When you take a Blue Dragon Studios movie and strip it of guns, robots, and lasers, what are you left with? Plus One! In this comedic character study, a young man's relationship is tested by an obstacle more terrifying than any other: the heinous, horrible wine and cheese party. (2013, 12 minutes.)
Kevin and Ben talk about doing something more personal.
BEN: We've always made it a point to work in as many different genres as possible. Themes and character types get repeated, but I've always liked the idea of going from a western to a comedy to a horror film and back again.
KEVIN: You know your company means business when the owner deliberately pursues a strategy that ensures we never get good enough at any one thing to be successful.
BEN: After a while, I realized that my desire to work across the genre spectrum had created an inadvertent blindspot: movies with no genre.
KEVIN: What’s that mean? Domestic dramas? Lifetime movies?
BEN: Sort of. Basically, instead of making another movie depicting spies or gangsters, we made one about people like us living in a world like ours. I've always felt it was special or bold to tackle a big-boy genre with no money, but after ten years of doing precisely that, the more daring, outside-the-box choice had become simply pointing the camera at ourselves. Not a lot of guns in this movie.
KEVIN: Yeah, if you ignore the opening sequence.
BEN: How do you think Plus One turned out?
BEN: In most movies like these, the likable protagonist is paired with an ass hole friend. Here you have an ass hole protagonist paired with an ass hole friend.
KEVIN: It’s unclear who is bigger.
BEN: I often wonder if this is the kind of movie I should be making more often.
KEVIN: I often wonder if I should pursue more lucrative work. Do you know if McDonald’s is hiring?