If you were fortunate enough to catch the first episode of “Wesley Vaughn Is Hanging On” (directed by Eric Stumpf ’13, written by Eli Cohn ’13, and starring Paul-Emile Cendron ’13) you’ve no doubt been looking forward to the second installment in the series. The first short-film, a well-produced homage to silent films and the artistic process, showcased Stumpf’s filmmaking literacy, Cohen’s smart writing, and Cendron’s dynamic acting.
The ambitious second episode of “Wesley Vaughn” does an excellent job of riffing on the filmic and thematic elements established in the first episode while covering new territory. It clocks in at twice the length of the first, and it features approximately 16 actors (the vast majority of whom are Skidmore alum) as opposed to the two actors of Episode 1. The film features a particularly well-done scene in which Cendron, Julia Hansen ’13 and Alex Orthwein ’13 engage in some very entertaining slapstick shenanigans.
What makes the film so wonderful is the way in which it balances its identity as a very homage to the silent films and slapstick comedy, yet Stump and Cohen have somehow given it a modern aesthetic that provides us a way into the piece. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that you’ve probably seen a handful of these people at parties, in line at Burgess, and letting it all show in the Naked Run.
All in all, Stumpf and company have outdone themselves with the second installment of “Wesley Vaughn,” which is an entertaining and self-aware celebration of the legacy of the silent era, as well as Skidmore talent in the post-grad arena. You’ll definitely wanted to stay tuned for more work from Stumpf, including the next installment of what is shaping up to be a wonderful series.
(It’s also well worth noting that Cendron was recently featured in The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and is set for an October 10th release.)