Behind the Scenes of Diner Formal: A Feeln Original

Diner Formal

This week, we are proud to present the world premiere of the Feeln Original “Diner Formal,” available exclusively at feeln.com. Rachel had the dress, the shoes, the makeup, and everything she needed to make the scene at her school’s Winter Ball. Then her date didn’t show. Her mother rushes to meet her, and they head inside a little diner to talk. But with a little holiday spirit from a friendly stranger, Rachel still has a night to remember.

Diner Formal

“‘Diner Formal‘ really resonated with me because my older daughter’s boyfriend stood her up,” said Director Ken Carlson (“Dating Avi,” “Big Gus“) “They had been going out for 15 months, and she was devastated. I thought writer John Dion told such a sweet, simple story. I felt my experience could bring life to it.”

The film was shot at Rae’s Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. “All of the Christmas decorations in the diner came from my garage,” Ken said. “My family and I go all out decorating for the holidays. We love creating a winter wonderland that others can enjoy.” This was also the first time Ken’s younger daughter visited one of his film sets. “She got to meet the cast and crew and asked lots of questions,” Ken said. “She thought it was the greatest.”

Diner Formal

“I want viewers to come away from this film thinking, ‘Maybe I could be that server. Maybe I could bring unexpected joy to someone’s life,'” Ken said. “There’s a lot of negativity out there, but there are also hints of hope–you just have to look for them. These are everyday moments we don’t think about, but when we film them and breathe life into them and share them, they make this world a better place.”

Get up and dance with “Diner Formal,” free for two weeks on Feeln.

Diner Formal

 

Cast and Crew

DIRECTED BY Ken Carlson

STORY BY John Dion

PRODUCED BY Rob Fried

PRODUCED BY Iris Ichishita

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Naré Mkrtchyan

LINE PRODUCER Rebecca Stone

 

CAST

GRACE Rebecca Tilney

RACHEL Britt Flatmo

BRYAN Conor Linick

CO-WORKER Joe Salling

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Nancy Schreiber

EDITOR James Lee Hernandez

ORIGINAL SCORE Aram Mandossian

PRODUCTION DESIGNER Adriana Serrano

COSTUME DESIGNER June Suepunpuck

CASTING DIRECTOR Tanner Thomason

 

CREW

1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Nick Bertelsen

2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Jean Schwartz

2nd 2nd AD John Klymshyn

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR Nicole M. Rivera

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Iliana Guevera

SET DRESSER Yuri Elvin

SET DRESSER Ryan Bartley

MAKE UP & HAIR Heather O’Boyle

ASSISTANT EDITOR/DIT/BTS Dustin Elkin

STEADICAM OPERATOR Rick Drapkin

1st ASSISTANT CAMERA Matt Kelly

2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA Dylan Catherina

GAFFER Vi Dave Han

KEY GRIP Pat Hubbard

BEST BOY ELECTRIC Sam Tybi

BEST BOY GRIP Mike Love

SWING Jeb Alderson

SOUND MIXER Justin Fox

KEY PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Frank Paulino

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT John Kellogg

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Adrian Rozas

PRODUCTION INTERN Matt Hartman

PRODUCTION INTERN Jessica Maroney

PRODUCTION INTERN Delaney Moghanian

CATERING Impeccable Taste

BACKGROUND ACTORS

DINER PATRON 1 Danice Page

DINER PATRON 2 Natasha Estrada

DINER PATRON 3 Bobby Javinett

DINER PATRON 4 William Myers

DINER PATRON 5 Elsa Myers

DINER PATRON 6 John Vatunigere

ADDITIONAL CO-WORKER Kaisli Kaprielle

SPECIAL THANKS The Carlson Family

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About Steven Tagle

Steven Tagle has been published in Spork and The Rumpus, and his documentaries have aired on Current TV. The recipient of a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, he studies fiction writing in the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

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