Before Christmas

Before Christmas is a short ballad to an aging American generation that often struggles to maintain a sense of purpose and relevance in todays arguably "throw away" world. The main character, a nameless old man, finds himself alone on Christmas Eve after the death of his wife some years ago. The old man sets out into the city where he encounters someone quite opposite of himself- a homeless man known only as Santa (Scot A. Kaitanowski). Together, the two find solace in each other and build an unlikely friendship before christmas.

  • Ryan Monolopolus
    Director
    Recovery, ALPHA, 64 Over 8
  • Ryan Monolopolus
    Writer
    Recovery, ALPHA, 64 Over 8
  • Jeremy Cournyea
    Producer
  • Trevor Boyd
    Producer
  • Ryan Monolopolus
    Producer
  • Scot A. Kaitowski
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Keith Barone
    Key Cast
  • Cameron Garrity
    Key Cast
  • Adam Kreutinger
    Key Cast
  • Adam Kreutinger
    Puppet Builder
  • Cameron Garrity
    Lead Puppeteer
  • Brandon Zarbo
    Director of Photography
  • Future Self Productions
    Production Companies
  • Monolopolus Productions
    Production Companies
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Puppet, drama, holiday
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 24, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 48 Hour Holiday Film Festival
    Buffalo, NY
    December 30, 2014
    Regional Premiere
    Best Directing, Best Writing, Audience Choice Award
Director Biography - Ryan Monolopolus

Ryan Monolopolus is young upcoming director currently based on the east coast. With a strong focus on narrative storytelling and action-based content, he has created a multitude of feature, short, episodic and commercial productions. From the civil war epic Shenandoah (2017), to the dramedy TV pilot 64 over 8, Ryan’s work has a distinct and diverse visual style that always considers the story first. Through his collaborations with some of the world’s leading puppeteers and most talented martial artists, he has created a unique network of artists that contribute to his storytelling ability.

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