Briella Jaden returns home from a New Year’s party, and exhausted, she wants to only drop down on her bed and fall asleep. After getting changed out of her dress, she eventually drifts off on top of the sheets and pillows. Unfortunately, the young woman’s slumber is interrupted by a knock at the door. Not just once, but multiple times Briella is forced to crawl out of bed to answer these troublesome solicitors. Only too late, she realizes that she has exposed herself to strangers in the process.
For this video, I returned to the location where I first worked with Briella in 2011. It’s not exactly the same room, but close enough. More importantly, it is type of set up with the kitchenette and living area, making it easier to pass off as a studio apartment.
Again, the idea is that Briella’s character changes into a skimpy t-shirt only, and then answers the door like that after falling asleep. Unawareness of her bottomless state is played up for her clueless attitude and later embarrassment when she suddenly comprehends. The implication is that time has passed since she first fell asleep, and it is likely the next morning but she is in a complete daze.
What I enjoyed in this production is Briella’s range of emotions. She goes from her usual silly, sexy self to then expressing frustration and even anger. It may be the first time I had a character of hers get really mad. And in some spots, her groans of annoyance reminded me of how Amy or Sativa would react in similar situations.
When I was working at the beginning of editing, the tight red dress Briella starts out in along with her hair cut, gave me a bit of a Christina Applegate vibe. From her later years, when she had shorter hair. Maybe it’s not an entirely accurate reference, but that’s who I thought of.
Being constrained to the indoors, I was surprised how much material I was able to capture and put together. That seems to be a quality of Briella, she does not rush her takes. Even if she messes up a line, she usually does so in a way that’s funny or even useable for the final cut, within the context of her character. Sometimes I think you can see her working out thoughts slowly in her head, preparing for her performance.
The music tracks were composed by Peanuth O’Toole. A hard-hitting punkish rock theme shares the same title “Do Not Disturb”. He also provided an alternate version that starts where the drums kick in, which I use for the end credits.
The full video is almost 19 minutes and is available in 2 parts at my clips4sale store.