Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse
|Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse|
|Directed by||Jason Stone|
|Produced by||Rachel Robb Kondrath
|Written by||Seth Rogen
|Music by||Mark Petrie|
|Edited by||Neel Upadhye|
|Distributed by||Mandate Films
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
|June 4, 2007
October 1, 2013 (full short)
Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse is a 2007 short comedy film written by Evan Goldberg and Jason Stone, and directed by Stone. The film, designed as a roughly one-and-a-half minute movie trailer for YouTube but conceived as a 9-minute short, stars actors Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. It was adapted into a feature film, This Is the End, and was finally released in full on its full-length counterpart's Blu-ray release.
Seth and Jay are holed-up in a cockroach infested, filthy apartment. Although not specified, something terrible is going on outside. After a series of various trivial arguments it's decided that the need for water is so great that one of them will have to go outside the heavily-barricaded house to fix the supply - a job which requires going onto the roof.
Jay reluctantly goes, after being reminded that Seth went last time and therefore it's his turn. While up on the roof and after quickly restoring the water supply, an anxious Seth hears a shot from the pistol Jay was carrying. A bathroom window is broken from the outside and Seth's anxiety increases. Seth's shouts to Jay are met with silence and blood begins to flow through the faucet. Seth sits trembling on the floor, back to the wall, clutching a table-leg with nails through the end, ready to defend himself against the threat of whatever is out there.
Immediately after wrapping production on Knocked Up, Stone and Goldberg worked to turn around the short's script in only three weeks. Principal photography lasted for two days in September 2006, with one day of pick-ups in January 2007. Rachel Robb Kondrath, who co-produced the short with Stone, was also the production designer, and the few visual effects were provided by The Orphanage under co-founder Scott Stewart. After the trailer they put up on YouTube in June 2007 got over 50,000 hits in the first two weeks, Stone and Goldberg began shopping the project around. Variety reports that several production companies vied for the rights for production.
In October 2011, it was announced[where?] that there would be a feature film adaptation of the trailer, titled This Is the End. The film was released on June 12, 2013, and co-stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The plot centers around the group having a party at Franco's house when the apocalypse commences. Many celebrity cameos occur during the film, including Jason Segel, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Aziz Ansari and Paul Rudd. On October 1, 2013, Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse was finally released in full as a Blu-ray exclusive feature on the home video release on This Is the End.
The clip on YouTube, which is the only publicly available footage from the film, bills itself as a trailer because when it was first posted, the filmmakers intended to publicly screen the short at festivals. However, when the film was picked up by Mandate, the short was shelved from festival consideration. This frustrated many fans, who expected to see a feature closer to the 2007 release of the trailer online. The trailer had over 200,000 views in its first 14 months.
- Jay & Seth Vs. The Apocalypse: The Original Short, a Blu-Ray exclusive on the home video release of This Is the End
- Vozick-Levinson, Simon (June 12, 2008). "From viral video to actual movie: The 'Apocalypse' draws nigh!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- CinemaBlend.com: "Seth Rogen And Jay Baruchel Fight The Apocalypse"
- Variety: "Rogen, Baruchel set for 'Apocalypse'"
- This Is the End official site
- on YouTube
- Slashfilm: "The idea for the film began as an internet trailer..."