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The FP
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06.28.2012 By: Mathew Plale
The FP order
Director:
Brandon Trost, Jason Trost

Actors:
Jason Trost
Lee Valmassy
Caitlyn Folley

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the dystopian future, two rival gangs battle for land through rounds of a dance video game called Beat-Beat Revelation.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It’s the future and a feud between two gangs--the 248 and the 245--fumes. The only way to settle who claims Frazier Park, of course, is through a dance video game called Beat-Beat Revelation.

After his older brother BTRO (Brandon Barrera) is killed during a dance-off by 245’s leader L Dubba E (Lee Valmassy), JTRO (Jason Trost) goes into hiding. A year later, he’s pulled back into the world and, after a pair of up-tempo training montages, forced to battle.

The characters of The FP have names like KCDC, BLT, Beat Box Busta Bill, and Sugga Nigga, and say things like, “Off the frill,” “Where’s ya dank?” “Yo ass was all beat beatin’ like a knuckle fluffin whatchamacallit, nig,” and other bits of slang that are impossible to decipher.

The FP takes a lot of cues from ‘70s and ‘80s movies like The Warriors and Escape from New York, which rightfully earned their cult fan bases. The FP, with its so-bad-it’s-good attitude, wants to sit in the realm of Walter Hill and John Carpenter. But those men put heart into their ideas. The team behind The FP doesn’t. They selfishly love their gags and in-jokes and don’t even care to let those who would see their movie in on the “fun.”

The FP is directed and written by brothers Brandon and Jason Trost. Their dad served as executive producer/special effects coordinator and their sister did the costumes. Mom can’t be very proud.
THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary by Trost Bros.: In this track, the duo go into the making of The FP, touching on a variety of topics regarding the production and often commenting on what’s on the screen. As Jason seems eager to point out, the whole thing was like an “eight-year joke.”

The Making of The FP (21:28): The Trost Bros. and various cast and crew discuss the evolution of The FP, which started as a short film and eventually made its way to the big screen in 2011. Some of the info was covered in the commentary.

Costume Designing The FP: Interview with Sarah Trost (8:06): The Trost Bros.’ sister, who majored in fashion design, shares a bit about her role in the look of The FP.

Scoring in The FP: Interview with Composer George Holdcroft (6:09): Similar to the interview with Sarah Trost, this piece has Holdcroft discussing his work.

The FP in The FP: A Return to Frazier Park (10:30): Brandon and Jason Trost, in sleeveless “Frazier Fuckin Park” shirts, give a tour of Frazier Park, where the brothers grew up.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The FP is one of the most “knuckle fluffin whatchamacallit” movies ever conceived (I think?). If you can translate that, you may find the story--about a turf war settled over a Dance Dance Revolution knockoff--and the characters--with names like JTRO, Beat Box Busta Bill and Sugga Nigga--compelling. You may also take this Blu-ray out of my garbage. (Free of charge, but you supply your own gloves).
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