Camp Takota Review
Drawing from her own experiences as a camp counsellor during her time in college, YouTuber Mamrie Hart began writing the script for her first feature film in 2011. She later teamed up with Michael Goldfine and Lydia Genner and it was from here that she developed the idea to include characters that she, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart could play and so, with that, Camp Takota was born.
The YouTube trifecta of Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart just so happen to be best friends when their cameras are not rolling so it made perfect sense that the three talented actresses would team up together to make Camp Takota a reality. Whilst appearing on stage during VidCon, a conference for YouTube viewers to meet and greet their favourite YouTubers, the trio announced live on stage that they planned to begin production on Camp Takota in August 2013 with RockStream studios.
The film follows Elise (Grace Helbig), whose personal and professional life is left in shambles, who ends up having to take a job as a counselor at her old summer camp. There, she reunites with two estranged friends (Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart) who attended camp and never left. When the future of the camp is put in jeopardy, the three friends must band together to save it, changing the course of their lives forever.
Clearly a definite passion project for the trio, Grace Helbig kept a behind-the-scenes set diary which gave her followers exclusive access to the set during the two week shoot to keep the attention of their demographic. A distribution deal was secured with pay-to-view platform VHX who allowed those wanting to see the film the opportunity to pre-order months ahead of its release. Fast forward to 14th February 2014 and Camp Takota was officially released via its website where the film is available for streaming and download.
Having seen the film we can say without hesitation that we really enjoyed it. Nicely directed by Chris Riedell and Nick Riedell, Camp Takota is a brilliant film from Mamrie Hart whose script is both hilariously funny and has plenty of heartfelt moments that make the film feel truly special.
As for performances, It goes without saying that they are equally as solid as the script. Grace Helbig is fantastic in the lead role of Elise as she balances drama and humour effortlessly, Hannah Hart also gives a good performance but it is Mamrie Hart who steals the show with her portrayal of Maxine, the camp’s lead counsellor. Clearly all three women had plenty of fun whilst on set and their real-life friendship really shines through in their performances as their on-screen chemistry is undeniably sound.
Overall, Camp Takota will have you entertained from start to end. Sure it may play to all the standard comedy tropes but the film uses these to its advantage to craft a film which is not only very funny but carries with it an important message about friendship and self-discovery.
Camp Takota is available to purchase direct from www.camptakota.com and we think the trailer below should have you rushing straight over there.