Bickering, dim-witted national security experts work to catch two bungling terrorists with a taste for scones. A bored Air Force drone crew monitors the area while a freelance CIA assassin and part-time nude model lurks nearby. Note: This short film will serve as a demo for a feature.
Inclusion StatementI wanted to write women into roles that have typically gone to men in other films, so two of the Air Force characters - both pilots - and two of the national security professionals are women.
About The Project
The film's official title is literally ████████. As you can imagine that's not always practical, so we usually refer to it in writing as REDACTED.
A "PinkEye" reconnaissance satellite picks up a cell phone conversation between two terrorists, Kumquat Radish and Goulash Salami. Radish's car is broken down in the California desert just north of the tiny Mexican town of Comiendo los Mocos, and he's asked Salami to pick him up. They plan to commit an unspecified terror attack using only a few sticks of ACME dynamite (the brand preferred by Wile E. Coyote).
A meeting of national security professionals is convened in order to come up with a plan to stop the plot. They are:
Unknown to the others, Fritter contacts her regular freelance assassin, Gourd Snapper. Snapper receives the text message as he earns his other source of income as a nude artist's model.
Meanwhile, Colonel Fennel tasks an Air Force Drone crew - Major Persimmon Tapioca and Senior Airman Phyllo Spanakopita - with monitoring the area.
Snapper arrives at his sniper perch, one of the monstrous wind turbine generators east of San Diego. He begins putting together his IKEA-like sniper rifle, GÜN. (Two words: Hokey Pokey.)
Salami, listening to a seminar presented by motivational speaker Curd Pesto, arrives and meets Radish in the desert.
The drone crew spots the pair and calls in the contact. Colonel Fennel, ignoring the objections of DOJ attorney Zwieback, authorizes the firing of a missile from the drone. The crew launches the missile just as Snapper squeezes the trigger. Bullet and missile fly toward Salami's car as they drive away, listening to the seminar as they drink coffee and eat scones.
But do either the bullet or the missile actually reach their intended target?
████████ is well on its way toward production. We have all the equipment needed, and all the props, set dressing and costume items are already on-hand. We have functional "unmanned aerial vehicle" (drone) control consoles with nearly a dozen built-in video monitors that will be fed pre-recorded footage on-set from miniature solid-state video players.
We've even developed a completely new short-run manufacturing process to create military flight suit patches - it didn't make sense to spend the minimum of $100 or so per design for a custom patch order when we only needed two of each.
With ████████ as a short film, we've only scratched the surface of what's possible. There's plenty of plot and character development to be explored, and our satire can easily be expanded to feature film length. That's our ultimate plan for world domination... with your help.
Some day... some day...
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About This Team
Amy Marie Bowersox
Major Persimmon "Kong" Tapioca
Amy is a Navy veteran and former nuclear power operator based in San Diego and Los Angeles. Her family was confused by her decision to pursue acting, but wrote it off as not the craziest thing she’s ever done. She's performed in theatre productions of "You Can't Take it with You" and as Amanda Wingfield in "The Pretty Trap." She's also known for her roles in films such as "M.F.A.," "Out of the Box," and "Deer in Headlights." She enjoys foreign languages, hiking, and reading Star Trek Voyager fan fiction in her spare time.
Adam grew up in San Diego and graduated SDSU with a BA in Theatre Performance. Immediately after graduating, Adam went on to star on the children's tv/dvd series The Jumpitz for three years. Since then, Adam has gone on to make many appearances on Days of Our Lives and the films Phantom, Sexy Evil Genius, Demons, and most recently Dollhead. Adam is also very involved in the SD theatre scene, including starring in Noises Off, Picnic, and The Odd Couple.
Mike is a San Diego Native who started doing standup comedy in 2009 and never turned back. Wanting to improve his comedy, he turned to improv and was formally trained at the National Comedy Theatre. He has since been in a feature film, many short films, webisodes, and TV commercials. One of his biggest accomplishments was being hired by Cartoon Network to perform in their live interactive event during Comic Con as a lead character, which led to several episode bumps on national television.
Teresa Suarez Grosso
Teresa is a first generation American, the fifth-born of Spanish parents, and fluent in English and Castillian Spanish, with a smattering of French. She's skilled in acting for film and theatre, voiceover, public speaking, teaching and dance; her profession is medicine. With a penchant for imitating foreign accents, you'd never guess she was raised in Iowa.
Philip has extesnsive film, television and theater experience, including dramatic and comedic roles on the stage in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest"," "Heaven Can Wait," "Hamlet," "The Odd Couple," "The Crucible," "Much Ado About Nothing," "You Can't Take It With You," and many more. His performance training is extensive too, including improv training with "The Grounglings."
Loretta Morkunas Jones
Colonel Cassava "Starchy" Fennel
Loretta is an actress, producer and model. She is a substitute teacher by day. She has been married for 26 years and has 3 (almost all adults) children. Loretta got involved in film rather by accident. She went to a casting call to be an extra and was hired to be paid as a background actor. Networking and background work was so much fun that she decided to take a more active role in the film community. She has since been in short films, feature films, on TV and commercials, even once appearing on billboards in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Voices of Curd Pesto and Announcer
Joe was one of those kids who loved to make people smile but was too shy for the stage. He had a knack for languages and accents and always appreciated the agility of the mouth, throat, and face to make the most amazingly entertaining sounds. After pursuing a PhD in history, he began exploring a skill he always considered secondary: speaking. Joe’s clear, tech-savvy, millennial voice has enlivened e-learning modules, commercials, and audiobooks focusing mostly on fiction and memoirs. But his true passion is performing characters.
Joe is a product of the renowned training programs at Northwestern, Alabama Shakespeare and Steppenwolf West, studying with the brilliant instructors Kim Rubinstein, Alexandra Billings (Transparent), and Jeff Perry (Scandal). Joe has performed professionally in New York and Chicago. On the local stage, he received lovely reviews for his recent portrayal of Rick in Point Loma Playhouse’s "Building the Wall" and as Mr. Dussel in Moxie Theatre’s "Diary of Anne Frank." Playing Myron in "Awake and Sing!" at New Village Arts earned the ensemble nominations for Best Production and Best Cast.
Denice is a cross between Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy. Denice is a San Diego native that began her acting career at age 6. She continued acting in various plays and commercials until junior year of high school. After graduating at the top of her class she married and had two beautiful girls. She raised her children always knowing that she would go back to acting when the time was right... and that time is now! She has been in 20 films, voice overs and written a script all in one year’s time. Denice is a force to be reckoned with and has an unstoppable drive and determination to be the best actress she can be.
Edgar recently wrapped a supporting role for a Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo documentary for the Cabrillo National Monument and was featured as the bouncer in the recently-released "Future World." Last year he got to work both behind and in front of the camera on "The Christ Slayer" (due in theaters Christmas 2018), where he also had a supporting role. He's currently voicing "Jim" the dog as well as providing other character voices for a children’s audio tour of the Battleship Texas State Historic Site.
Paul performed in front of an audience since his early childhood, starting out as a magician and later becoming preoccupied with theater acting. After many twists and turns, for the last four years he has been dedicated full time to acting in films and on stage. He was nominated in 2017 for an Aubrey Award for Best Major Supporting Actor in a Drama, "Waiting for Godot."
Dave's work in film began with 16mm and has continued with the introduction of digital technology. He's filled several behind-the-camera roles, including those of writer, director, cinematographer, and others. He's worked on feature films, short films and television shows. When necessary, Dave has reluctantly stepped in front of the camera, including one appearance as an elderly woman.
Aiden is a dedicated cinematographer, gaffer, and first assistant camera who has worked in the field for the last eight years. He has built his understanding and knowledge of the craft from taking multiple classes, workshops, and watching and learning from cinematographer Stephen Sheridan work on the set of the feature film, "The Samuel Project." He worked as camera operator on Tonight in San Diego, a television variety talk show broadcast throughout San Diego. Aiden also worked as first assistant camera on "Jordan Loves," a KPBS web series and "Synchronicity," a short film.