Title: The Man Who Never Smiled
Director: Josh Mihal
Screenwriter: G. E. Gallas
Filming Location: Sacramento, California.
Length of Script: 15-16 pages.
Genre: Film Noir, Drama.
Logline/Summary: A contemporary film noir about the tragic fate of a father and his daughter. Mr. Charles P. Cable finds himself unwittingly mixed up in a case of identity theft that provokes serious repercussions.
Reception: “…a compelling structure for a short. It heightens the stakes knowing that the protagonist is going to end up in a life-threatening and bloody situation. It also makes the story compact and easy to digest — a great attribute in a short.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Status: Currently in pre-production!
Message from director Josh Mihal:
Short film seeking CREW for shoot at the end of JULY. We need everything from sound to camera.
NON-PAID; food, credit, and IMDB credit provided. Completed film to be entered into festivals and contests.
Also seeking LOCATIONS in Sacramento, CA. 1) An office, large size, with cubicles or desks; also an open room with a desk. 2) A rundown house where we can shoot both inside and out.
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(If interested, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject “The Man Who Never Smiled,” and I’ll put you in touch with Josh!)
Message from screenwriter G. E. Gallas:
The Man Who Never Smiled began as the seed of an idea, based on an individual who was hired by my family to appraise the impressive art collection my grandfather and subsequently grandmother left behind. I never noticed that this man never smiled until my mom inadvertently said something that made him laugh and we were all shocked by the result.
Originally, the short screenplay was commissioned by a production company in the UK. But ultimately they were unable to film it. So I just put the project aside in my pile of yet-to-be-produced scripts. That was until earlier this year when, out of the blue, I received a message via Stage32 from Sacramento-based director Josh Mihal expressing his interest in my scripts and in particular The Man Who Never Smiled.
We began discussing the project over Skype. I created detailed notes for Josh and he set about recruiting the cast and crew. Soon, Josh will send me a shot list and I will get to work on a simple storyboard. Also, I will be working as script consultant on set. We are planning to film this July 27th and 28th.
It should be noted that we are doing this on a shoestring budget, which is simultaneously nerve-racking and compelling. Not only am I absolutely excited to finally see one of my scripts come to fruition, but I am also eager to send the finished project to various festivals and competitions.
Wish us luck!!
Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas