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Watch The Micro-budgeted Short Film That Has All Of Hollywood Buzzing...

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 17, 2011 11:18 AM
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Here's another one of those so-called career-making short films; this one is titled Plot Device, and it reportedly has Hollywood studio execs all excited about the filmmaker who made it - Seth Worley of Nashville, TN.

Made for about $10,000, the short film has been played almost 15,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube about 3 weeks ago.

Since then, the film has attracted the attention of movie studios and talent agencies in Hollywood who are interested in working with Worley. And he's now reportedly heading west to meet with several agencies, from CAA to UTA and WME, and movie producers.

Don't be surprised if he's signed on to direct the next summer blockbuster.

So, is the short film really that impressive? Watch it and judge for yourselves below:

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22 Comments

  • Astan Billings | July 20, 2011 9:08 AMReply

    I am a black filmmaker and all I can say is:

    THERE SHALL BE NO EXCUSE!!!

    THIS FILM IS OMG!!!!!

    I WILL BE A TUTORIAL JUNKIE FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR!!

    PRESSES BUTTON!! ZHOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMM!!

  • Astan Billings | July 20, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    Amazing, Just AMAZING!!!! INSPIRING!! Finally something Fresh exactly what I needed! Hope they make a franchise out of it!!

  • CHJ | July 20, 2011 2:58 AMReply

    I absolutely loved it!! Great creativity!!

  • @filmmakerharryb | July 19, 2011 2:49 AMReply

    Did someone steal Staples idea here. Hollywood doesn't know what to buzz about. Look it's a kid from Somalia. He made a film, and it's good. He used his the only money he had for lunch. WOW! lol

    COme on Hollywood,

  • Johnnie MD | July 18, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    I thought that was clever.

  • Nikyatu | July 18, 2011 6:21 AMReply

    BLACK FILMMAKERS YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE!!!! as @elhag so eloquently and boldly put it. lmao

  • cruz777 | July 18, 2011 6:13 AMReply

    why do folks think cap lock is the best thing to grab peoples attention?

    it isn't

  • elhaq | July 18, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    http://nofilmschool.com/2011/07/latest-hdslr-success-story-no-budget-for/

  • elhaq | July 18, 2011 4:47 AMReply

    THIS FILM IS MADE BY A SPECIAL EFFECTS WEBSITE GROUP FOR AFTEREFFECTS. THE GUY WHO DID ALL THE EFFECTS IS A GUY WHO FOR YEARS HAS BEEN DOING TUTORIALS ON ADOBE'S AFTEREFFECTS, A COMPOSITING PROGRAM ON HIS WEBSITE. RECENTLY BECAUSE OF THIS WORK HE WAS ASKED TO DO MOVIE AND TV EFFECTS...

    HE NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL FOR THIS HE JUST LEARNED AFTEREFFECTS ON HIS OWN. HE DID THE OPENING FOR THE JJ ABRAMS STAR TREK MOVIE AND JJ ABRAMS TV SHOW FRINGE PLUS 3D EFFECTS FOR THE TRANSITIONS IN FRINGE.

    THIS FILM IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN HIM A DIRECTOR AND RED GIANT WHICH MAKES WHAT ARE CALLED "FILM LOOKS" FILTERS FOR AFTEREFFECT . THAT'S WHY ALL THE DIFFERENT LOOKS OF THE FILM AFTER THE BUTTON IS PUSHED.

    WHAT THIS GUY HAS BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS AND WHAT OTHERS RECOGNIZE FROM THIS FILM AND HIS WEBSITE IS THAT NOW THAT TECHNOLOGY IS SO MUCH MORE ADVANCED THERE ARE PRODUCTS OUT THERE THAT COST LITTLE THEY WILL HELP YOU CREATE A FILM JUST AS GOOD AS HOLLYWOOD.

    I ALSO CAN TELL YOU THAT THE BUDGET PROBABLY WAS CALCULATED BY CAMERA COST, $4000 FOR THE CANON 5D, THE SOFTWARE FOR EFFECTS AND EDITING. ADOBE'S AFTEREFFECT FOR COMPOSITING AND PREMIERE FOR EDITING COME IN A SUITE THAT COST ABOUT $2600, MACPRO $2500 AND A $1000 FOR ACTORS, FOOD AND OTHER EQUIPMENT LIKE MICS, CAMERA RIGS AND MONITORS. I COULD PRICE ALL THOSE TOO AND STILL BE UNDER THE $1000...

    BLACK FILMMAKERS HAVE NO EXCUSE AND TAMBAY IF YOU DO A SEARCH FOR THE FILM "FOR LOVER'S ONLY" YOU CAN SEE A WHOLE FILM THAT WAS MADE WITH THE CANON 5D, FOR NO MONEY WHICH GROSSED $200,000 FROM ITUNES SALES ALONE SO FAR, NO MARKETING EXCEPT FOR TWITTER AND FACEBOOK.

    BLACK FILMMAKERS YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 18, 2011 3:51 AMReply

    They could've saved half that money and just went with a better, more compelling (and cheaper) story.

  • filfilmmaker | July 18, 2011 3:07 AMReply

    This post raises a question in my mind: just what exactly makes something an "indiewire-worthy material"? What qualifies it for an "independent" status? By including this post on the site I can't help but think that what is really being suggested here is that it is merely the fact that a movie is "independently made", even though the flick clearly is, in its nature (or tone, or message), strictly commercial.
    Maybe I am totally off here, but I don't call indie an indie only for its being made independently - the term, for me, carries also the air of adjectives like "artsy" or "important", or "original", perhaps even "true" & "beautiful". I'd hate to see "indies" made merely as a desperate cry to be noticed by the studios.

    Isn't there something self-contradictory going on, when indiewire validates such things as "the recognition by studios", and "potential commercial viability" as a meassure of an independent filmmaker's success story?

  • Ladybug | July 18, 2011 2:55 AMReply

    shrugs

  • JayG | July 18, 2011 2:52 AMReply

    Looks like someone had a lot of fun messing with all the effects and filters in Final Cut.

    Also, looks like an, er, USC film school short. Pejorative? You decide.

  • Steven | July 18, 2011 1:59 AMReply

    It's definitely funny and more power to him. It looked like a lot of after effects plug-ins was utilized. I saw more creative shorts online.

  • Laura | July 18, 2011 1:00 AMReply

    It was cute and clever. I really enjoyed it.

    But don't think for one moment because it was made outside of hollywood a bunch of amateurs made the film. I recognized one of the names in the credit --Stu Maschwitz. He is also the author of the book came in the mail with the plot device. I have Maschwitz's book sitting in my bookshelf.

    Stu is a commercial director and founder of a San Francisco based visual effects and film prodcution company. He work in visual effects in Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic. ( I just read this from the back of his book.)

    Hollywood always have these Horatio Algier stories. No these guys are professional. They may not be Hollywood or New York based, but they are definitely professionals.

  • mechele | July 17, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    it was good enough. nothing astoundingly original about the concept or execution but as lauryn says, everything under the sun has already been done. it is impressive that it was done for so little.

  • darkan | July 17, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    @ Donnie. Totally agreed. You took the thoughts right out of my head! Lol.

  • Zeus | July 17, 2011 12:36 PMReply

    Well done. I dug it. :)

    And $10,000 should be a minimum for most shorts that want to be done right.

  • James Madison | July 17, 2011 12:30 PMReply

    I liked it!

    It was fun to see the different styles and spoofs/parodies on contemporary film.

    I am curious to see Seth's "unique" voice throughout a feature/short.

    Good work

  • MsWOO | July 17, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    $10,000 for a short is micro-budget?

    It looks good, but a little too gimmicky and familiar. But, hey, inane high concept is what floats Hollywood's boat, so...

  • Screen Nation | July 17, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    Well, what can you say.

    To the majority hollywood loving movie-going audience that would be fun flick, but we thought the direction was typical hollywood hack work and there was nothing that we saw that demanded using our brain, other than working out if much of the cast and crew were Jewish as their names may have suggested.

    To us its just a well made short for a few bucks by a filmmaker who could deliver to order, which I suppose is what got the execs wet.

    Seems to us, Seth is the next in line to join the LA Jewish Hoilywood Mafia..Good luck to him and hope his main crew get a ticket to LA off his credit card as well.

    We wonder what the same execs would make of a filmmaker like Wanuri Kahiu?

  • Donnie Leapheart | July 17, 2011 12:14 PMReply

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