Written by Damon Williams and directed/produced by Heather Scobie, “Twisted Proverbs:
Candle” is a twisted restoration on an old proverb. This episode explores a moment
where frustration is handled in a zen sort of way.
As an old man tries to enjoy his dinner in peace, his wife of many years joins him
at the table. What is normally considered to be an oppressive experience, changes
when he dines by candle light during a storm. This is a lighthearted look into a
weathered marriage that gets a spark of new perspective.
Basically, the scene made us laugh and we wanted to share the humor. The project
was shot in the director’s living room because it was free, had a really short commute
time, and the craft service room (kitchen) was amazingly close to set. The living
room was fairly long and narrow, so instead of moving the camera set ups around,
we merely rotated the set/actors. Our production day, with makeup application included,
was about six hours.
Beyond that, this short was created as an exercise to test the dynamic range in lighting
using our new toy, the Sony EX3. The shoot was short, relaxed, and filmed in the
director’s living room. There was very little adjustment made in post production
to create the nicely crushed blacks and warm, saturated colors.
Both of these actors had a great time exploring how dramatic aging makeup can help
influences the development of a character’s nuances. Roger’s embrace of the suddenly
deep and plentiful wrinkles on his normally smooth flawless face was endearing to
watch. Suzie’s playful nature brought laughs to the set, flying press-on-nails and
all, as she skillfully worked with her blind eye contact lens and enormous facial
Twisted Proverbs: Candle is a comedy short film is intended for older teens and adults
who like silly humor.
Twisted Proverbs: Candle is a very short, short film with a full running time of
ROGER CHAN (Wise Old Man) was born in Washington DC and is proud of his Han Dynasty
ancestral lineage. As an adult, he moved from his home town to Texas in 2000, when
he was recruited to serve as Assistant City Manager of the City of Austin. Having
been a political appointee in DC, he had quite a bit of public speaking experience
as well as radio and TV appearances, so he began a professional voice over career.
That quickly blossomed into work in front of the camera the moment agents were looking
for talent through his voice over agent. He has been working steadily as an actor
since that moment.
Roger has no formal training, however, for the first 25 years of his life he was
painfully shy, stuttered, and had a pronounced lisp all of which made him rather
reclusive and inward. Like others who are labeled "shy" he became a receptacle of
characters who interacted with him and /or who he chose to store in his mental collection.
He can easily draw on these personas for roles as necessary.
Roger’s speech impediment was instantly cured when he accidentally drowned while
white water rafting and had to be resuscitated. He feels there's nothing like dying
to wake your *arse* up and really live. His ride is a 1450cc Indian Spirit, rain
or shine, and he now loves life passionately. Roger has been blessed with an acting
career filled with National and international TV ads like Nike, WalMart, DELL, AMD,
VISA, American Airlines, Golfsmith, Johnson&Johnson and many others, as well as movies
and episodic TV.
SUZIE TRUE (Scary Old Woman) is a multilingual screenwriter and actress based in
Texas and twice annual resident of Spain.
In her writing, she focuses on broad and adult comedy. She is well-known in writing
circles for her unique sense of humor, ability to paint scenes with few words, and
skill with dialogue. She is fortunate to be able to watch many international films,
sometimes in their original languages, and likes to incorporate some of their style
in her scripts though remaining true to American entertainment-focused storytelling.
Suzie is often cast for her ability to act authoritative and knowledgeable. To that
end, she has played roles such as neurologist, instructor, and Justice Ginsberg (in
voice only). Her ability to memorize pages of difficult dialogue and deliver them
naturally is one of her assets, as is her positive energy on set. Her true personality
leans more toward daring and gutsy with a masked vulnerability, though her sharp
wit lends itself well to comedy.
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