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The dinner table.

A short film about the most ordinary days.

 
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Story.

A boy and his mom spend their lives in transit, as she drives him from one place to the next.
Every time he gets back in the car, he gets a little bit older.
Every time they talk, it means a little bit more.

And they wouldn’t change a minute of it.
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FRIDAY
If Dad dies would we be on TV?

BECKY
You don’t wanna be on TV for that hon’.

FRIDAY
I know, but would we?

CLARK
Dad’s not gonna die.

FRIDAY
Wasn’t asking you.

BECKY
Your brother’s right.

 
 
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THE DINNER TABLE is a
film about perspective.

 

Taking place entirely within the family van, we follow the contrarian CLARK in conversations from age 9-16 with his optimistic mother BECKY. He talks about HARRY POTTER, she talks about AFGHANISTAN – each unknowingly helping the other through life’s ups and downs.

As Clark becomes increasingly skeptical of the world around him, Becky becomes increasingly concerned for her son, and increasingly aware of just how little time they have together.

Mirroring my own experiences growing up in a military family forever on the move, the film is a reminder that these seemingly inconsequential conversations, these everyday bits of life in transit, form the foundation of Becky and Clark’s relationship. As Becky concludes when she prepares to drop off the newly driver- licensed Clark for the last time, it’s these “most ordinary days” that mean everything.

Clark can’t see it at first, his perspective is one of cynicism, of doubt. But even in the face of adversity, Becky’s perspective is one of thanks. She thanks God for the quiet days, for the small conversations, and for this time with Clark, even as it comes to an end. And that perspective is one that can make a difference, even on us cynics.

 
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Sizzle Reel

A conceptual trailer, created using
visual and tonal references for the film.

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CLARK
I just feel like Harry’s Dad had it easy. He bullies Snape, he gets the girl, and everyone pats him on the back for pulling it together when he grows up. Fighting a villain that he helped to make.

BECKY
Yeah. Also he gets murdered by the dark lord.

CLARK
Yes.

 
 
 
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Touchstones.

A combination of existential talk cinema, experiential filmmaking, and coming of age drama, THE DINNER TABLE is a film for thinking, relating, and feeling – sometimes all at once.

Consequent references include: the chatty witticisms of MY DINNER WITH ANDRE and Richard Linklater’s BEFORE TRILOGY. The minimalist discipline of LOCKE (also set entirely in a car) and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT. And the heartbroken handheld cinematography of dreamy, tone-poem romances CHUNGKING EXPRESS and LOST IN TRANSLATION.

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Cinematography.

Visual references for the film’s final look.

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BECKY
I had everything to lose, and He woke me up with a quick tap on the side. And I knew I’d just been saved. I’d been given a clear look at this horrible thing my life may have been - and was saved.

 
 
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The team.

WRITER/DIRECTOR - Andrew Bryan Scott
Per his father’s time in the Air Force, Andrew grew up in WWII hotspots Hawaii, Japan, and Germany. A graduate of NYU's Film program, his thesis film, about a 6-year old girl trying to save her sick dog, won NYU craft awards for Lead Actress and Production Design. His original teleplays have been honored in various festivals, his critical reviews have been published by numerous outlets, and he once wrote a poem that made his (ex)girlfriend cry. His on set credentials include shoots in New York, Ireland, and Kenya, and he's currently based in Los Angeles, where he’s worked as an assistant at The Gersh Agency, Development Coordinator for Ideate Media (DIRK GENTLY), and as a freelance writer in features. Goals include winning back his (ex)girlfriend and writing/directing a film as good as BEFORE SUNSET.

PRODUCER - Kyle Bowles
Kyle is an assistant to director Michael Mann (HEAT, COLLATERAL) at Forward Pass Inc. He joined FPI from Gersh and previously began his career at Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures. An LA native from Inglewood, Kyle fell in love with movies early on. At Villanova University, he co-produced LIMBO, a social justice documentary that explores the lives of West African migrants held at a reception center in Italy. He also wrote and directed a narrative short, SHADOW IN THE SHADE, which won an award at the 2016 Long Beach Indie International Film Festival. Kyle believes in the power of diverse, cinematic storytelling to bring people together and aspires to a career making damn good movies that do just that.

PRODUCER - Emma Taylor
Emma began her career in television on the east coast, working at NFL Films on the shows Inside the NFL, All or Nothing, and NFL's Top 100. From there she ventured into historical documentaries and true crime television, working on shows for CNN, Investigation Discovery, and Oxygen. Now, she lives and works in Los Angeles as an assistant on the ABC comedies The Goldbergs and Schooled. Emma aspires to being a comedy TV writer and also hopes to produce independent films that tell stories their audiences will connect with. Growing up Emma started making outrageous YouTube videos with her friends and while she didn't think it would be possible to turn goofing off with a camera into a career, no one has stopped her, yet.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Wes Middleton
Wes is a freelance Assistant Director, Line Producer, and UPM in Los Angeles. He graduated NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and has a background in documentary editing. He works across genres, with experience on horror, comedy, and animal features. Wes is currently working to get into the DGA as an Assistant Director.

EDITOR - Danielle Pruden
Danielle attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she discovered her passion for editing. While earning her degree, she took every class on editing that the program offered, worked as a Technical Assistant at the school's Post Production Department, and edited several short films. After graduating, Danielle started working for National Geographic on various docu-series. She continues to work her day job in television while fueling her passion for editing scripted films in her spare time. Danielle has edited projects such as Dominik the Daring and Bronco the Brave (her first collaboration with Director Andrew Scott), You Are Everywhere (Official Selection at New York International Short Film Festival), and "The Greatest Generation" among others. She's currently editing the first three episodes of a web series filmed in Ghana and is looking forward to collaborating with Andrew again on "The Dinner Table." 

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Rules & Regulations

Entry Period: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 through midnight on Sunday, January 27, 2019

Entry Rules: One (1) entry per contribution equal to or greater than one hundred dollars ($100 USD) towards The Dinner Table campaign on Seed & Spark. (That is, for every additional $100, entrant receives an additional entry.  $200 = 2 entries, $300 = 3 entries, etc.  These contributions can be made as one payment, they do not need to be separate pledges.)  All contributions equal to or greater than the entry amount submitted prior to the entry period will also be automatically entered per entry rules.

Prize: Two (2) Disney Resort eTickets valid for one-day, park-hopper admission at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Hong Kong, and Disneyland Shanghai.

Winning: One (1) winner will be selected at random and announced/notified on the drawing date.

Drawing Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Conditions: 
The giveaway will occur on the condition that The Dinner Table reaches 80% of its fundraising goal by the end of the 30-day campaign and receives the contributions required for entry. In the event that The Dinner Table does not reach 80% of its fundraising goal by the end of its 30-day campaign, all contributions to the campaign will not be executed and the giveaway will be null and void.

Regulations: All rules and conditions are subject to change at any time. Any questions regarding the giveaway and the official rules and conditions may be sent via email to thedinnertablefilm@gmail.com.