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Black Button

 

 

   Directed by: Lucas Crandles

    Written by: Lucas Crandles and Hayden Grubb (Robert's son!)

    Produced by: Lucas Crandles and Hayden James Weston (= Hayden Grubb)

 

 

"Kindness, selflessness, mercy. These are all euphemisms for weakness. I hold up the animal world, Mr Roberts. The beasts of the field show no mercy. You don't die of old age on the Serengeti!"

 

 

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Watch the movie now!

 

Also available as Download ($0.39) here! (for personal use only)

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Synopsis    Specs    Cast    Crew    Production Notes    More Info    Pictures


 

Synopsis

 

The movie centers around Mr. Roberts (Hayden) who is presented with a choice: push a button that will kill a randomly selected person for a briefcase full of money, or leave as penniless as he arrived. 

 

 

Specs

 

Production Company ................ Dark Heart Productions

Director's Cut ............................... 10m50s

Festival Cut .................................. 7m

Format .......................................... 4:3

 

 

Cast

 

The man with the power ........... Robert Grubb

Geoffrey Roberts .......................... Hayden Grubb

 

 

Crew

 

Director of Photography ............. Brian Walsh

Editor ..............................................  Lucas Crandles

1st Assistant Director ..................... Allan Crandles

Technical Supervisor ..................... Les Dickinson

Gaffer .............................................. Les Dickinson

Sound Engineer ............................. Les Dickinson

Key grip .......................................... David Illingworth

Makeup Artist ............................... Courtney Mathieson

Sound Designer ............................. Paul McCosh

Graphic Design ............................. Albert Benjamin

Still Photography ......................... Nick Grundy

Music ................................................ Ed Paxton

 

 

Production-notes

 

The movie was shot on the stage of Lucas' old school, over two days in March 2006.

The Director's Cut was finished July 2006. A test audience was positive about it.

Festival Version was finished September 2006.

 

The movie was unfortunately not selected for Tropfest '07 (an Australian shortfilm festival).

It can now be found on youtube (for watching) and si-mi (for downloading, pronounce See Me).

 

"Robert gave an amazing performance, which was all the more valuable considering he did

it entirely as a favour" - Lucas Crandles

 

 

More info

 

* Dark Heart Productions

 

* A Dutch newspaper (NRC Handelsblad) has an article on youtube. Black Button and

    Lucas get a mention. Read it here (original Dutch Article) or here (translation of relevant parts).

 

* The DVD contains behind the scenes material, audio commentary by Lucas and Hayden

     and an interview with Robert.

 

* Congratulations to Lucas, Hayden and Robert for their YouTube 2007 Award Nomination

in the category of shortfilms!

 

*  Black Button has received an Honorable Mention in the International 'Indie Short Film

Festival' based in the United States. It's the only Australian film to make the list. CONGRATS!
 

 

Pictures

 

Screencaps

The 16:9 pics are screencaps from youtube made by me.

The high Resolution pics (with the black lines) and the DVD cover-pics are courtesy of Dark Heart Productions.

Thank you for letting me use them!

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes

These pictures are courtesy of Dark Heart Productions. Thank you for letting me use them!

 

 

 

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Source: Lucas Crandles