Mark Buckley just smacked Bobby Ellis. So how will he spend his last day alive? Denial, anger, bargaining, depression & acceptance.
Set in 1983, Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass follows high school freshman Mark Buckley after he impulsively strikes out at a school bully (Bobby Ellis) and spends the day experiencing the classic Kübler-Ross stages of impending death (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) as he awaits the inevitable retribution.
When I wrote this script about a year ago, I was trying to capture something about the extremely difficult and often traumatic high school experience. By exaggerating in a humorous way the sense that everything just seems bigger, more intense--you WILL die if your boyfriend breaks up with you, that bully IS going to kill you--I was aiming at expressing a universal experience that anyone who is in, or has ever been in, high school can immediately understand on a visceral level. And laugh at.
The validation of receiving a second-place finalist award from a major national screenwriting competition, the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, made me determined to see this project through, despite the challenge. Additionally, the very real chance of premiering in Park City is an exciting opportunity and incentive.
I am honored by the amazing and talented people who have offered the help, expertise, and financial backing necessary to fulfill this project. I am inspired to make them proud to be a part of this film.
Don't forget, the way Kickstarter works is: if we don't meet our goal, we get nothing. So pledge early and often. And thanks from the entire cast and crew.
You contribution will go towards:
Art Department (props, set decoration, costumes, hair & makeup--did we mention this is set in 1983?)
Locations, including a full-sized school bus.
Post-production services (editing, sound mixing & mastering, music soundtrack).
Food for a hard-working crew.
Paying an extremely talented crew, most of whom have joined us at a fraction of their typical rate.
Film festival application fees. Often more than $50 a pop, these really add up.
You have to pledge to find out! At the $25 level you will receive gratification from a Seattle director and a copy of the DVD, so you will really know if Bobby Ellis is going to kick YOUR ass.
It was the decade we were all in middle or highschool and we know it better than any decade in history. Oh, and feathered hair. Duh.
Craig: Yes. It was a bloodfest, and I still shudder at the thought.
Will: No. Really i didn't. Why won't you believe me? Stop it, that hurts. Leave my underwear in my pants. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
Mark: I brought the pain. I pitied the fool who crossed me. Cause pity is a manly emotion.
Honestly, see above. Ok, Ok, beer. Mostly beer, and some hotdogs at the afterpartys of the festivals we plan to enter. And dominate.
Related to Land Rover, I believe and he seemed to have some weird mental condition that compelled him to enter peoples houses when they weren't home, watch their tv's and then take a nap until all three came home to the cottage....wait, I trailed off into a different fairy tale. Anyway, you get the picture with this guy Red, right?
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