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What if 'Downsizing' was taken literally? A bloody, funny, short action flick exploring that Work, not War is Hell.
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THE STATE OF PLAY

We BEGGED, We BORROWED, WE 'BORROWED' but we got the initial production together and SHOT a lot of people in the process. 

We hope you like the teaser above!

We are so close but we NEED YOUR HELP to put it DOWN! 

Please support us so we can get it out there! 

Thank you, Thank you very much. 

THE LOWDOWN

Downsizer opens in an ordinary office, as our hero is unexpectedly called in to see the manager to talk about downsizing. Things quickly escalate. This apparently everyday workplace becomes the site of a full scale war between the ill-equipped office staff and Human Resources. 

Downsizer is a film that speaks to our time and becomes more relevant every day as this world embraces austerity for those at the bottom and bailouts with golden parachutes for those at the top.  Downsizer aims to give voice to our pent up frustration with the world and how it works via a healthy dose of Weaponised Office Equipment. 

THE BUDGET

We managed to cover the majority of costs in kind including locations, cast&crew fees, legal, insurance, camera (RED) & dolly, screenplay, production sound and drives. However we've got some 'hard' costs which hopefully you can help out with. Get in touch if there is something specific you are keen to sponsor or if you would like to take being an Executive Producer to the next level.

Due to our necessary quick turn around we have borrowed our production budget off a highly disreputable local loan shark. Please give generously so Joe can keep his fingers beyond the end of the month.

THE SICK PUPPIES

Joe Pavlo - Director 

Joe is a seasoned visual effects supervisor with almost 20 years in film and two Emmys to his name. He's worked on such greats as Band of Brothers, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers & Rome. He has also worked on the likes of  Star Wars Episode II and the Da Vinci Code (and that's all he has to say about that). As director, this is Joe Pavlo's second short film, building on his previous work as 2nd unit director on studio productions as well as directing music videos plus other independent and commercial projects. 

Nicola Petrides - Producer

Nicola is a British producer, production manager and passionate motorcyclist who has lived and worked in Germany, Costa Rica and Brazil before settling permanently in the UK. Previously producing high-end fashion photography (Vogue, Tatler, Karl Lagerfeld), Nicola’s Rubber Duck productions include 'AutoDrive', ‘Corporate Bingo’, ‘Spiderman: Eclipse’ and feature political thriller 'Enemy of England' shot on RED as well as another feature and two shorts in pre-production.

Ronaldas Buozis - Director of Photography

After graduating from Middlesex University Ronaldas has shot over 20 short films directed by what have become some of his major collaborators. With feature film credits such as ‘Asylu', ‘The Brightest Colours Make Grey' and ‘Radio London', Ronaldas has been balancing cinema storytelling and advertising for brands such as Nike, Bacardi, Viasat and Vivie.

Jon Bains - Instigator 

Jon has spent most of his life trying to avoid getting a job having founded of influential new media companies Obsolete, Lateral & Lshift.  However, after a merger, he was rapidly made redundant triggering thoughts of 'office, comedy & body count' which he shared with Stuart down the pub one night. In addition was the co-founder of  the critically acclaimed and highly controversial NSFW campaign Unwatchable.  

Stuart Barr - Instigator (& original screenwriter)

As an online film critic and professional zombie journalist Stuart Barr has been mumbling incomprehensibly in the dark for years now. Stuart took 'office, comedy & body count' and transformed it into the dystopian world of Downsizer. In his day jobs he has become wearily familiar with the phrase 'consultation process'.

Andy Mackie - Co-writer

Andy has been writing comedy for over 25 years. Work for the BBC Comedy Unit includes TV and Radio comedy. His work won three Edinburgh Festival Fringe Awards, a Critic's Award and plethora of five star reviews in the national press for playwriting. Comedy of Andy's are included in the Best of BBC Comedy DVD, in the BBC permanent archive Best of the BBC and on R7. Screenplays accepted for development include the short 2001: My Odyssey.

THE MEAT FOR THE MACHINE

Our wonderful cast include Ed Coleman (28 Weeks Later), Claire Garvey (Booked Out), Dan March (East Enders) and Kate Sandison. They are ready to kick some ***.

Thank you very much for supporting us, if you have any queries do pop us a question in the comments or if you require privacy for death threats, bribes etc.  hello@rubberduckfilms.co.uk

Risks and challenges

Given that most of the crew are donating their time to the project, we've tried our utmost to have fallbacks in place should they not be able to make it over the two weekends we have booked to shoot.

We've 'borrowed' office space in Docklands and the City with stunning views for our principal locations. It's a perfect space but it a real live office which has it's own problems. Our biggest challenge is BLOOD! Whether we can use 'real' visual effects on site, which potentially involves a hefty cleaning bill or whether we add it in post. Depending on how much we raise we'll adjust our bloody expectations accordingly.

We're extremely fortunate to have an multi-emmy award winning (blah blah ;-) visual effects dude directing it who can 'fix' at least some of his own mistakes if there are any! So we're pretty confident it's all going to work.

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