The Documentary Killers
A group of students make a film that’s to die for.
On May 11, film student David Breiss disappeared from his New York City apartment and was never seen again. Suspected in his disappearance are three of his fellow film students, Larry, Johnathan, and Calvin. Just why do police suspect their involvement? It seems the students were all working together on a documentary film called “How to Hide a Body“. Their concept was simple enough: dress up a mannequin to make it look like a murder victim. Then, hide the “body” with a note for whomever may find it. By seeing which mannequins were discovered and which remained hidden, the students were able to document the best techniques in concealing a corpse.
After a run-in with local law enforcement, the boys are fined for dumping, and David decides to call it quits. But some of his fellow filmmakers decide it is time to kick things up a notch and start burying more than just mannequins. Soon, local animal shelters are reporting missing dogs and cats. Not long after, David himself goes missing. Did David’s film school buddies take things too far and put what they learned into practice? Filmmakers are supposed to suffer for their art, but does that include rotting in the woods somewhere?
Is that rigor mortis setting in? Nope, just a rock-solid concept. As a mocumentary film in the vein (no pun intended) of Best in Show, with a truly dark bite, The Documentary Killers manages to skewer the contemporary film-school scene, examining to what lengths aspiring film students will go to stand out in the crowd. It’s just the kind of thing that keeps killing it on the festival circuit. TDK is a smart, snappy script that is anything but DOA.
So don’t waste any more time digging for a script to shoot, this one is a real find.
Budget: Medium. Structured as a mock news program, including studio interiors, and of course, a mannequin.
About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple sings the songs that remind him of the good times, he sings the songs that remind him of the better times. He is currently working on that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (AT) live.com
About the writer: Phil Clarke, Jr. is a contest winning writer who has had feature films optioned, but no mainstream feature length productions… yet. Produced shorts of Phil’s have been featured at Cannes and Clermont Ferrand. More of his work is available at his website: www.philclarkejr.com. (IMDB Credits listed here.)
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