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Contributing Creators Film MICRO CHANGES - JAN/FEB 2019


Directed by Cody Theilman

  Rumpleforeskin from Visual Lounge on Vimeo.

Rumpleforeskin was created with a group of friends and co-workers. In our day to day jobs, we create television commercials and always have talked about doing something together outside of work for fun. We’ve met some talented actors and makeup artists through work and brought them along for the ride. It was a one day shoot that took about 17 hours from start to finish.

I’ve done a few other shorts that would fall into a similar category, somewhere along the lines of dark comedy and twisted irony. I’ve noticed a lot my favorite characters haven’t been human… It’s fun for me to try to take an evil character and get the audience to empathize with him.

The overall message was just poking fun at the whole Instagram fitness guru community. Everyone these days seems to be a motivational speaker, tirelessly preaching to the masses and I just felt I’m not alone in being annoyed by it.

I guess there’s a little Rumpleforeskin in all of us.



Joey Thompson – RumpleForeskin
Jesse Grant – Jesse

Directed by: Cody Theilman
Associate Producer: Shauna Toerner
Director of photography: Carlos Oropeza
Gaffer: Jorge Hernandez
AC: Juan Santos
Visual Effects: Eric Del Aguila
Special Effects Make up: Alex Galaviz, Romie Macedo, Mappy Andrade, Joseph Vasquez
Original Score: Tyler Stein
Sound: Emile Harris
G&E: Evan Yee , Bobby Sutton
Artwork: George Smith
Original Story: Cody Theilman, Richard McConnell
Screenplay: Cody Theilman, Joey Thompson, Jesse Grant
Special Thanks: Vanessa Tortora, Elizabeth Fielding Oropeza, Kyle Theilman, Cass Theilman

Contributing Creators Film THE BODY AS A PRISON - November 2018

Pretty Ugly & I Can’t Sleep

Videos by Anchitta “Kitty” Noowong

The two films below were shown as part of Pandemic’s November film screening. Watch the films, then read on to learn more about their creation and their creator, Anchitta who studies film at Portland State University.

“Pretty Ugly”

Initially, I created Pretty Ugly for a scholarship I, unfortunately, didn’t receive. However, the film became a success and earning 53,000 views!

Pretty Ugly was created to challenge society’s ideal of beauty and exposes the adverse effect media has on girls and women around the world. The obsession with “likes” and seeing “pretty girls” on Instagram leads to insecurities and high levels of pressure to be “perfect” – slim waist, clean skin, “thinspo”.

“I Can’t Sleep”

I Can’t Sleep is an experimental film. I occasionally have severe cases of insomnia, and so I made I Can’t Sleep to express how I feel.

The feeling of tiredness and mental impediments lead me to consider physical harms – hitting myself in the head and swallowing sleeping pills so that I can fall asleep. Lying in bed wanting to sleep but not able to is my worst case of the body as a prison.

What led you to become a filmmaker?

My parents used to work in the film and television industry in Thailand. I grew up running around behind the scenes. I’ve tried many different things growing up, but I eventually came back to filmmaking. I love being on set and creating ideas from scratch. Also, I love collaborating with people who are as passionate as I am about telling stories that matter.

Where there limitations on your projects that you needed to overcome?

I don’t own a camera, so that makes it harder to film. The equipment is usually expensive to own and expensive to rent. Nonetheless, I always try to take advantage of being a student by checking out school equipment for free. I also like to associate myself with people from community-based learning organizations as they offer affordable classes and filming gear.

What lessons had you learned from between the first and second films?

The story is what matters most! Of course, it helps if your film looks cinematic. However, if the story isn’t there, it will not resonate with the audiences. And that’s the whole point of filmmaking!

Also, take your time creating. If you don’t like something about the film, change it. Don’t do it just to submit to a film festival. You will regret not taking your time making it the best it could be.

  You can keep up with Anchittas latest work on Instagram @anchittafilms.