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The score was going down. Everyone stood in their spot. Race number three had only to start. Every spectator’s eye locked on the greyhound starting box. A rabbit in aviator sunglasses cracks a military-grade red smoke canister under his sweatshirt and drops it hissing at his feet. He walks away. The crowd of gambling animals suddenly erupts in panic.

The Rabbit siblings needed the money. Mama was hurt in a serious car accident when a reckless alligator lost control of his car and slammed into Mama’s Neon on a wet, rainy Interstate 95. The lucky reptile walked away without a scratch, but Mama Rabbit got the worst of it with a broken clavicle, ribs, a perforated lung, and fractured vertebrae from being thrown through the windshield. And that wasn’t all. Her pension from forty years of teaching in Florida public schools wasn’t enough to cover the hospital costs and the insurance company was nothing but the typical runaround.

But Fred, the eldest Rabbit sibling, had a plan. The idea came to him after losing his entire paycheck betting on a miracle for Mama at a dog track called Beasley Downs. Before placing this last losing bet, the door to the racetrack’s money-counting room opened and he spotted two flamingos hunched over a table, counting stacks of cash.  It was later, while sitting in his 1971 Challenger, that he made the decision: he would pull a heist.  Fred had little to lose and Mama Rabbit was all he had left.  Wouldn’t it be poetic to take  back from the place that had given him nothing but $100 losing stubs on 50 to 1 long shots?

When he pitched the idea to his little brother, Trevor Rabbit, Mama’s golden boy with a full ride track and field scholarship to the University of Florida, Trevor didn’t hesitate. Trevor had everything to lose, but loved his Mama more than anything in the world. And he would have done anything his big brother asked because he practically raised them when daddy, Lou Rabbit, decided to take that one way trip on the methamphetamine express. Fred, thoughtful brother that he was, conveniently planned the score during Spring Break so Trevor could get back in time for class on Monday.

Jackie, on the other hand, was not eager to do it. Jackie was the female, the reasonable middle sister of the three, and she had just escaped a bad relationship with another good-for-nothing hare when she got the phone call from Fred. All she wanted to do was sit on the couch, eat fried carrot chips, and watch trashy TV. The last thing she wanted to do was play cops n’ robbers with her brothers. But because she didn’t want to see them get killed and it was all for their poor mother, she said screw it.

The idea was basic, but good. After the first two races of the day and everyone had already placed their bets for the third race, Trevor would release a military grade smoke bomb to distract the crowd. Fred and Jackie would stand by the exit door to the betting teller room, tap on the door, and the second someone opened it, they would push in at gun point and rob the money counting room.

After releasing the pop smoke, Trevor was supposed to run to Fred’s ’71 Challenger in the parking lot, bring it around back to the food services loading dock, and wait for his brother and sister to emerge with a black bag full of money.

And so now there they were. A hot, humid Saturday at Beasley Downs. The plan all set. Jackie and Fred, dressed like tourists, standing outside the betting teller room door. Now only race number three had to start. Trevor’s eyes locked on the greyhound’s starting box. Inside his sweatshirt pocket, the cylindrical smoke bomb turned in his sweaty palms.  A cold Uzi strapped to his chest.

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2016

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HI-RIDER

 

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“Hi-Rider”

8 x 10 inches

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2014

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FLOWER HUNTER

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“Flower Hunter”

18 x 24 inches

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CAUTION:  Guard your gardens.  Robot will stop at nothing to pick your flowers.

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MUSIC

“Closed”

Com Truise

In Decay

Ghostly International

2012

R-150-3695533-1346530014-7706

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2013

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SELF-PORTRAIT COLLAGE

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In a previous post, Big Ideas, Small Spaces, I mentioned the thrill of collage as similar to that of editing a video.  I believe both are organic, intuitive processes, with exciting, in-the-moment discoveries.  Both collage and editing use colors and shapes to imply new artistic ideas.  To demonstrate this, I made a self-portrait from the different color skin tones I found in soon-to-be recycled magazines and catalogs.

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First, a photograph was taken to display an emotion.  This photograph would be later used for a guiding pencil sketch and reference for the pasting of cut-out shapes and colors.

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Next, a pencil sketch was drawn on fine charcoal paper.  I used the grid technique to blow up the image.  Rather than just outline the face, I shaded the drawing to show where the gradations occurred, and to help in the application of the colored magazine paper.

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I cut out different shades of skin and separated them into groups.  I used school glue to stick down the abstract shapes that fit the gradations of shade in the photograph.  Starting with darker skin in the shaded area at the right, I moved left, layering lighter skin tones, to end up with the highlights.  For the ear, I used actual ear parts, since they were already the same texture, and sometimes the same shape.

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For the mouth and lips, I cut out different colored lip shapes.  The tongue was an enormous close-up of a lower lip.  Up close, it is quite abstract, but by staying true to the shading in the photograph, I believe it worked.  The right brain interprets what that body part is, forgives the literal left brain, and recognizes it as a representation of the real thing.

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For the eyes, nose and eyebrows, I puzzled together colored polygons where they best belonged.  Again, collaging, like editing video, is an imperfect, intuitive thing.  There is no right or wrong here.  Just the fidelity to the shading and skin tone.  Having the pencil sketch underneath helped to guide where the borders of tone ended and another tone began.  I cheated on the eyes, finding a pair with the same color as mine and I used wrinkles found in other places, like the neck and smile line, for the creases in the forehead and under the eyes.

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Again, the finished self-portrait collage.  I could not resist using a woman’s cleavage for the chin cleft and the magenta colored T-shirt was the icing on the cake!

DIAMOND LIFE FILM PITCH

Diamond Life Film Pitch

I have had an intense connection with loss and betrayal and I have wondered about the concept of loyalty.  How are we loyal to one another?  How much are people willing to sacrifice to stay loyal to one another?  I’m a fan of heist films.  I love movies like Ocean’s Eleven and Heat and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where the heroes or heroines must plan a job, break in, find the treasure and escape with it.  In those films, there are double-crosses and the characters either get the treasure and they get away with it and ride off into the sunset or sometimes they don’t, and usually there’s a twist at the end.  My movie has all the characteristics of a big heist film and it’s exciting, but as I was writing I found I was more interested in the two main characters, their relationship and their need for each other.

I started thinking, “what if there was a heist film that took place where I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, but it was also an intimate look at loyalty and friendship?”  Sydney Valentine, the heroine of my screenplay, Diamond Life, is a forty one year old high school math teacher who is fired from her job and loses her husband to divorce.  But when Dela Barraza, her former partner and protégé, gets out of jail with the plan for a massive diamond heist, the opportunity arises to get back together and go at it again, just like old times.

The only problem is the unfinished business between Dela and Sydney concerning what happened at the botched job three years before when Dela was caught and thrown in jail.  Once the truth is out about where the money went, this puts the new score, their loyalty and friendship all at risk.  So Diamond Life is about a couple of diamond thieves with a chance at a big fortune, but mostly it is about an opportunity to absolve a past betrayal and hold on to the most precious thing of all: their friendship.

A full script is available upon request.

ferryboatfilms@gmail.com

(303) 501-0696

2012

THE APP

A crazed programmer redeems the miserly financier who stole his profitable mobile app.

Written

by

Danny Ferry

&

Sia Urroz

Alan — Danny Ferry

Stuart — Sia Urroz

Ramón — Sia Urroz

Ron Cooper BBC — Sia Urroz

Ferry Boat Films in Association with Sacred Cows Films

2012