comedy

The Last Goodbye

Although it was not our original intention, after completing early edits of The Veil, it occurred to me that the first minute of the film worked as a story in its own right and could be edited as such to be submitted in festival one minute wonder and super short categories, giving us more chance for success. Thus The Last Goodbye was born!

Synopsis

A widow visits her husband’s grave to say one last goodbye.

Unproduced Scripts

My unproduced scripts are available upon request. Please feel free to email me at jrees256@gmail.com if you are interested in reading one, especially if you would like to produce it or are a prospective employer interested in seeing more of my work.

The Artists

The Artists are a musical duo whose dynamic street performing is sure to propel them to the big time. If their hard work can generate enough pennies to keep them going that is!

2-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 19/01/2017

Betrayal

Greg is attending rehearsals for a school play, helmed by the pompous and vindictive drama teacher, Ms Armitage. The play – written by Ms Armitage of course – is titled Betrayal. But it is a series of real-life deceptions that pull Greg into a genuine tale of love, hate and vengeance!

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 17/02/2018

Bottle

Tim arrives at his best mate Mart’s with a gift of beer, hoping for a game of FIFA. Surely nothing could be more innocent? But secretly, Tim has something to confess…if he’s got the bottle.

10-minute radio play                                                                                 Copyright: 27/05/2014

Connection

Nia is an artistic teen desperate to form a connection. Her art teacher, Mr Owen, seems to be her only hope as her parents show no interest. But when the school bullies find out about Nia’s secret crush, she risks forming a connection she never asked for.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 22/03/2018

Doctor Huw

Doctor Huw, the BBC’s flagship show, featuring the titular time-travelling protagonist battling aliens, ably assisted by his trusty companion, Bronwyn. Shot on location in London, England…definitely not Cardiff…honest.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 10/01/2019

Duckface

Ava is awaiting the horror of her first day at a new school, but little does she know, her goofy school uniform is the least of her problems, as the school has been taken over by a terrible curse and unless she can hold onto her individuality, it might just take over her too!

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 19/03/2018

Fart Kid

An embarrassing incident at school leads to Eli being mocked and ostracised by his peers. He is left with a choice: sit out his school life as a figure of derision or set out on a quest to track down a mysterious figure, who may be able to free him from his torment.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 07/03/2018

Fish Stew

Alf and Stu have committed the heist of the century and are hiding out in a cottage by the sea, waiting to be whisked away to the south of France. But when their ride is postponed, tensions mount and distrust brews, and if they’re left to stew any longer, they’ll reach boiling point!

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 02/08/2019

Gaul and Credo

In a primitive post-apocalyptic world that has forgotten about religion, two lowly thieves, Gaul and Credo, are desperate to get ahead in life. With their discovery of an ancient church and the relics held within they think they may have found the means to do it. But will their newfound knowledge bring a new age of prosperity or will playing God bring nothing but trouble?

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 19/09/2019

The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands (Stephen King Short Story Adaptation)

George meets Henry, a mysterious figure who refuses to shake hands, during a poker game. When Henry leaves the game without his winnings, George sets out to return them to him and also discover the mystery surrounding him. But will his quest bring fortune or nothing but losses?

20-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 27/03/2020

Mr Plank’s First Day (Written for the Class Dismissed Series)

It’s the new woodwork teacher Mr Plank’s first day. But will his innovative use of earwax (nature’s glue!) be enough to convince the students he didn’t just get the job because of his name?

2-minute sketch                                                                                        Copyright: 04/05/2017

Nice Guy

Tim is obsessed with Jennifer and does everything for her but gets nothing in return. She sees him as just a nice guy. How can he prove he’s nothing of the sort?

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 15/10/2015

Odd Customers

Chloe, a cheery shop assistant, is our guide as she details all the odd customers you meet working in retail.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 13/03/2019

Odd Hobbies – Episode One – Bird Watching and Golf

Mike, suicidal after the relationship from which he generated his self-worth ended, makes an unexpected connection with John, a selfish OAP with a penchant for destruction, and they set out on a perilous quest for redemption.

30-minute episode (from a planned six-part series)                                  Copyright: 10/11/2018

The Shearing of the Lambs

Byfflo Bill’s disco heyday is long behind him, and in his old age, he’s developed a passion for stalking young girls. But what he wants from his victims might not be what you’re expecting.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 10/04/2018

Spit

If there’s one thing Jim hates, it’s spitting in the street. So when Bob accidentally hocks a giant loogie on his shoe, there will have to be consequences.

3-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 12/02/2019

Tammy and the Invasion of the Booby Snatchers (Written for the Class Dismissed Series)

Tammy has finally been released from isolation but discovers all the students have been mesmerised by their mirrors. Is it a simple cultural misunderstanding or the start of the invasion of the booby snatchers!

2-minute sketch                                                                                        Copyright: 05/05/2017

The Tart

Elissa’s dream is to be a rock star, and she has the personality and creativity to achieve it but those who should be encouraging her, only suppress her; forcing her into either isolating herself or acting out. But when pushed too far, Elissa makes her final act one to remember.

10-minute short film                                                                                 Copyright: 28/07/2016

Toast

James is an uptight neat-freak, and Mike is a carefree slob with a taste for toast. James is desperate to get Mike to wash the dishes. But will he get the message before he himself is toast!

4-minute short film                                                                                   Copyright: 07/01/2017

Marching Orders

I wrote Marching Orders at the start of 2017 as a contender to be filmed and submitted to Cardiff Mini Film Festival in the One Minute Wonder category. It just missed out on being shot by me but after joining the filmmaking group Film Focus Wales, I offered it to them, and it was taken on by talented, up-and-coming director, Nat Pearse. The film attempts to show how a positive attitude can affect those around you, and a negative one can do just the same. Nat and Film Focus achieved great results, and I’m positive all our future collaborations will be just as successful!

Synopsis

Jim is down on his luck, having been given his marching orders from work. But when inspiration hits him, his outwardly positive attitude starts to affect all those around him.

Achievements: Marching Orders was nominated in the One Minute Wonder category at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2018.

Tell Me About It, Sam

Tell Me About It, Sam (script) was inspired by a real-life incident in which I met a man who seemed to know me and proceeded to have a long conversation with me about his personal life even though I hadn’t a clue who he was. I thought it was an ideal concept for a comedy film for Cardiff Mini Film Festival as it could take place in a single location – on a bench – and provided the opportunity for a punchline/twist ending. I felt the best method of filming would be a three-camera setup, covering the action from all angles so we could run through the whole script in one take. To do this, I would require actors who could learn all their lines; a skill surprisingly lacking in actors solely working in film. Therefore, I cast two experienced theatre actors, who I had seen perform multiple times and who had displayed impressive skill as a comedy double act.

Synopsis

Unexpectedly, Sam turns counsellor to an old friend with relationship problems. Or at least he thinks he’s an old friend, but for the life of him, he can’t remember his name!

Achievements: Tell Me About It, Sam was nominated for best Comedy at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017 and selected for St Neots Film Festival 2017 and Isle of Portland Short Film Festival 2019.

Goldfish

Inspired to produce something simple to suit Cardiff Mini Film Festival’s criteria, I wrote Goldfish; a script based around the protagonist’s confined environment. It illustrates how you can miss out on life by not breaking from routine; paralleling the life of the protagonist stuck in his tiny flat with that of his goldfish. Although the premise was simple, I felt the production would benefit from some expert lighting and colour grading to further highlight these parallels and enhance the slightly surreal tone. For this purpose, I brought on board Steven Owen, whose lighting served Bamboo House so well, and his associate Jack Longley. Both proved invaluable.

Synopsis

Huw lives a life of routine, never leaving the familiar environment of his flat. In an odd break from tradition, it’s up to his pet goldfish, Gil, to put an end to his static lifestyle.

Achievements: Goldfish was selected for Loch Ness Film Festival 2017, Nightpiece Film Festival 2017, Hellfire Short Film Festival’s 12th Round 2017, MedFF 2017-2018 and The Short Film Show 2018. It was shortlisted for best Adult Fiction at St Neots Film Festival 2017, nominated in the One Minute Wonder category at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017 and for both best Fantasy and best Original Content at Nottingham International Microfilm Festival 2018 and reached the finals of the Oniros Film Awards August 2017 and Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2018!

The Prophet

The Prophet (script) was inspired by an old parable I came across on the Internet:

“A man said to the Prophet, ‘Give me advice.’ The Prophet said, ‘Do not get angry.’ The man asked repeatedly, and the Prophet answered each time, ‘Do not get angry.'”

I found it amusing that the man persistently questions the Prophet even though he’s already given his answer, seeming like he’s attempting to aggravate him to get him to contradict himself. This elaboration was the basis for the film and allowed for a comment on religious hypocrisy.

Synopsis

A modern-day prophet has some sage advice for an inquisitive young man, but he’s not about to take it without question.

Achievements: The Prophet was selected for Short to the Point November 2017, MedFF 2017-2018 and Isle of Portland Short Film Festival 2019, reached the finals of Brighton Rocks Film Festival 2018 and won the One Minute Wonder category at Cardiff Mini Film Festival 2017!

How Not To Be Single

How Not To Be Single is a comedy series created by James Musgrove of J.A.M Productions that follows the highs and lows of four friends struggling with single life. I worked on the series as co-director, cameraman, and scriptwriter; acting as a mentor during the writing of episode one, offering advice on dialogue, character and plot development, and writing episode two. Although the scenarios were heightened for comic effect, we wished to present relatable experiences and provide positive messages about how to feel confident and comfortable being single.

Due to my extensive experience and a fast-approaching production date, I was asked to write the entirety of episode two (script); working from a brief from James. Matt was to move out of his old place and in with AJ, the lads would throw a housewarming party, and they’d all have to fail at being single due to their various foibles; the rest was mine to play with!

For a moment, you may think you’re rewatching episode one as it starts similarly with a knock at Matt’s front door. This isn’t derivative writing but an intentional motif that I wished to reflect Matt’s recovery from his break-up. Episode one, he couldn’t even answer. Now he can but in low spirits. What will episode three show? The main characters’ personalities were so wonderfully defined in episode one – AJ, the father figure who pulls everyone together, Pat, the anally retentive math geek, Simon, the mouthy narcissist, and Matt, the insecure victim in need of his friends’ support – that I made sure these characteristics were continued in episode two, but I also added some development, particularly for Matt and Simon, so the series didn’t stand still.

The word constantly going around my head during writing was ‘dynamic’. Although a sitcom will inevitably have far more dialogue and be less visually driven than your standard short film, I didn’t want any scene to be solely about the dialogue and strove to always have an interesting action, location or visual element at play. This, as well as elements of the brief, led to a vastly increased cast that delayed production due to actors’ availability. The challenge we laid down for episode three was to continue with this dynamic style while sticking to the main cast.

Sadly, episode three never came to pass, due to one of the main cast leaving the country: Jack, who played AJ. I did write a script for episode three, working around AJ’s absence, which is available upon request, but James did not wish to proceed with filming as he felt a series finale really should have the entire main cast present.