Fitz

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Fitz movie poster Short Synopsis Fitz is a man torn between decisions. Upon finding out his son is leaving with his ex-wife, Fitz must examine his priorities and put them in order, deciding who to live with and who to disappoint. Long Synopsis Fitz is a man who loves his job. He's a radio DJ. He has a girlfriend and a small apartment. But fate decides to intervene. His ex-wife announces her intentions to accept a job in another city and she is moving away, taking his son Brandon with her. Distraught, he seeks advice on how to handle the situation. The suggestion is raised for him to move as well to continue to see his son grow up. His girlfriend of two years however has other ideas and seeks to keep him here, knowing full well of his ex-wife's temperament. Included in the mix is a young mysterious woman who catches Fitzs' eye and this may be the woman who provides him with the happiness he seeks. Coupled with some friendly advice on relationships and life from well-meaning friends, Fitz must decide who to choose and who to disappoint. Background Conceived during the fall of 2003, the screenplay was written on a broken army laptop while Jeff, employed with the Canadian Armed Forces, was on a military supply course in Ontario. Dealing with the potential of his own son possibly moving away, he wrote the screenplay to determine what his own choices would be as a way of dealing with his real life circumstances. Written in just four weeks, he found it was rather easy to write about something personal. Over the next couple months, he started to explore the possibility that the film could be shot with a no-budget setting and using actors he knew from the FAVA Monday Night Club in Edmonton. Realizing that even though he had no formal training on filmmaking, nor had he up to that point had made only a handful of short films, Jeff decided to proceed. While looking at funding solutions, he decided that waiting for grants would take too long, and thus decided to use his own funds. Determining what casting and crew he had available, as well as the locations that friends gave him, he was able to put together a low cost production. After months of single handedly researching actors, crew and location scouting, he left the military in July of 2005. Using his return of contributions from his pension and personal savings, he proceeded to shoot the movie digitally. Gathering a crew of four people, ten locations, and eleven actors, the movie was shot on weekdays during normal 9-5 hours from Aug 2nd -- Aug 26th. Total footage shot was 22 hours, and was edited on his home computer using Sony Vegas 5.0. Learning about true movie making along the way, lessons such as editing were taught to him by experienced editor Angus Findlay. The music styling of local bands Frank Slide, Sinclair, My Quiet Earth & Shattered Core were used in creating an atmosphere for the different parts of the movie. One of the major influences on the writing and style of this project was the movie "HIGH FIDELITY", starring John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), Jack Black (King Kong) and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). In the movie, the main character breaks through the "fourth wall" and addresses the audience while discussing his failed love life. In FITZ, the main character does the same, interacting with the audience as a kind of jury in which to have his actions justified. Explaining his history and present thoughts, Fitz seems to over think his actions, sometimes bringing him unplanned circumstances. Editing was completed in Jan 2008, with a previous release at the Garneau Theatre Jun 7th, 2007 to a great crowd. It premiered on IndieFlix.com on dec 8th, 2009 where is available for purchase on DVD or Streaming Video. Run Time: 93 minutes Rating: 14A Official Selection: Indie Can Film Festival 2007

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