ACROSS THE BOARD
This is a short film written and produced by Owen Matthess. Directed by Micah Taylor. The two actors are Tim Dryden and Patrick Wilcox , who play, respectively, father and son.
The story line is that the two try to get together once a week to play a game of chess in a park. The son always wins, but this is ok to the father because all he wants to do is spend some quality time with his son. A lot is left unsaid, probably on purpose for the spectator to try to figure out himself. It is evident that the two are growing apart, the son increasingly frustrated that the father does not change his materialistic approach to everything. ”You can’t win if you try to hold onto everything you have…sometimes you have to make sacrifices.” The father seems find this concept difficult to grasp, but acknowledges that his son is probably right.
Great acting. Great script. Great direction.
Micah Taylor is a film maker, writer, and actor living in Greenville, SC. He is the creative director and owner of the production group Flagship Comedy. His specialty is in the realm of comedy, having written and directed the hit ”How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse” and the series Super Big.
You can find some of Micah’s work HERE.
Micah and Owen Matthess have known each other since university days, and have collaborated on a number of projects. Here is a funny YouTube video from those days…