Romey & Jules is the story of a forbidden romance between a Clown and a Mime. Jules, set to wed Cappy the Mime in a marriage arranged by her upper crust family, met and fell in love with Romey, a lowly clown who tended the garden at her family's estate. Romey, forced to leave town after their secret romance was revealed, pined for his Jules and vowed to return and rescue her from the fate of marrying a mime she did not love.
Our story finds the lovers in the midst of their escape, holed up in a seedy Motel in Clowntown, USA. Unbeknownst to them, Cappy has enlisted the services of Ty Baltimore, a relentless, battle-scarred private detective to help track down Jules and bring her home, by any means necessary. Will Romey and Jules live happily ever or will their love end in tragedy?
With four perfectly-cast actors and a dedicated crew of 30, this script came to life in two nights of marathon filming in a seedy downtown Phoenix motel. Periodically, the Arizona Screenwriters Association (AZSA) runs periodic Scene Challenge events in which writers are challenged to write a 5-page script that has to include certain elements. Andy Putman-Nelson, the president of the Arizona Screenwriters Association, decided to run this Scene Challenge with the winning prize designated as having the script produced by local filmmakers. He approached Julie Holman, co-executive director of the Phoenix Film Project, and they recruited local DP and editor Webb Pickersgill of Bassline Digital to help them produce the winning script. The three of them came up with some very odd and challenging requirements and the contest was on its way. The Scene Challenge scripts had to include the following:
1) up to 4 characters
2) either bubble wrap or anti-fungal cream
3) either a tuxedo or a pair of clown shoes
4) a car that must drive up and park with no dialogue until the engine is shut off
5) it must take place in both the interior and exterior of a Seedy Motel
That was it. Writers A. William Quirk and Douglas Passon entered the challenge with their script Romey & Jules, their first collaboration together, and won, beating out eleven other entries. Julie found crew members through the Phoenix Film Project and Andy decided to direct it. The producers cast it, expanded upon the script, came up with the look, and after two months of pre-production, they shot the film. The rest, as they say, is history.
|Loring Olk||as||Ty the Detective|
Director of Photography
Edited by Webb Pickersgill
Music by Brian M. Kunnari
Music Recorded at Imagescore Music
Vocals by Stacey M. Kunnari
First Assistant Director
Nitara Lee Osbourne
Jo Anna Larson
Jason “Mr. E” Kimble
Assistant Production Designer
Grip Equipment Provided by Bassline Digital
Georgia Tavera aka “GT”
Opening Credits Postcards Provided by
Eric D. Larson – Cardcow.com
Victoria B. Monarch
Gary B. Phillips
Behind the Scenes Director
Behind the Scenes Videography
Julio Alonso Parra
Peter Salama @ focusphoto
The Producers Wish to Thank the Following:
Arizona Screenwriters Association
Phoenix Film Project
The City of Phoenix
Randy & Nadia with Café Cortez
Elisa Tavera for her home-cooked meals
This project was written for the Arizona Screenwriters Association’s Scene Challenge and was produced in partnership with the Phoenix Film Project.
Copyright © 2006 Uluru Productions, Bassline Digital, Naked Reel
All Rights Reserved
Country of first publication: United States of America. Uluru Productions, Bassline Digital and Naked Reel are the authors of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto. The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.
March, 2006 - The premiere of the movie is tentatively scheduled for March at a location to be determined. Check back soon for more details.
Mar. 23-30th, 2006 - The Phoenix Film Festival - (tennative) Phoenix, AZ. The film has been submitted to this film festival for consideration. Go to www.phxfilmfestival.com for additional information.
April 5th, 2005 - film nuit Á la paper heart - Screening scheduled for Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., The Paper Heart Gallery, 750 NW Grand Ave., in downtown Phoenix. Go to www.ThePaperHeart.com for additional information.
Arizona Screenwriters Association - First Place award for Screen Challenge #9, December 2006
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