The Mindless Imagination of Thomas Porter

In a governmental experiment facility aimed on creating a society free of sadness and pain, Thomas Porter, a new patient at the facility, works together with Meckenzie, an experienced patient, to escape the facility.

  • Justin Bromley
    Director
  • Lucas Jackman
    Writer
  • Jenny Kim
    Writer
  • Elliott Best
    Producer
  • Elijah Silva
    Key Cast
  • Mikaela Macht
    Key Cast
  • Kenneth Liu
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • National Screen Institute Online Film Festival
    Winnipeg
    Canada
    November 6, 2017
    World Premiere
  • North Vancouver Arts Council
    North Vancouver
    Canada
    January 30, 2019
  • Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 7, 2017
    Semi-Finalist
  • LA Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 8, 2017
    Silver Award - Best Drama
  • Best Shorts Competition

    United States
    December 11, 2017
    Award of Recognition
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    December 1, 2017
    Award of Distinction
Director Biography - Justin Bromley

Justin Bromley began making films at the age of 14. From the minute he picked up a camera and made his first little parody, he knew that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Continuing to make films on his own, Justin eventually ended up making two low budget features back to back, one in 2012 and one in 2013. They both screened at a small lecture theater in the community college in his hometown of Cranbrook BC.
As Justin's craft got stronger and more polished, his first major achievement came in 2015 when his short film, The Wall, won a royal reel award at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver BC.
In September of that year, Justin started in the Motion Picture Arts program at Capilano University. He is currently in his third year of the program, planning to graduate in 2019.
Today Justin continues to practice his craft in and outside of school, having just finished his latest short film, The Mindless Imagination of Thomas Porter. He is currently planning his next short film and hopes to shoot his first feature film in the near future.

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Director Statement

Making The Mindless Imagination of Thomas Porter was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. The minute I first read the script written by my very talented classmates, I knew I wanted to tell this incredibly powerful story of Thomas Porter.
The most interesting aspect about this story to me is that it is a tragedy, exploring how Thomas Porter is destroyed on an emotional and psychological level. Beginning as just another patient in the government controlled facility that he lives in, and then ending as a broken, lost and insane soul doomed to forever chase the cheese in the maze he is caught in.
The project was a big undertaking. We had three short days to shoot on a budget of $1000. Lots of care and work went into the visuals as well, as I had a very clear vision for this film. This gave the crew plenty of freedom to flex their creative muscles.

The final film is something completely different and unique from my original idea of what the film could be. The collaboration with the incredible cast and crew contributed to making this film the best it can be in all aspects of the process.
The Mindless Imagination of Thomas Porter is without a doubt my strongest film yet. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.