Better

A down-on-his-luck business man comes to work one day to find a strange button sitting on his desk and only marked with the word "Better." Curious, he pushes the button to find some surprising results.

  • David Nemeth
    Director
    Killer’s Revenge, The Farewell
  • David Nemeth
    Writer
    Killer's Revenge, The Farewell
  • Darren Crow
    Key Cast
    "Businessman"
  • Nate Collins
    Key Cast
    "Coworker"
  • Serena Collins
    Director of Photography
  • Ruth Barnett
    Assistant Director
  • Megan Flemming
    Assistant Camera
  • Patrick Davis
    Production Sound Design
  • David Nemeth
    Producer
    Killer's Revenge, The Farewell
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Dramedy, Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The Lift-Off Sessions
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 21, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Cedar Rapids Film Festival
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    United States
    April 12, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - David Nemeth

David Nemeth is a writer/director who has produced four professional short films and a minor independent feature film that began as a web series. He began his filming career in 2011 by producing a handful of online-release short films meant to merely entertain and make others smile. In 2016, he produced his first professional short film, "Killer's Revenge," a psychological thriller that went on to win a few awards. Since then, he has challenged himself at every turn, striving to make better films that will leave the audience thinking. Currently, he is in pre-production for a challenging short film and his first professional feature film.

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Director Statement

"Better" is a bit of an anomaly for me. It was written as an escape from a rather dramatic script that was sapping my energy. Out of necessity to keep the creative juices flowing, I penned a page-and-a-half script now known as "Better" with no words, only action. Filming was as much of a blast and relief as writing it was, as it was filmed over the course of two days with a skeleton cast and crew. The vibe that came from the film was incredible. Every time I watch it back, I can feel the emptiness and loneliness of the character, and I think having very few cast and crew helped solidify that. Darren was a joy to work with, willing to do everything we asked, including sporadically dancing in a busy downtown park with no crew, cameras, or even music, just him dancing alone. From our position on a nearby roof, we could hear giggles and laughter in the park as our main character danced his heart out to the beat of a song in his head, oblivious to the world around him. He brought such levity to the set, and it was clear he was the only one I wanted tackling this character. This was just an escape for us in the midst of some heavier and weightier projects, and it truly was a joy to work with those fine people.