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Robbery for Dummies

Two former employees, Charlie Bucket and Eddy, attempt to rob their boss’ home for an expensive wine bottle accidentally given to the boss. They prepare for the robbery in Eddy’s car, with some last minute reading about lockpicking. They creep up the front steps and find the door is open.They sneak through the house and into the living room, they find cat decor everywhere. Charlie notices a framed diploma for Esther Wilkens. They’re in the wrong house! They begin to throw cat stuffed animals at each other when a female voice comes from the hallway. An old woman, Esther, stands before them, thinking they are the plumbers she called. She offers them tea and cookies. As she’s about to suggest they start on the plumbing, Jimmy Richardson, Esther’s son (and Charlie and Eddy’s boss) enters. We learn that Jimmy shipped the bottle of wine to his boss who in turn also fired him. The film ends as they sit in the car outside Jimmy’s boss’ house, getting ready to rob the place.

  • Julia Blumert
  • Julia Blumert
  • Brenna Williams
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,933 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Julia Blumert

Julia Blumert will graduate from Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communication come May 2018. She is originally from Chatham, NJ, but has enjoyed her four years at Ithaca. She's worked on other student films titled Laugh Track, a short dramedy as well as working on ICTV at Ithaca. She's interned with ViaCom.

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Director Statement

For as long as I can remember I have loved the movies. When I was five I would practice my Oscars acceptance speech in front of my dog and my stuffed animals (they were very good listeners). As I got older I had periods where I wanted to be other things, such as an artist or a doctor, but throughout all of those shifts in focus, I would still always turn to the movies as a way to escape and enter a new world, if only for a few hours.

One goal of mine as I look to the future is to direct or DP a feature-length comedy. There are so few women directors in the industry and even less female cinematographers. There is a huge gender gap in the film industry. I hope that as I leave college I will be able to make films that show women in a positive light and not just as objects for the male gaze. So many of the films that we see are through the eyes of a man. As a female filmmaker, I think that it will be good to make films about real women, through the eyes of a woman.

My favorite genre of film has always been Comedy. I love being the person that makes people laugh, and I truly do think that laughter is the best medicine. The Princess Bride, What's Up Doc, Singin' in the Rain, and My Fair Lady, were my go to movies to watch when I was home sick from school. I think that comedy is a great way for people to escape and just laugh, if only for 90 minutes.

That is what I wanted to accomplish in my thesis film. I wanted to make a film that would just make people happy. Especially in the political climate that we are in at the moment, I think that it is even more important for people to be able to watch a film that is able to make them smile. Every time that I turn on the news I find myself getting more depressed about what is happening in our country, but watching a funny movie always makes me feel a little bit better. I hope that my films will be able to achieve something like this for others.