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Victor is a short film about imagination, solitude and the sometimes blindfolded quest for happiness. This whimsical journey follows Victor, a peculiar man who has some interesting ideas about how to make friends. With an optimistic plan and a few technological tricks, Victor shows that sometimes all you need is a little help to notice what’s been right in front of you all along.

  • Chad Thompson
  • Chad Thompson
  • Yeah Haus
  • PJ Jacokes
    Key Cast
  • Keith Thompson
    Key Cast
  • Tim Travis
    Key Cast
  • John Anderson Beavers (DOP)
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 14, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Vimeo Staff Pick
  • The Awardeo Company

    December 15, 2014
  • Film Shortage

    December 22, 2014
    Daily Pick
  • MItten Movie Project
    Royal Oak, MI
    January 6, 2015
    Audience Choice Award
  • North Carolina Film Awards

    January 7, 2015
    Director's Award
  • Nobudge
  • Montgomery Film Festival
    Montgomery, AL
  • John Hopkins Film Festival
    Baltimore, MD
  • Streetlight Series
    Detroit, MI
  • Fantavision
    Rome, Italy
  • Holly Shorts
    Los Angeles, CA
  • NYC Festival Of Cinematics

    Best Comedy
  • LA Indie Film Fest
    Los Angeles
  • Streetlight Series
    Detroit, MI
  • Vaughan Film Festival
    Vaughan, Ontario Canada
    Canadian Premiere
  • Film Brothers Festival Of Shorts
    Wilmington, Delaware
Director Biography - Chad Thompson

Though Chad's day job is as an animator/motion designer, he's also an accomplished commercial director, touring musician, and recording engineer. As co-owner of Yeah Haus, a multi-discipline media studio, he's been able to jump between these different roles depending on the project. His most recent project, the charming short film Victor, he leaned on his diverse creative career to write, score, edit, animate/vfx, and direct the film.

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Director Statement

“Victor is my first proper short film, and Yeah Haus’ first live action production. We shot it over a couple summer days and did all of the post, FX, music, sound, & color over the following year. It’s hard to express how blissful and lucky I felt shooting this —I’m not totally sure why it was such a big deal, but life gets busy and somewhere along the line I hadn’t done anything in awhile for purely artistic purposes. In some ways my role in making the film paralleled the underlying themes of Victor. In my mind, Victor had a whole life before this day and finally chose to follow his instinctual need to create because it made him and others happy. I myself am prone to needing a really good reason to put so much energy into something.
Of course with most things that don’t have a clear reason, things become clearer throughout the process. I just had no idea it would be as gratifying to go thru each step with friends and family. From keeping the tradition of casting my brother Keith (as Mr Anrgy) in our absurd Thompson-Bros videos that date back to the mid-90s, to gathering new cohorts like funny-man PJ Jacokes (as Victor) and a bunch of talented friends from the past & present.
There are many stories – Don’t have a dolly? Well how about an electric golf cart with a makeshift pedestal on the back. The neighbor of the lakehouse we shot at offered his pontoon boat to shoot the tugboat scenes on. 30 friends just showed up on short notice for our dinner scene with their costumes already on. An old high school marching band friend dug into one of the back storage rooms of our high school to find some 1970s era band hats and uniforms. My wife, brother and I figured out how to make props out of styrofoam and wood. Our locations even – we found the lakehouse via Airbnb, and then the homeowner Tim (who was cast as the Gnome) mentioned he also owned a Home & Garden business, so we went over there and found so many great locations that jived with the script!
I could go on and on about these seemingly small serendipitous things that ended up meaning so much to us. I know it was a no-budget independent labor of love, but I was unprepared and humbled by just how generous every cast and crew member was with their time and effort that it kinda makes me think it was meant to be. I guess like Mr Angry, you can’t always see how many people love and support you until it’s right in front of you .”