Private Project

The Esteem Coach

WINNER, DIRECTOR'S AWARD
WINNER, BEST COMEDY SHORT
You can always feel better about yourself, right? Two self-help con artists play a funny and slightly sinister game of cat and mouse with the world's happiest man in this comedic short film from award-winning director Robert David Duncan.

  • Robert David Duncan
    Director
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Robert David Duncan
    Writer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Robert David Duncan
    Producer
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Teresa Laverty
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4473398
  • Sam Mansouri
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4111201
  • Robert David Duncan
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
  • Stephanie Bally
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5491163
  • Shelley Janze
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5656288
  • Sacha Romalo
    Key Cast
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5997933
  • Gregorio Gomez
    Sound Design
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4095174
  • Arnold Bogdan
    Director of Photography
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6166239
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 30 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

What would happen if the world's happiest guy bumped into the wrong self esteem coach? This was the question I had in mind when I wrote The Esteem Coach. I wrote with specific actors in mind and was delighted when I was able to get Teresa Laverty and Sam Mansouri to play the leads. This film pokes fun at the self-help industry in a funny and hopefully lighthearted way!