The Pizza Guy

The Pizza Guy is a comedy short about your friendly, neighborhood...you get the picture! Starring Tom Campion, Dominic Leeder, Georgia Taylforth, & Veronica Ellis. Directed by Chad Killoran, written and produced by Victoria Jane Appleton.

  • Chad Killoran
    Director
    The Condemnation of Lily Winters (JC Productions / Under Arrest Pictures), Beam (BFI / Centroid Motion Capture), Contagious: video game (Official Music Video)
  • Victoria Jane Appleton
    Writer
    Are You Sure? at The Stevenage Arts Festival 2015 (short play), A Million Days at The Royal Academy of Music Winter Showcase (Lyricist), I Dreamed in Technicolour 3D at The Edinburgh Fringe & Edinburgh Free Fringe (Solo stand up comedy show).
  • Victoria Jane Appleton
    Producer
  • Tom Campion
    Key Cast
    Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (Secret Cinema), Long Forgotten Fields (2015), Cusp (2015 - Indiefest award winner), The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre).
  • Dominic Leeder
    Key Cast
    Jeff in Deny Everything (2015), Han Solo in Star Wars (Secret Cinema), Paul and War Horse (National Theatre).
  • Georgia Taylforth
    Key Cast
    The Receipt (2015), Star Wars (Secret Cinema), Henry V, and Don Carlos.
  • Veronica Ellis
    Key Cast
    Connect (BAFTA nominated), Star Wars (Secret Cinema), Hanrahan Investigates, The Seasoning House, Stina & The Wolf.
  • Victoria Jane Appleton
    Key Cast
    Samantha in Cassette (Vegasfilm Fest winner), Imperial Commander Lumiya in Star Wars (Secret Cinema), Narrator in Close & Beautiful (Pinewood's The Pitch Finalist), & Ensemble in Les Miserables (Tom Hooper / Universal).
  • Robyn Cooper
    First Assistant Director
    Self Raising (short film) and Swagger Wars (short film).
  • Jamie Capewell
    Director of Photography
  • Samuel Robert
    Colorist
  • Mary-Jane Masraff
    Hair & Makeup Artist
    Wicked, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brianna Taylor for The Logie Awards and Secret Cinema's Star Wars.
  • Laure Bachelot
    Translation (French)
  • Anna Tyrie
    With thanks to
  • Helen Barratt
    With thanks to
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon 700D
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Life Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 20, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection: Best Short Film
  • London: Film It Shorts Screening
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 15, 2015
    UK Premiere
  • Filmfreeway IndustryBOOST Competition

    November 23, 2016
    Finalist: Best Short Film
Director Biography - Chad Killoran

Credits include: The Condemnation of Lily Winters (JC Productions / Under Arrest Pictures), Beam (BFI / Centroid Motion Capture), Contagious: video game (Official Music Video)

Chad is a freelance makeup artist, painter and filmmaker. He aims to create and bring ideas to life through different forms of creative media.

His earlier works are mostly fine art based, particularly in the field of portraiture. For several years he built up a portfolio of observational portraits as well as experimented in abstract works of art.

Over the last three years he has progressed into film and theatre work, transferring his fine art skills into makeup, hairstyling and wig work as well as advancing into directing and editing short films.

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Director Statement

The Pizza Guy is an unorthodox short comedy film which may alter your thoughts on how many toppings a pizza can have.

The script immediately presented itself to me with a character of depth; one who's intentions could easily be interpreted at varied ends of the moral spectrum at different points of the story. In addition, it made me laugh, which should be the first deciding factor when choosing to take on a comedy project.

The title character, a stranger at the door able to provoke a household's personal issues without even stepping inside. The initial victim the other side of the door, Tom (played by Dominic Leeder), a man who's smooth control of his relationship situation is pushed beyond the limit of its comfort zone in one conversation with Charlie, The Pizza Guy (played by Tom Campion).

Casting proved to be the most important aspect in bringing the film to life. With all casting carried out with aptitude by writer and producer, Victoria Jane Appleton, each cast member commendably fell into their characters with what seemed like effortless ease.

Stylistically the aim of the project was to match the film's aesthetics to the quirkiness of the script's story line and writing style. This included minimalist set, stationary camera work and unfolding dialogue through unconventional POV camera shots. The concept of this was to give the audience a more intense dialogue response to the eccentric conversation at hand.

As with every project I accept to work on, once the script has enticed me, it is the talent behind the project which really inspires me. This proved to be more than I could have asked for with a full cast and crew team of ten individuals who all brought out their skill and dedication to making the film a success.

The intentions for the audience in making The Pizza Guy were purely to entertain. Laughter is one of the many forms of happiness and if my work bringing this script together as a film project can bring that feeling out in the audience, the project will have been a success to me.