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Dr. Weird

Meet Robert Reid. When he's not a humble 'Mild-Mannered-Media-Man' who loves alliteration, he is the not so humble superhero: Dr. Weird. The self proclaimed 'Greatest Superhero in Urb City'. Protecting it's many helpless citizens from the likes of terrifying purse snatchers and eyepatch wearing super villains. But no fearsome villain has tested Dr. Weird as much as the challenge currently at his feet. An awkward as hell dinner date. It's not weird unless you make it weird, but Dr. Weird just can't help himself. It's going to take more than heroics to win the heart of the charming Ellie Eddison, but has Dr. Weird gotten that message? Will the weirdness end before this date spirals into complete and utter chaos? Some challenges are too great.... even for Dr. Weird

  • Robert Fantozzi
    Director
    The Other Half, Grave Reviews, Cut, Witches, The Happiness Curve
  • Robert Fantozzi
    Writer
    The Other Half, Grave Reviews, Cut, Witches, The Happiness Curve
  • Conor Woods
    Writer
    Grave Reviews, Cut
  • Moses Muldoon
    Writer
    The Happiness Curve, Mel and Rana, Live on Bowen
  • Robert Fantozzi
    Producer
    The Other Half, Grave Reviews, Cut, Witches, The Happiness Curve
  • Conor Woods
    Producer
    Grave Reviews, Cut
  • Katrina Minchenko
    Producer
    Cut, Close to the Sun
  • Rob Stanfield
    Key Cast
    Red Sky, A Long Walk Home, The Perfect Nonsense, Mondo Yakuza
  • Ashleigh Stewart
    Key Cast
    Witches, The Boy, Iniquitous
  • Hannah Thiesz
    Key Cast
    Short Distance, (Working) Holiday, Found, Complicity
  • Tass Labra
    Key Cast
    Pumpkins, Just the Way It Is, The Happiness Curve,
  • Amy Gallagher
    Key Cast
  • Alex Zemtsov
    Cinematographer
    Close to the Sun, Cut, Mel and Rana, Loot
  • Alex Zemtsov
    Digital Effects
    Close to the Sun, Cut, Mel and Rana, Loot
  • Alex Zemtsov
    Camera Operator
    Close to the Sun, Cut, Mel and Rana, Loot
  • Alex Zemtsov
    Gaffer
    Close to the Sun, Cut, Mel and Rana, Loot
  • Alex Zemtsov
    Key Grip
    Close to the Sun, Cut, Mel and Rana, Loot
  • Conor Woods
    Editor
    Grave Reviews, Cut
  • Omer Rosinger
    Sound Editor
  • Omer Rosinger
    Original Music/Composer
  • Omer Rosinger
    Sound Mixer
  • Harry Daniel
    Grip
  • Evan Raif
    Grip
  • Conor Woods
    Grip
    Grave Reviews, Cut
  • Moses Muldoon
    Grip
    The Happiness Curve, Mel and Rana, Live on Bowen
  • Brendan Peterson
    Boom Operator
    Close to the Sun, Mel and Rana, C31's Royal Melbourne Show
  • Shahna Smith
    Makeup Artist
  • Ellen Tsaganas
    1st Assisstant Director
    Cut, The Happiness Curve
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Superhero
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
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  • Robert Fantozzi
Director Biography - Robert Fantozzi

I Was born in Joburg South Africa to an Italian father and an english mother. after moving to Melbourne Australia in January 2003, I attended Gardenvale Primary and Brighton Secondary College, where I developed my skills to sketch. This started a love for comic books, which was the initial spark to want to work in the comic book industry. However, the comic book and visual media industry are incredibly similar. The only boundary being the moving images accompanied by sound, rather than still images. A love for film began, and between making short films independently and studying at RMIT's Bachelor of Communication, I am developing as a director, 1st AD, editor, and writer.
Credits include:
Grave Reviews (Short film - Director/Writer)
The Other Half (Short film - Director - Editor)
The Happiness Curve (Web Series - Director)
Cut (Short film - 1st AD)
Witches (TV Pilot - 1st AD)

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Director Statement

It may sound like a big call, but Dr. Weird, has given me an experience which I doubt many young filmmakers have had. Dr. Weird is not just my next short film: it is something akin to coming full circle. You're probably wondering what I mean by this. Let me tell you...

As a young boy seeing films, you don't spend the 2 hours nitpicking every single aspect. You don't think about the shots, acting, editing and the like. As a kid you just take whatever the film shows you as gospel. I'm sure it is a liberating feeling. As most of us filmmakers can't just let a film wash over you like they did when we were kids. I like all filmmakers lost that ability. But it was not film school that taught me to labour over the details. It was superhero films. As a child, I was (and still am) an avid comic book reader. Consequently, the original X-Men and Spider-Man film's were the first movies that I walked into with a very keen critical eye. Not even 10 years old at the time, I suddenly was looking very hard at how the movie world was treating my favourite characters. Thus, my original film school came many years before I ever entered an actual film school. Growing up in the time where comic book films has prospered in many styles, genres, tones and craft taught me to focus on film. I branched into being hypnotised by all cinema, starting on a very strange window: comic books.

Since then, I have been enjoying my time making shorts and working on productions. But I was taught filmmaking by Superheroes. It is a surreal feeling for me to now be making a short about my own Superhero. It may be childish and it may not be the most dramatic story, but anyone who works on this film or films like it work just as hard as anyone else. There is just as much effort and artistic thought in this piece as there is to making a drama. Anyone who says otherwise underestimates my passion for film and the power that comedy has. As well as underestimating every single person who has worked on this piece. Giving the same quality work they would give on a serious drama. You can be inspired by anything and anyone. The passion of everyone involved in the project and the enthusiasm by our peers in the industry has made me a happy man. The un-ironic smiles which this piece has caused from cast, crew and audience has made me even more sure that Dr. Weird is the project that I needed to make and that people needed to see.