Unhappy Animal

Are humans the only unhappy animals?

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Micro Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2016
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  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, Mexico
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  • Shooting Format:
    Smartphone (iPhone 5)
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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

Are humans the only unhappy animal? In the process of building out a cluster of similarly-themed films in support of a larger project, I realized I wanted a darker, more nihilistic piece that would fit alongside other films of mine like "Art Betrays Hope" and "The Camera's Tears." I was experimenting with juxtaposing a very bucolic, almost paradisaical visual scene, with a driving, heavy rock music track, and the narrative POV of the main character, Sapienza, who expresses a relentlessly bleak view of humanity. This is one of the darkest and least hopeful of my films so far, and I wanted an anchor in that part of the emotional spectrum for future exploration.