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Bella Dilemma TV Show Trailer

Logline: A Hollywood Movie Queen and a diminutive stunt-man in a monster costume, lost in an alternate dimension where every movie is its own reality.
Animated TV Show Premise:
Bella Dilemma WAS the “World’s Greatest Movie Star” until one evening, while she slept soundly in the comfort of her Beverly Hills home, a shadowy figure broke in and absconded with her Oscar, after which she woke to find herself on the sound-stage of a world gone mad, where no one had ever heard of “Bella Dilemma” and she was just another stand-in on a Hollywood movie-set. This alternate dimension is the “Cine-Verse”, where all the movies ever made are their own reality and the Oscar is a mysterious Genie-like figure rumored to have the power to make dreams come true. Together with her unlikely companion, Al Z., a diminutive stunt-man in a monster suit and a grizzled vet of many a back-lot, she travels from one movie scenario to another in search of the elusive Oscar, and the life she once had.

  • Geoff Grogan
    Director
  • Geoff Grogan
    Writer
  • Geoff Grogan
    Producer
  • Bella Dilemma
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Television
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Geoff Grogan

Geoff Grogan is a cartoonist and teacher; since 2013 he has produced the comic strip "Jetpack Jr." (formerly "Plastic Babyheads from Outer Space) 3 times per week for Universal Uclick( @ gocomics.com/jetpack-jr ) while also serving as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
Prior to "Jetpack Jr." Grogan produced large format mixed-media comics, such as "Look Out! Monsters" for which he won a Xeric Grant in 2008, and "Fandancer", a "Notable Comic" in "America's Best Comics" of 2011. He was co-publisher/editor of the alternative comics broadsheet, "pood" in 2010-11 and prior to that published the graphic novel, "Nice Work" in 2006/7. He was also the cover illustrator for Professor Charles Hatfield's pioneering Eisner-winning study of the work of legendary cartoonist Jack Kirby, "Hand of Fire".
Grogan has had a long and varied career in the arts; after studying film and animation as an undergrad at the Philadelphia College of Art, he began his career as a cartoonist, doing political cartoons for an independent newspaper in the 1980's. As a painter and collage artist he exhibited in a variety of venues throughout the United States, most notably at The Drawing Center in New York in 2004. Comics and animation have informed his work throughout his life, and with "Bella Dilemma" ( itself a spin-off from "Jetpack Jr.") he has come full-circle.

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Director Statement

The trailer herein is meant to be a brief introduction to the proposed TV series, "Bella Dilemma". I had a relatively brief amount of time in which to make a film, and a lot to learn, designing and animating the entire project myself. Doing a trailer allowed me to create a broad narrative while spanning a variety of scenarios, all in just over a minute.