Grow the Fuck Up!

Margret is a wreck. At age thirty five, she's going nowhere. The misguided artist finds herself trapped in a prison of her own creation, as the cocaine and years of debauchery wear her down. Her poor old teddy bear, Mr. Gregory, is her only true comfort. Play time ends abruptly one night, as Mr. Gregory pounces to life in a fit of rage. Margret questions her own sanity, as her teddy lectures her on her misdeeds. It's time for Margret to grow up!

Chris Donald Griffin (myself) also wrote a feature length version of this story titled "Stuffed!". "Stuffed!" has yet to be produced.

  • Chris Donald Griffin
    Director
    Mansion of Terror (short), A Match Made in Heaven (short), Christmas Stuffing (short), Those Hidden Amongst Us: Bar Tab (short), Pillow Fight (short), There can be only One (short)
  • Chris Donald Griffin
    Writer
    Mansion of Terror (short), A Match Made in Heaven (short), Christmas Stuffing (short), Those Hidden Amongst Us: Bar Tab (short), Pillow Fight (short), There can be only One (short)
  • Chris Donald Griffin
    Producer
    Mansion of Terror (short), A Match Made in Heaven (short), Christmas Stuffing (short), Those Hidden Amongst Us: Bar Tab (short), Pillow Fight (short), There can be only One (short)
  • Elena Esovolova
    Key Cast
    "Magret Sapphire"
  • Kurtis Maguire
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Gregory (voice)"
  • Tara Travis
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Gregory (puppeteer)"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2010
  • Production Budget:
    16,000 CNY
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Red One
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 9th Annual “Atlanta Underground Film Festival”
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    September 15, 2012
    World Premiere
    Award for "Best Director for a Short Film"
  • 3rd Annual "HorrorQuest Film Festival"
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    October 19, 2012
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Chris Donald Griffin

Back in 2009 I created Angry Bear Film Productions as an entity to produce my films under.

Before anything, I started out performing improv comedy. My goofy imagination eventually branched off into writing, and then filmmaking.

I have written/directed/produced seven short films. I wrote eight feature screenplays, and I co-wrote two other feature screenplays. In addition to this, I wrote three tv/streaming pilots.

Comedy has always been my niche, but I’m also a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan. My feature screenplays range from dark comedy, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. My screenplays range from ultra-low-budget to sci-fi epic. I write the kind of stories I enjoy watching on screen, and reading in books and graphic novels.

I’ve also been fortune to have worked with some amazing cast and crew over the years, many of which I worked with time and time again. I had some talented and fun writing partners as well.

I also have a background working in film and television as a Lamp Operator in the lighting department. I’m a member of IATSE 891 in Vancouver, and a member of IATSE 873 in Toronto.

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Director Statement

"Grow the Fuck Up!" was the short film that nearly broke me. I shot it back in March of 2009, after six months of pre-production. This one was meant to be my big festival piece. Unfortunately, the recession led to the worst year of my life, and getting the film done, and on budget, was the best I could manage.

We had a small festival release, at a few festivals, and I won a "Best Director for a Short Film" award at the 9th Annual "Atlanta Underground Film Festival" in Atlanta, Georgia, but I was broke and in crazy dept. I couldn't afford to submit to more than a handful of festivals.

The original cut of GTFU was also 16 minutes long, including an end credits scene. This cut doesn't include the post-credits scene, the opening credits, and I removed most of a long nightclub flashback scene. I think the flashback caused it to drag. I wish I would had cut that scene out, years back.

It's a fucking crazy little short film, with a pinch of heart, so I hope people enjoy the ride.