I Will Make It Worth Your While

  • Damien Fowler
    Backrooms Happenings (Producer & Director)
  • Damien Fowler
    Backrooms Happenings (Producer & Director)
  • Aengus Miralto-Desmond
    Ninety Seven (Production Manager & 1st AD)
  • Danny Chase
    Key Cast
  • Elouise Warboys
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic 6K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of the West of England Bristol
Director Biography - Damien Fowler

Damien Fowler is a young film director, originally from Kingston-Upon-Thames, who is currently studying Filmmaking at UWE Bristol. Damien has previously directed, produced and been a gaffer on a wide variety of university and non-university shorts. Recently he has got involved with the camera department, taking on the role of DoP on a short comedy film entitled Soulmates & Spitfires.

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Director Statement

The initial inspiration for I Will Make It Worth Your While (2023) was derived from my experience of working in hospitality for several years. From these various roles, I have dealt with several managers who would often steal tips from employees and speak unprofessionally to myself and other employees. From this experience, I began to develop the character of Declan, the con man restaurant owner, who is desperate to save his business after years of sleaze.

The idea of having Declan as the protagonist intrigued me, as stories that follow the villain as the protagonist have always interested me. I also wanted to focus on making a film about a flawed character who was navigating a stressful situation, creating some level of sympathy for the film’s protagonist, despite everything that he has done previously. I was especially interested in juxtaposing the scene of Declan distraught at being conned with the success of the people who conned him. I thought this would be especially effective in opening a deeper dialogue between the audience and the characters over which characters are actually in the right, if any.

Through working on this project I have learnt so much about the complexities of filmmaking and this film has allowed me to develop as a writer and director. I am especially grateful to the incredible cast and crew who have helped to bring to life this piece!