Experiencing Interruptions?


"Buddy" is a story about loneliness and the desperation it foments. With our hero (played by singer Dan Aden), we see a man shunned by society, doomed to live his life all alone.

To help maintain a semblance of sanity, our hero creates an artificial friend—a buddy, if you will. He brings her to life with a lullaby, and she starts taking in everything around her. Things are going well, though the buddy has not yet formed an attachment to her maker. Creating a true bond with his buddy is the maker's last goal in life—again, his sanity depends on it.

Before their bond has formed, however, misfortune strikes in the form of a newcomer (played by saxophone player Stephen Chen), who promptly begins to seduce the buddy away from her maker. Obviously, the maker does not like this turn of events. So he pulls his buddy back to him, and tells her his secret: A bond with her is all that matters; it is a matter of life and death.

For the very first time, she begins to experience sympathy. But as the buddy reaches out to touch her maker's face, the newcomer blasts our hero away, and she is nearly helpless to the newcomer's means of temptation. In a last-ditch effort, the maker tries to win his buddy back by singing the lullaby he originally used to rouse her.

The buddy becomes overwhelmed, reacting to too many stimuli at once. She finally snaps. Preferring to end his own creation than have it be lost to another, the maker puts her back to sleep forever, dooming himself.


Trip into nothing
I can't fall into something.
"Tell me you're name", the wizard would say.
But i abstain...

Failure they give me...
…Wrapped so soft and forgiving.
Standing in line, wasting your time...
…So they can say: "who?"

Live through your writing,
Wash it down with violins.
Rest of you'll follow, Ill tell you what i know
But i'll make you stay...

All of your reasons
won't be hard to believe in.
Take it in, let it begin.
Then think again...

It tells me everything that i want.
I hang on with my life...
And i don't want to plead.

  • Michael Ajudua
    Writer, Keyboard, Music Producer
  • L.S.C
    Name of Band or Artist
    L.S.C Music Videos
  • Zaji Zabalerio (Emerson Student)
    Makes Me Feel
  • Grayson Kohs (Emerson Student)
    Makes Me Feel
  • Michael Ajudua
    L.S.C Music Videos, Dunkin Donuts, Aloft Hotels Model
  • Zesty Productions: Zaji Zabalerio and Grayson Kohs
    Makes Me Feel
  • Zesty Cinematographer: Darren Samuels
  • Daniel Aronov
    Key Cast
    L.S.C Music Videos
  • Sasha M. Krumholz Lynn
    Key Cast
    Tony Williams' Urban Nutcracker, New York Fashion Week (model) , Rainbow Fashion Week NYC (model), "Choreolab" Series
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Alternative Rock
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 26, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Zaji Zabalerio (Emerson Student), Grayson Kohs (Emerson Student)

A background in research and development for docuseries cable television has allowed me to develop and strengthen an effective think-on-your-feet producing style with an eye to the future. Efficient and clear communication skills help me manage teams and delegate responsibilities in order to get the job done with precision, quality and coordination.

On the fast track of honing in these skills at Emerson College, I continue to maintain an active network with talented writers, directors, cinematographers, producers, editors and marketers-- future industry experts-- in order to collaborate on a variety of genres in multimedia production.

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Director Statement

Partnered with Grayson Kohs, Zesty is a content driven company built by creative storytellers. We pride ourselves in delivering high production value to our projects. Our compact group of four directors and three producers makes us a more dynamic team able to prioritize tasks and streamline workflow under deadline pressure.