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Loser Says What?

Felix Fundenburger is the biggest winner in town. At least, that was the case before his friend Beatrice pulled the classic "losersaywhat?" trick on him. Felix, stumbling through this new world of loserdom, must find out how to get his status back, lest he remain a loser forever!

  • David Vassos
  • David Vassos
  • Devon Makse
    Key Cast
    "Felix Fundenburger"
  • Sophia Macapagal
    Key Cast
  • Jack van Nostrand
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Fundenburger"
  • Tia Lunn
    Key Cast
    "Newsie Jane"
  • Nathan Yee
    Key Cast
  • Nathan Yee
    Key Cast
    "[Eldritch Screech]"
  • David Vassos
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    Short, Student
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    8 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2019
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Director Biography - David Vassos

David is a filmmaker from Toronto in his fourth year at Queen's University in the Computing and the Creative Arts (Film) program. He has been an artsy boy since forever, being involved in theatre and music and whatnot, but he was in grade ten when he realized how wonderful films are when he began devouring film theory and criticism like it was Thanksgiving dinner. Since then, David has started up a wild and wacky YouTube channel, Golden Boy Productions, as a platform to showcase his films, some of which have been featured at festivals like the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Insomniac Film Festival, and KFPL Youth Shorts. When he's not making films, David is probably cooking, playing Super Smash Bros, or running around in a big open field.

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Director Statement

This film was born from a funny bit that my pal Iain likes to pull on me where he’ll say “hey David” and I say “what“ and he says “chicken butt”. Loser Says What was originally was just a quick sketch about the similar “losersayswhat?” interaction, but it started to develop into a legitimate short once I actually sat down to write it.

As for themes, I find that my films usually have themes that I deliberately put into the work and themes that only present themselves to me once the film is finished. Hopefully the intended theme is obvious, since it’s spelled out with an after school special style speech at the end. True accomplishment comes from within. There it is. We got the message. As for unintended meaning, I tend to swing wildly between thinking my art is brilliant and thinking it’s completely awful (usually whenever people tell me it’s good). Imposter syndrome kicks in and now I feel like I’m going to wake up any morning now and everyone is going to realize that I’m not they genius they thought I was, that I am instead a fraud, a phoney. So I think this film is also a silly way for me to play around with that worse case scenario for comedic effect, and hopefully take away it's power by showing how ludicrous it really is.

Never forget that you are brilliant, you are wonderful, and you are worth praise from others and from yourself.