One Actor Short - 1

Yuval David’s ‘One Actor Short’ Brings to Reality An Unscripted Fully Improvised High-Stakes Crime Procedural on Manhattan Streets.

Award-winning actor, host, and filmmaker Yuval David has created the first-ever episodic digital series dedicated to creating films in an experimental and improvisational format by including randomly selected individuals from the street to spontaneously play roles in the film – ‘One Actor Short.’

In this completely innovative and daring approach to filmmaking, Yuval takes his film crew onto the streets of New York where he handpicks and assembles a cast to play roles in the film from people he randomly meets on the streets of New York. Yuval then directs them through a series of scenes, each one spontaneous and improvised, helping the plot of the film to organically develop based on each newly attached member of the cast and evolution of each scene.

When Yuval and his crew begin, they have no idea what each film will look like, who will be cast in it and what the plot will even be, but that rapidly changes as this radically fresh format takes shape and blooms in front of the lens.

Through his masterful production and direction and by providing each member of his cast with a safe and brave space to perform authentically and playfully in a judgment-free zone, Yuval ends up pulling astonishing performances from them.

‘One Actor Short’ follows his collection of other groundbreaking series, all devoted to entertaining, uplifting and inspiring his audience, including ‘Better World with Yuval David,’ ‘What Makes You Beautiful?’ and ‘Pranks of Kindness,’ to name a few.

In his newly released pilot episode of ‘One Actor Short’ – which has been garnering a substantial number of views and much praise -- Yuval and his cast bring to life a high stakes procedural crime drama akin to heavily watched series such as ‘Law & Order,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘CSI’ or ‘Blue Bloods.’

Once he finds out if they would like to join his film, Yuval guides his spontaneously assembled cast members to create their characters, and begins asking them a variety of questions, including “Do you want to be a good guy or a bad guy?” and “Do you speak any other languages?” He then works with them to choose their characters’ names and scenes. This is all captured in a documentary style format leading up to the actual short film.

Like all great crime procedurals, ‘One Actor Short’ is packed with mysterious and cryptic interactions with clandestine characters and high-paced action sequences.

Yuval David has also released ‘One Actor Short 2,’ a romantic comedy telling the story of a lonely man’s attempts to find a significant other through the help of his good friends.

Subscribe to Yuval’s YouTube channel at

Yuval is best known for his roles in HBO’s “The Plot Against America,” ABC’s “What Would You Do,” NBC’s “The Michael J Fox Show,” in addition to multiple TV series, films, and On- and Off-Broadway stage productions. Yuval also hosts, directs, produces, and writes award-winning original content, including short and feature films, documentaries, and episodic web series.

The series is produced and directed by Yuval David.

For more information on Yuval David, visit, or his other channels at the following:


  • Yuval David
    One Actor Short, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
  • Yuval David
    One Actor Short, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
  • Yuval David
    One Actor Short, Better World, Pranks of Kindness, Beautiful, The BetaLoop
  • Yuval David
    Key Cast
    One Actor Short, The Plot Against America, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
  • Evan Olson
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, new media, crime, episodic, tv
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    February 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • New York City Independent Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    Official Selection
  • New Filmmakers NY
    New York City
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Hollywood Just4Shorts Film And Screenplay Competition
    United States
Director Biography - Yuval David

Yuval David’s gift for bringing characters and complex narratives to life does not reside exclusively as an actor or host in front of the camera.

As a masterful storyteller and acclaimed filmmaker Yuval consistently creates compelling content, producing, directing, and writing narrative films, episodic series, and documentaries.

His work has earned him a plethora of awards and recognition. This includes Best Film, Best Direction, Best Experimental Film, Best Web Series, Best Special FX, and Best Sound Design, Audience Awards, Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence. His original content, web series, feature and short films, and documentaries entertain, while also inspiring, empowering and captivating his audiences. This is seen across his digital series, such as ‘One Actor Short,’ ‘Better World,’‘Pranks of Kindness,’ “What Makes You Beautiful?” and “What Are You Good At?”, in addition to his short and feature films including “The BetaLoop” and “House of Fury.”

His groundbreaking work has been screened at and taken home dozens of awards from international film festivals, including The Big Apple Film Festival, NewFilmmakers Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, Hollywood Just4Shorts Film Festival, Top Shorts Film Festival, Vegas CineFest International Film Festival, IndieFest, Accolade Global Film Festival, Best Shorts Film Festival, New York Lift-Off Film Festival, American Golden Picture Film Festival, European Cinematography Awards, Indie Short Fest, New York Film Awards, Independent Shorts Awards, Kosice International Film Festival, Prague International Film Festival, and Wallachia International Film Festival.

For more on Yuval, follow and subscribe:

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Thank you for your consideration of "One Actor Short."

“One Actor Short” is an episodic film series that can be screened as individual films or as an episodic series. See the links below.

As a filmmaker and content creator, my creative mantra is to “entertain, uplift, and inspire.” During this time of world crisis, it seems to be needed now more than ever.

As an independent filmmaker, I think outside the box and treat filming as an experiment. With "One Actor Short" parts 1, 2, and 3, I have created a unique concept. And, I hope that your festival can help share it with audiences.

It is daring approach to guerrilla filmmaking and storytelling, where I step into public areas with my film crew and invite random strangers on the streets to star in a short film, which I direct and produce. The entire process is filmed, blending narrative, documentary, experimental, episodic, unscripted, and reality genres.

It is a directorial and acting challenge, as I direct and act alongside random strangers who join in the film, all while directing the crew.

=> The links to my “One Actor Short” film series are seen below.
I am the creator, director, and producer of narrative and documentary films, and a dozen web-series. Collaboration and creating opportunities for others are important concepts throughout. I focus on sharing different perspectives of narratives and representing social issues.

As an actor and tv host, most of my work is on network television, film, and theatre.

You can see more on me at

Many thanks and best wishes,


One Actor Short - 1:

One Actor Short - 2:

One Actor Short - 3:

Film Freeway:

One Actor Short - 1

One Actor Short - 2

One Actor Short - 3

Film Trailers:


One Actor Short - 1

One Actor Short - 2

One Actor Short - 3