One Actor Short - 2
In ‘One Actor Short,’ Yuval David Gives Random Strangers Chance to Star in Film on Streets of New York.
After much fanfare and excitement over his pilot episode, acclaimed actor, host, and filmmaker Yuval David has now released the highly anticipated second episode of his groundbreaking new digital episodic series, ‘One Actor Short,’ in which he explores what happens when he invites random people on the streets of New York to play a role in his film, which Yuval directs and produces himself.
In the unscripted reality series, Yuval and his film crew step into public areas of New York City to carry out his unique new approach to filmmaking. During the process, Yuval pulls together a cast of random individuals, who really are in fact complete strangers to Yuval. He then directs them through improvised scenes and develops the plot of the film based on each new cast member and the progression of each scene.
As the title ‘One Actor Short’ conveys, Yuval’s concept begins with being short one more actor. So, he finds people to play roles in the film. At the start of the filming day, Yuval and his crew have no idea what kind of film they will make and what might transpire. Through the improvisational style, Yuval creates a film featuring his new cast, completely on the spot.
Through his bold conceptualization and creation of ‘One Actor Short,’ Yuval David has masterfully pioneered a new genre of storytelling, directing and producing, as he fearlessly directs and acts within a radically innovative, fresh new format.
Yuval’s directorial style makes his actors feel completely welcome in a safe space he creates, where his actors are invited to be authentically playful. Through his direction, he is able to pull surprisingly good performances from his new cast.
Yuval’s initial pilot episode of ‘One Actor Short’ is a spin on the crime procedural drama typical to New York City crime shows. It is packed with all of the excitement and high stakes energy of TV series most viewers know, like ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘NCIS,’ with compelling, mysterious characters, all brought to life through Yuval’s direction of people who did not expect to be acting in a movie only moments before.
The beginning of the second episode starts with Yuval attempting to get a number of strangers to participate in the concept, comically poking fun at the constant cold shoulders and rejections from hardened New Yorkers accustomed to brushing off requests by beggars and buskers on the street. Eventually a solid cast is formed of those who agree to join in and off they go.
Following the same format for this newest episode, once again selecting at random individuals from the street, and directed guided-improvisational scenes, the narrative of Episode Two organically developed into a romantic comedy. It focuses on a group of friends and strangers helping Yuval’s character Sam to meet someone romantically. Sam is guided by his friends and advisors to find a significant other by living his truth.
Without expecting to do so at the beginning of the film day, Yuval and his diverse cast of characters share uplifting messages. As one character, Pearl, advises Sam, “be yourself, be real.”
In one highly poignant scene, Sam’s friend Blu, played by a trans woman of color, speaks her truth to him: “I believe in myself…If I can stand up and do this, you can do it also. You just have to believe in yourself, ok?”
“Representing the diversity of people in my work happens naturally because I am representing the people who make up our society,” says Yuval. “I have a mission to entertain, uplift and inspire, which goes hand in hand with my mission to use art for social change, whether it’s through inclusivity of underrepresented communities in my work, or in the roles I portray or create for others.”
Yuval continues to explain, “throughout all my work, I create a safe space and a brave space for people to be open, playfully in the moment, and have a rewarding experience. It also is rewarding for me, as I welcome people into my shared creative world.”
The series is produced and directed by Yuval David.
For more information on Yuval David, visit www.yuvaldavid.com, or his other channels at the following:
Yuval DavidDirectorOne Actor Short, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
Yuval DavidWriterOne Actor Short, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
Yuval DavidProducerOne Actor Short, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
Yuval DavidKey CastOne Actor Short, What Would You Do, Madam Secretary, Michael J Fox Show
Project Type:Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
Genres:episodic, procedural, short, romantic comedy, rom com, comedy, funny, improv, experimental, web, series, romance, comedic
Runtime:9 minutes 25 seconds
Completion Date:September 4, 2019
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:United States
Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay CompetitionNew York City
New York City Independent Film FestivalNew York City
New Filmmakers NYNew York City
Hollywood Just4Shorts Film And Screenplay CompetitionHollywood
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.
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“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.
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