Pillbug's Progress

It's not the destination but rather the journey.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Micro short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2019
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

This film represents my classic approach to micro short filmmaking - find something interesting to film, watch the footage to see what story it tells, then tell the story. I was sitting on a bench when a pillbug came into view, and I watched it for a while before deciding to capture some footage. The area was full of birds, noise, people and other dangers, but this bug was just happily beetling around. When I watched the footage, I realized that was the story - the importance of just enjoying the journey and getting on with stuff, even though you could get stepped on or eaten at any moment. I recorded the narrative and bundled the film together. I hope you enjoy it!