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Life Ensurance

A simple man tries to cancel his life insurance plan, while an offbeat broker goes to great lengths to dissuade him from cashing out.

  • Dylan Crosby
  • Dylan Crosby
  • Kyler Wilton
  • Kyler Wilton
  • Samuel Madsen
    Key Cast
  • Kyler Wilton
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Sta Maria
    Key Cast
  • Ben Lang
    Production Assistant
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10 USD
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Director Biography - Dylan Crosby

Dylan Crosby is a 21-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan. He currently studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

With a warped sense of humour serving as the genesis for most of his ideas, Dylan often uses comedy in developing a meaningful message. He just keeps finding these big ideas in his works. He doesn't mean to do it. He will try harder in the future to produce something completely devoid of meaning.

His offbeat inclinations are typically kept in check by his creative partner and straight-man, Kyler Wilton. Their works are often set in absurd, dystopian realities, dealing with themes of mental illness, life/death, and oppression.

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Director Statement

When my partner and I sat down to write this project, we were well into the pandemic. By this point, we had grown tired of the nauseating we’re-in-this-together displays of empty gestures by big business—it seemed obvious to me that these corporations only cared about the financial implications of everyone staying home and rationing their money.

In this film, I wanted to capture that idea by creating a caricature of this business-driven irreverence for human life. I wanted to show that the malice lies between businesses, while the people—even those that work for them—are exploits in this competition. At a time where massive companies are entering the limelight for mistreating their employees, we feel this idea is more important than ever.

For the people at the bottom, the victims of capitalism, life really is a joke. These people see it every time an advertisement tells them that McDonald's cares about their health. They see it in the work culture that tells them to have fun and work overtime. They see it in Jeff Bezos going to space (The shape of that rocket... He was even wearing a cowboy hat, like come on). This film was made to entertain these ordinary people, so that we may commiserate and revel in the meaninglessness of our lives. If only those at the top could hear us laughing.