Sammy the Egg

This hard-boiled detective is not everyone's favorite dish.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
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  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Micro short
  • Runtime:
    15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2019
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    Early Digital
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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

The 7 seconds of grainy video in this 15-second micro short could be called my very first film. It dates from 2005, when I was studying acting in NY for the first time, and I was working up this character called Sammy the Egg. He was, um, a hard-boiled detective - you get the idea, right? When I got back to Vancouver, I got some modelling clay and tried to create a real Sammy the Egg. I didn't know how animated movies were made, so I put him on a plate and moved the plate around with my legs, while voicing the character and filming with an early-generation digital cam with a built-in mic. It's rough, like Sammy, but hopefully a bit of fun, and a cool reminder for me of how it all began. Enjoy!