Security Plan

A man who recently got out of jail makes a late-night visit to his brother's business to discuss a plan to get his life back on track.

  • Jeremy Evan Taylor
    Director
    The Appraiser, Reinvention: The Legend of Trevor DuMonde, Date With The One Eyed Monster
  • Jeremy Evan Taylor
    Writer
    Reinvention: The Legend of Trevor DuMonde, Date With The One Eyed Monster
  • Aaron Amuchastegui
    Producer
  • Scott McMahon
    Key Cast
    "Scott"
    Grimm, The Cube
  • Jeremy Evan Taylor (as Jet Gonzaga)
    Key Cast
    "Jet"
    Mindscans, Bucksville, Date With The One Eyed Monster
  • Tim Vester
    Key Cast
    "FBI Agent"
    Checked Out, Reinvention: The Legend of Trevor DuMonde
  • Colten Tyler Williams
    Score
    The Last Blockbuster, A Stone In The Water
  • Nathan Hoss
    Director of Photography
    Something In The Night, Down, Johnny and Mary
  • Steve Kaul
    Original Music
    Poustinia, Managing Risk in a Changing Climate
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16: 9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Oregon Short Film Festival Summer 2021
    Portland
    United States
    August 29, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Winner - Best Director Award, Finalist - Best Drama Film
Director Biography - Jeremy Evan Taylor

Jeremy Evan Taylor (Jet Gonzaga) is a Filipino-American filmmaker and actor. He grew up in the small town of Redmond, in Central Oregon's high desert. After graduating from The Art Institute of Portland, he was very lucky that his first gig out of the chute was as a painter/set designer for his favorite Oregon director, Chel White, on the multiple award-winning animated short film, Magda. He then moved to San Luis Obispo, CA where he cut his teeth as an actor as the lead role of Song Liling in the play M. Butterfly at the SLO Little Theatre. Also while living in "SLO", he worked as a grip/assistant cameraman with Ben Chiu on the sci-fi feature, Mindscans. While down there, he wrote and directed his first short film, Date With The One Eyed Monster. After moving back to Oregon, he was lucky enough to work again with Chel White on the indie feature, Bucksville as a casting assistant and property master. He followed that up working as an art department PA on the pilot of NBC's Grimm. While living in Portland this time around, he did a fair amount of acting, mostly in corporate videos, local commercials, and PSA's.

He has now moved back to Central Oregon and has taken a step back from working on other people's productions, making his own short films in preparation for his first feature. He runs an adult foster care home called Partridge Inn and owns a boutique video production company called MamaShed Productions. In addition to Date With The One Eyed Monster, his short films include The Appraiser, Reinvention: The Legend of Trevor DuMonde, and Security Plan. His first feature will be a documentary about his mother's journey, moving from the Philippines to Baltimore as a young woman in the middle of the 60's Civil Rights Movement and then raising two boys in Oregon as a single mother in a foreign land.

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Director Statement

The original idea for Security Plan came from watching Sidney Lumet's final film, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. In the movie, the two desperate brothers conspire to rob their parents' jewelry store. I believe in the old saying that as an actor, it's important not to judge your character's morals and to ask yourself what you would do under the extreme circumstances of the script. I started thinking about what would happen if I was a desperate single dad and my more successful brother ratted me out and contributed to sending me to jail. Then I find out that he's been doing illegal activity himself and get offered a deal to wear a hidden camera for an FBI sting. The story kind of evolved from there.

I was very fortunate that my wife at the time's aunt and uncle own an electrical wire facility in Portland that I could use for the location of the successful brother's security business. Later, after moving back to Central Oregon, I completed principal shooting in Bend at a privately owned hot tub servicing company that my childhood friend works for. I also was extremely lucky to find a song through a Google search with a tone and lyrics that seem tailor-made for the film. Steve Kaul, the leader of the band, The Brass Kings, was very gracious in letting me use the song. Local musician, Colten Tyler Williams volunteered his time to do the score in the middle.

We had a shoestring budget and a crew of two people. My friend, Nate Hoss did the lighting, set up the mics on static boom poles, and ran the cameras, which are dinosaurs by today's standards (Panasonic GH2, Canon C100 mark I). I wrote the script, did the all the of art department roles, and directed. I made the FBI uniforms using paintball vests and generic hats from Amazon that I ironed on cut-out letters from a Cricut machine. The FBI agents were family and friends, in addition to Nate and I subbing in as agents where you couldn't see our faces. Scott McMahon, who also stars in the film, did some contributing writing as well. My friend and producer, Aaron Amuchastegui, supplied funds for props, food, and some financial compensation for Nate and Scott. But it was mostly a project of friends and family volunteering their time for free.

Prior to the project, I'd always wanted to shoot some kind of a brother scene with Scott. As actors in Portland, we both were often cast as generic, mixed-ethnicity guys in local ads and corporate videos. I wanted us to have a chance to do something a little darker and more complex. When we shot the main scene in the office, it was Thanksgiving week and Scott had to get up at 4:00 AM the next morning to fly to San Diego to see family. But he stayed up with us until after midnight to make sure we got everything we needed.

This film was such a fun learning experience. I am very grateful for all the people who helped me and I hope viewers enjoy it.