The Best You Got

Before starting their lives on earth, customers must get their plans approved by an unusual banker and his two assistants.

  • Taz Lake
  • Taz Lake
  • Taz Lake
  • Len Cassamas
    Key Cast
    "The Banker"
  • Mack Bayda
    Key Cast
  • Brandi Jay
    Key Cast
  • KateLynn Newberry
    Key Cast
    "The 1950s Woman"
  • Mason Gillett
    Key Cast
    "Happy Boy"
  • A.T. Branch
    Key Cast
    "The Soldier"
  • Joseph Bishop
    Key Cast
    "The Savior Rabbit"
  • Jude Timothy Harris
    Key Cast
    "Arrogant Teenager"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    BlackMagic Ursa
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2019 HollyShorts Film Festival
    Sherman Oaks, California
    Official Selection
  • 2019 DC Shorts Film Festival
    Washington, DC
Director Biography - Taz Lake

Taz Lake is a multi-platform creator based in Atlanta, GA. His roles as writer, producer, filmmaker, and technologist allow him to make fantastic stories that delight, entertain, and inform. As the son of a career Marine, his exposure to varied cultures and a diverse educational background yields relatable, authentic characters who occupy interesting worlds accessible to broad audiences.

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Director Statement

What happens in the department of pre-life? If you were told to file a plan before your birthday, what would you say? Would your plan be approved? With a curmudgeon in charge, none can tell. Where will his customers land today? They'll never know until they ask and hear, "Is that the best you got?"

The Best You Got is a dark comedy. Half parable, half allegory. The story imagines an ethereal place known as the department of pre-life. There a banker and his two unconventional assistants must approve customer plans before they start their lives on earth.

If given the option, what would you ask? Something big or small? Would you be rich or poor or something in between? Ask too much and get kicked to the back of the line. Or maybe - just maybe - you can convince the banker to approve your wildest dreams. With many sizzling moments, this 10-minute short will intrigue the audience with topics as diverse as faith, politics, and family.

We are very excited to have a highly experienced cast join our short film! This cast has hundreds of TV and Film appearances between them. As of 2020, the screenplay for this film was a Quarterfinalist at HollyShorts. A semi-finalist at Richmond. And a finalist at DC Shorts, Georgia Shorts, Austin Micro Shorts, and Hollywood Just4Shorts.