The Golden Cage of Television

Rick and Lucy, two creative office workers, find themselves — and the rest of their officemates — behaving in increasingly outlandish ways, all while a mysterious laughter punctuates their actions. As they try to get to the bottom of the situation, they slowly realize there may be no escape from their predicament.

  • William R. Coughlan
    Director
    The Greater Evil, Bombshell, The Least Among Us
  • Anna Coughlan
    Writer
    The Rest of Your Life, Winston, Tex: Wisdom of the Old West
  • Lee Perna
    Producer
    The Greater Evil, Bombshell, The Least Among Us
  • Nick DePinto
    Key Cast
    "Rick"
  • Erin Rose Coughlan
    Key Cast
    "Lucy"
  • Gale Nemec
    Key Cast
    "Vivian"
  • Brooks Tegler
    Key Cast
    "Conway"
  • John Glasfeld
    Key Cast
    "Harvey"
  • Carol Lampman McCaffrey
    Key Cast
    "Kate"
  • Alexandra Candless
    Key Cast
    "Laurel"
  • Brian Mac Ian
    Key Cast
    "Ollie"
  • Dan Foster
    Cinematographer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Slapstick
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    750 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.0:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 48 Hour Film Project
    Washington, DC
    United States
    June 1, 2019
    World Premiere
Director Biography - William R. Coughlan

William R. Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and founder and CEO of independent video production company Tohubohu Productions, LLC. He worked for several years with The Advisory Board Company (and its offshoot companies, CEB and EAB) in Washington, D.C., where he began as a graphic designer before creating a full-service in-house video and multimedia department, and then eventually moving into the ranks of creative department management. In addition, he provides creative oversight for the global public affairs firm EGA, is the Creative Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater, and served for several years on the Board of Directors for TIVA, the Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC, Inc., filling the roles of Treasurer and Vice President before finishing his tenure as President. He also enjoys acting, voiceover performance, design and illustration, editing, animation, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person. He is the illustrator of the therapeutic workbook Stories for Children with Problems & Wishes, has provided schematic graphics for several HBS case studies, designed the acclaimed Protégé clay poker chip line, served as the Critic at Large for the online literary magazine Inkblots, has been a judge for both the TIVA Peer Awards and the Emmy Awards, founded and co-hosted the long-running Tohubohu Producer Podcast, and is an accomplished animator and ambigram artist. He currently resides at a secret compound in Northern Virginia.

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