The James Story

The quiet and uneventful life of James gets turned upside down when a big-shot Director enters into his life and convinces James to star in his newest movie.

  • Nicholas Pletcher
  • Nick Pletcher
  • Nick Pletcher
  • David Akridge
    Key Cast
  • Angelo Guevara-Malavé
    Key Cast
  • Dan Reinert
    Key Cast
  • Isabella DeCahrd
    Key Cast
  • Dylan Thompson
    Director of Photography
  • Valerie Starks
    Assistant Director
  • Sarah Hall
    Script Supervisor
  • Andres Gomez
    Production Designer
  • Kristi League
    Assistant Camera
  • Stephen Maxwell
    Sound Mixer
  • Stephen Maxwell
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nicholas Pletcher

Nick Pletcher grew up with an intense passion for films. He graduated from the University of Central Florida Film program. His directorial debut, The Day Comedy Died, won the National Campus MovieFest for Best Comedy, and was nominated for Best Picture. He has since won many national awards from various film festivals. His film work can be seen on Virgin America Airlines and Amazon Prime. Nick loves to shoot, direct, write, and act.

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Director Statement

My film “The James Story”, is a comedy a guy who finds out his life is being filmed by a sleazy Hollywood director. This is a project I have become very excited about because of how unique it is. The film also excites me because of the scope of the story. It feels like a full story with a full character’s journey. I wanted to make the characters iconic and memorable and I believe I have been able to do that with this film.
Although this is a comedy, the film does feel cinematic and dramatic. I wanted to make sure that as I create the film that it is infused with not just comedy, but smart, deliberate comedy. I like to make comedies where the jokes and characters have meaning and importance. Many modern comedies lack that quality but I hope this film has overcome that.
The story starts with a lonely guy, James, sitting in his house. He hasn’t got much going on until a director shows up with a camera filming him. The director convinces him to star and finish his movie. The director becomes overbearing and pushy, leading to a conflict and separation of James and the director. Eventually, when James gets the courage to go talk to a girl he finds the director standing over his shoulder, filming him. James pushes the director and his crew, breaking there equipment and thus ended James “life”. It’s a fun film that has a great social theme about phones and screens and their effect on the modern world.
I love how cinematic the film looks. I don’t like when comedies light a scene by just spraying light at it. I wanted the lighting and camera work to be cinematic and personal. I thought handheld would be good for this film and give it a more raw feeling.