The Pencil Movie

Middle-schooler Andrew Sharp acquires a unique new pencil, only to misplace it on its first day in use. While missing, the pencil goes on an exciting serendipitous adventure.

  • Colton Beckwith
    Director
  • Colton Beckwith
    Writer
  • Colton Beckwith
    Producer
  • Colton Beckwith
    Director of Photography
  • Rileigh Vaughn
    Key Cast
    "Andrew"
  • Jennifer Harsh
    Key Cast
    "Mom"
  • Luke Van Mol
    Key Cast
    "Cashier"
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  • Colton Beckwith
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Action, Drama
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    700 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:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Colton Beckwith

Colton Beckwith is a 13-year-old student filmmaker from Redding, California. He has been writing, directing and editing movies since early 2019, following years of learning cameras and editing programs. He acquired most of his filmmaking knowledge from Luke Van Mol, an experienced filmmaker in his area.

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Director Statement

The Pencil Movie follows a boy and his special pencil, which he loses at school on its first day in use. The pencil goes on a short adventure before making it back to its original owner through the boy's smart Border Collie.

The idea for this film was inspired many years ago by a pencil, just lying in the snow. That made me think, wouldn't it be cool if there were a movie depicting the life of a pencil? Years later I finally decided to execute the project myself.

The Pencil Movie took nearly a year to complete, as its production was laden with obstacles ranging from editing difficulties to a key actor being out of town for months. Even so, the results were satisfying and made the whole project worth it.