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Mr. Turnip Looks Back

A dying turnip dispenses some final words of wisdom.

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Turnip"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Micro short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2014
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

My wife found this dried up old turnip in our fridge, presumably from a previous civilization. She presented it to me with a face and goatee drawn on it, and it became a sort of desktop ornament for me. I was struck by the sadness of the face, and had been wanting to tell a story about regret from the standpoint of an old and dying person. I wrote and recorded the narrative, then shot Mr. Turnip from a variety of angles to convey different emotions. I shot two different versions of the film - one completely realistic and another against a home made green screen. When I was chroma keying the second version during edits, I liked the ghostly effect that the imperfect green screen gave, so I went with that version. The film is a reminder for us all to go after our dreams before it's too late!