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The Paperboy

The road to becoming a Paperboy is a difficult journey. One must be able to throw newspapers with lethal accuracy, fend off dogs, master 10 speeds, and evade oncoming traffic. Such is the journey of Sam Letterman.

  • Thien Ngo
  • Brock Isbell
  • Thien Ngo
  • Amanda Donoven
  • Keith Hudson
    Key Cast
  • James "Tres" Wilson
    Key Cast
  • Michael Johnson
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Action, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 29, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    ProRes 422
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Director Biography - Thien Ngo, Brock Isbell

Thien M. Ngo is an aspiring director/VFX artist. He is constantly involved in making films. By his 4th year of film school, he had worked on a total of 10 undergraduate thesis films, 2 graduate thesis films, 2 professor films, as well as a multitude of undergraduate, graduate projects, and outside productions. His first key opportunity was compositing visual effects for the graduate thesis film Perfect Machine directed by Jarrod Paul Beck. He was able to put what he had learned into practice. Soon after, he composited VFX for another graduate film The Town Where Nobody Lives directed by Al Topich. Upon his last semester, he wrote and directed “The PaperBoy” which became a culmination of everything he learned from storytelling to VFX.

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Director Statement

I’ve always liked making fun films, I think they reflect my personality a lot. Both my shorts Late and With Friends Like These had a crude humor to them. Also a subsequent tone of being in classrooms without pants “haha”. The PaperBoy was no different. I wanted to create a film that took itself seriously, but in doing created a more effective action comedy. I wanted to take the term “knowledge is power” literally. When designing the film, I tried to make it as malleable as possible. It was designed to work with a big or small cast/ budget. I wanted to make a war film, only with newspaper delivery. The resulting product became: The PaperBoy.