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Writer’s Dilemma One SheetIMDbThe Writer’s Dilemma

2013 ♦ 7:50 ♦ produced by Kenneth J. Coughlan & Mary Kay Coughlan ♦ directed by Bjorn Munson

Authors Libby Daricek and Mark LaSalle are each working to finish their respective novels — Mark’s being a crime thriller, and Libby’s an emotional drama. But as they describe scenes from their works (and propose changes to their pieces), their collaborative relationship is put to the test, especially as they learn they may be competing for the same goal.

48 Hour Film ProjectTohubohu returned to the 48 Hour Film Project in 2013 with Bjorn Munson in the director’s chair for “The Writer’s Dilemma,” a buddy film featuring a wide cast anchored by Tohubohu veterans Jennifer Massey and Nick DePinto. The film was created entirely across the weekend of May 3th through the 5th, 2013, and premiered at the AFI Silver Theatre on Saturday, May 11th. Frequent Tohubohu director William R. Coughlan took on scriptwriting duties (his first solo Tohubohu scriptwriting effort since 2004’s “Loose Ends.”

The Writer’s Dilemma — Original Trailer

TOHUBOHU PRODUCTIONS presents  a 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT  “THE WRITER’S DILEMMA”  starring JENNIFER MASSEY  NICK DePINTO  featuring ARIANA ALMAJAN  ELIZABETH DARBY  NELLO DeBLASIO  RICHARD FISKE  DYLAN HINTZ  CAROL McCAFFREY  JEAN HUDSON MILLER  BROOKS TEGLER  KEITH WATERS  edited by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  BRAD HARTLAND  director of photography DAN FOSTER  executive producer WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  written by WILLIAM R. COUGHLAN  produced by KENNETH J. COUGHLAN & MARY KAY COUGHLAN  directed by BJORN MUNSON

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When we drew “Buddy Film” as our 48 Hour Film Project assigned genre, screenwriter (and executive producer) William R. Coughlan and I discussed how many buddy films include “buddies” who don’t get along — at least not initially. We also both share a love of film noir, so Bill proposed a gangland variant of The Prisoner’s Dilemma, that favorite problem of game theorists wherein two isolated prisoners decide whether to cooperate with or betray each other. We loved it, but in trying to break out the beats of the story, we found that we had too much telling and not enough showing within the constraints of a seven-minute short. By switching the framing device to one of writers at a similar impasse, we were still able to touch on the whole gangster story, but were not weighed down by it. And we added a whole other story in Libby Daricek’s drama. The resulting script was a delight to shoot, as was working with so many great actors. In a sense, we got to make multiple movies.

Bjorn Munson

 
 
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