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Good Business (2016 short film)

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Good Business
Directed byFrank Dale Arroyo[1]
Produced byFrank Dale Arroyo
Andrew Carlberg
Tim Harms
Christian Campbell
Todd Wiseman Jr.
Milos Silber
Christian Campbell
Screenplay byFrank Dale Arroyo
Hope Bogle
StarringChristian Campbell
America Olivo
Mercedes Ruehl
CinematographySeth Fisher
Edited byMarissa Rutka
Production
company
Shorts International
Hayden 5
Beast of the East productions
Mythic Bridge
Straightshot Post
Distributed byShorts International
Release date
February 12, 2016
Running time
8 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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Good Business (2016) is an award winning American short film directed by Frank Dale Arroyo. The short was written by Hope Bogle and Frank Dale Arroyo. It was shot by Josh Fisher and edited by Marissa Rutka. Gage Woodle and Don Klien Executive Produced and Ramfis Myrthil Co-Produced. Shorts International, Hayden 5, Beast of the East productions, Mythic Bridge, and Straightshot Post were the production companies involved. The film was released on February 12th, 2016 in the United States by Shorts International and runs 8 minutes long. The film’s synopsis on IMDb reads[2]

The film stars Christian Campbell, America Olivo, and [Mercedes Ruehl]. Campbell and Olivio are married in real life, though play divorcees in this short.

Plot[edit]

The film follows a tense scene between a man named Grayson, his ex-wife, Lucy and her mother, Lorraine as they eat a celebratory dinner at The Players Club. Grayson and his ex have just sold their business of 16 years. Grayson toasts, saying “work hard, be nice”.

They discuss what they will do with their money from the sale. Grayson says he needs a change, and Lucy plays around with lyrics from Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, singing “I’m gonna need a change for once in my life”. She seemingly references a memory of Grayson’s and hers. She accidentally spills wine on herself and leaves to clean up in the bathroom- ordering her mother and ex-husband to “be nice”.

Lorraine accuses Grayson of ripping off her daughter in the sale of the business. Grayson tells Lorraine that they split the profits of the company 75/25, respectively which infuriates Lorraine. She threatens to get lawyers involved and slams Grayson for leaving her daughter two days after a miscarriage.

Grayson uses lyrics from the Michael Jackson hit Billie Jean to shockingly reveal to Lorraine that the miscarried child was not his. He further explains the father of this child would have been a man named Colin, whom Lorraine seems to know. Lorraine is shocked and asks how they were able to work together. Grayson responds that he knew the business and marriage could not continue, however he forgave Lucy, saying to Lorraine, “Work hard, be nice. It’s just good business”.

Cast[edit]

  • Christian Campbell as Grayson
  • Mercedes Ruehl as Lorraine
  • America Olivo as Lucy
  • Russel Louise Uddin as Matteo the waiter
  • Marcus Bird as Host
  • Book Boards as Restaurant Connoisseur (credit only)
  • Danny Worthy Boards as Restaurant Patron
  • Nicole Hughes as Hostess
  • Jannel Tanna as Restaurant Patron (as Janel Smietana)
  • Leroy Phillips Jr. as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Production[edit]

Good Business entered post production on August 13th, 2014. It was completed on August 4th, 2015 and released on February 12th, 2016 by Shorts International. Good Business was made for $4,483.

Motifs[edit]

Director Frank Dale Arroyo uses the color red and the food motifs because the film is ultimately about revenge, a dish "best served sweet". Grayson’s revenge is foreshadowed with a bloody steak at the start of the film. Arroyo has further noted the cinematography of the food styling came from Hannibal (TV series) , a show which he was influenced by at the time.

References[edit]

There are two references to songs of Michael Jackson’s in Good Business. America Olivio playfully sings a bit of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror to Grayson after he resolves to make a change. Grayson later sings a bit of Billie Jean to Lorraine to explain that Lucy’s miscarried child was not his.

Reception[edit]

Good Business Won the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival (MFF) Award for Best Comedy Short Frank Dale Arroyo, Hope Bogle, Ramfis Myrthil and EsoteriCam (production company) are credited with the win. Prior to that win, Good Business won the 2016 Long Beach International Film Festival, for the Best Short Film Comedy. Ramfis Myrthil (29626 producer) is credited for the win on IMDb.

References[edit]

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3956752/


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  1. IndieWire https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3956752/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. “A charming business man gets revenge on his ex-mother in law at dinner.”