THE SITUATION: Directors Statement

After exploring different narrative ideas, I became interested in creating a short film in which dialogue was the primary focal point of the characters. The resulting concept was to pit two characters against one another in a single public setting with no escape and slowly watch the unraveling of their interactions in real time.

THE SITUATION is a psychological drama with a film-noir twist, the films underpinnings centers around the cyclical nature of the quest for vengeance that all too often leads to an even harsher outcome.

Actresses Trin Miller and Bryant Ramsey collaborated closely with me through an intensive rehearsal process to build the underlying motivations that forms the relationship between characters. The exceptional Cinematographer Curt Apduhan and I worked closely to establish the distinction between controlled camera-work to further develop the personas of both characters. We embraced the restrictions of the script and focused on the ways in which subtle changes in camera movements, camera angles and compositions affect the building of tension as well as the audience’s deeper understanding of Allison’s bias to her cause as the story unfolds.

The script itself is firmly centered on the plight of Allison as we find her caught in the throws of a devastating personal revelation. At it’s heart, THE SITUATION is a character study that explores the powerful and complicated relationship between love and hate . The resulting confrontation reveals the depths of Allison’s despair and hatred of the dark event that eventually drives her to pursue the unthinkable. The collision of Allison and her past in the final minutes of the film is when the true nature of her character is revealed. In the end, the film ultimately asks the question: how well do we know ourselves when the quest of retribution takes over.




Will Scott

Will Scott Wins Award in IndieFEST Film Awards

– Will Scott, of Fly Debate, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from the IndieFEST Film Awards. The award was given for Will Scott’s exciting short, The 27 Club, which (purpose of production). The 27 Club features the exceptional performances of Shaina Hammer, Edward Jackson, Angelo Valentin and Bryant Ramsey

“Winning an IndieFEST award was the capstone of a very busy year for Fly Debate Productions. The driving force behind “The 27 Club” was to tell a story that captures the all too common struggle of having to make hard life choices while pondering the lure of a seemingly “easier” solution that in the end poses an even riskier outcome. Our goal is to simply inspire the masses to delve further into the plight of the human condition.

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Fly Debate Productions joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, A Path Appears Documentary featuring George Clooney and Blake Lively, Radical Grace executive produced by Susan Sarandon, a searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes.  Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.” For more information contact Will Scott or visit Fly Debate’s website at

The 27 Club- Completed!

I’m pleased to announce “The 27 Club” is officially in the can! It has been a wonderful journey and a huge learning experience. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks and gratitude to the cast and crew for an amazing job! Your professionalism and dedication to your work speaks for itself and I am grateful for your time and your impeccable style to make this a reality. Given the minimal budget, limited time and dodgy weather, the end result is nothing short of amazing!!! I am grateful to all who have supported this project in any capacity. 27fate




Synopsis: “The 27 Club” is a film about Kat, a talented yet struggling singer and her best friend Mark. Kat, distraught over some ill-timed news decides to soak her sorrows at an old train station. The station has an ominous past where many have made the proverbial “Deal with the Devil.” With Mark at her side, they contemplate life’s struggles and the fabled “27 Club” whose famous members are believed to have exchanged a long life for short-lived stardom. They begin a life-changing journey down the railroad tracks while pondering the choice to tempt fate and meet the man at the crossroads until a mysterious man confronts them with a stern warning. Will they heed the stranger’s advice, or lay on their soul on the line for fame and fortune.

Proof of Concept for Feathers &Frogs

Fly Debate and Next Level Productions are developing a proof-of-concept short film to showcase our abilities on the creative and technical side of the storytelling spectrum. The Feathers and Frogs short is being developed with no budget, utilizing the exceptional musical talents of Kevin Sandbloom who created the track “Trouble Gimme Double” just for the project. The rest of the resources and friends  all have the same common goal as us… to create films that we are proud of and enjoy; all while having a blast doing it!

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