Terrence – Short Film
The story of the project
Terrence is a bull. The ultimate party animal. It’s Janine’s birthday and Terrence is in love with her but she’s about to be engaged to his best friend, Stu. When Janine seduces Terrence, he and Stu must choose between the woman they love, or their own best friend.
Our film is a student film, and one that we’ve been working on for the past year. From pre-production to post, we’ve worked hard to create a short that we believe is funny, refreshing and exciting.
If you want to see a bull on two legs partying, roaring, drinking and arm-wrestling, look no further.
From the director, Hunter Tait: “Terrence started with a sketch. A disgruntled bull delivering a longwinded sermon on one’s inner demons, burying them, and their eventual return. This was coupled with a caption that read, “Terrence was no fun until he was turned into a 24-pack of party pies.” Essentially the tale of an anthropomorphic bull that was great company, but only when he was minced up. A friend pointed out that Terrence would make a good short film character and away we went.
While the story has changed markedly since then, I think humanity’s penchant for humanising animals remained gleefully intact throughout the process of makingTerrence. What I enjoyed was taking human expectations and social norms and jamming them down the throat of an animal. You can see how society loves this as well. In our TV shows, in advertising and in terms like “spirit animal”, everywhere you turn an anthropomorphic beast greets you.”
How the funds will be used
Director – Hunter Tait (right)
Hunter is a recent graduate of the Griffith University Film School in Brisbane andTerrence is his first short film. He started filmmaking from a young age, filming Steve Irwin-esque wildlife documentaries in his backyard with the help of his little brother. Always a lover of storytelling, Hunter began post-school life in a journalism degree, before changing to film. He counts the Coen Brothers and Wes Anderson as his favourite filmmakers and, in the future, aims to create pieces that both amuse and confront audiences.
He currently works as a freelance photographic assistant and filmmaker, specialising in shooting and editing material for corporate purposes, all with the intent of eventually becoming a feature film director.
Producer – Tom Herbert (left)
Since starting at Griffith Film School in 2013, Tom’s interests have been heavily production based. His major focus is on producing, directing and production design. He has directed two shorts, The Eleventh Day and Live In Five and has production designed several music videos for alternative Brisbane musician, These Guy.
As a producer, Tom likes to be heavily involved in the creative process, making sure that production value is being increased wherever possible. His producing credits range from documentaries, music videos and short film. Tom hopes to travel the world to immerse in foreign filmmaking before starting his own production company.