Wyatt Steps Out is a G-rated comedy short about a lonely wacky inflatable tube man who pines for a better job, a better life, and a chance at finding love.
One day Wyatt quits his job, sets out to chase his dreams, and the first order of business is finding a new career. He applies for a series of jobs–orchestra conductor, Japanese grill chef, brain surgeon, children’s face painter–but since none of those jobs are suitable for a wacky inflatable tube man, all end in hilarious disaster.
After Wyatt’s innocent mistake lands him on the wrong side of the law, he realizes that it’s okay to be really good at only one thing, and that he has more friends than he knew.
A few months ago I wrote a piece for TheFilmSchool blog about a day on the shoot of Wyatt Steps Out.
A lot has happened since then and we’re now in the post-production phase of this great adventure.FellowFilmSchoolalums from the amazing class of Summer 2010 Chris Wilson, the writer and producer, Amy Sedgwick, the director and producer, and me, Heather Pitre, also a producer, eagerly await our rough cut, which will be done in a few weeks. Our DP and editor, Brian Nunes, is working hard to put the footage together. It looks great. And we’re working hard to raise more money to have a professional composer do the soundtrack, and to put the finishing touches on this film. Chris recently attended Pitchfest, and there is interest in Wyatt as a TV show, and web series.
We were incredibly lucky with most of our shoot. We shot in multiple locations, all overSeattle, with many extras, and are very grateful to the businesses and people that donated their time and space to help us with this film. We inflated Wyatt and pulled him through alleys inPioneer Square, on decks of an Argosy Cruise Ship, across fields at The Valley School, on the stage of the Odd Duck Theater, and all over the floor of The Alibi Room. Thank you to all these amazing businesses who let us shoot for free! When we were looking for crew for the film, a few friends and knowledgeable filmmakers turned us down, saying this project would be a logistical nightmare. It wasn’t easy. But we did it anyway! We’ve come to love Wyatt, and we hope you will too.
Trips out of town, work schedules, illnesses, and a few other obstacles have made the production process take longer than we expected, but we are determined to finish this film, and get it on the big screen so you can enjoy it! We hope to do a screening later this summer and will keep you posted about that.
Making an independent film is hard. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve had a ton of fun. We still like each other. And we’ll be working together on other projects in the future. If you’d like to learn more about Wyatt, check out our facebook page.
If you’d like to make a donation to this great cause, you can do that here.
We look forward to Wyatt stepping out onto the big screen soon.