At first glance, Stapler, the new comedy short from Connor Raithby, seems at odds with the whirlwind his filmmaking has been having of late.
“If staplers weren’t boring enough, imagine one that could talk…” says the tagline. But the talking is coming from Connor’s script via the much-accomplished vocal talents of Jason Anthony, so this is going to be anything but boring.
Jason has a knack for bringing the inanimate to life, with an outing as the famed talking Sorting Hat among his vocal excursions.
Stapler was filmed in Yeovil College (in their social care department for the hospital scenes) and Curry Rivel for the flat scenes. And Connor has been in communication with Jason in Hollywood. But that isn’t the only connection with Tinsel Town Connor is having at the moment. He was on the team of Oscar-nominated short Good Boy, written and directed by Tom Stuart, and starring Ben Whishaw and Marion Bailey.
He’s also worked on a feature film, a TV commercial and a Netflix series as a supporting artist. It all goes to build into his experience.
“Each new film I create, each new story I write, I find myself learning new techniques, angles, ways of expressing myself and my storytelling,” Connor tells D&CFilm.
In Stapler, the story follows John, who finds out he can talk to his stapler. It is currently in post production, soon being with the composer. And Connor is working with the sponsor and producers to organise its this premiere. This is his first film since graduating with a Diploma and Degree in Media.
“I raised some money, found a local sponsor for the project, and local actors and crew,” he says about putting the film together.
Stapler will then be released on YouTube and Amazon Video Direct, with the soundtrack being on Spotify and Apple Music.
“Through the pandemic, I used the home life to get into the auteur theory side of filmmaking and having different styles and genres,” says Connor. “I have been able to create a few short films, all different from the last. Some even winning up to 16 awards, worldwide.
“My inspiration has always been directing. People such as Nolan, Lucas, Spielberg, Cameron and Anderson have been a huge influence on my young career. Visually, I have always been a fan on Hoyte van Hoytema work as well as Sir Roger Deakins. Films such as Star Wars, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Dark Knight and Interstella have been a huge impact on my life as well.”
We won’t have to wait long to see how all these feed into the Stapler short, but at least we know it will be gripping.
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