The Grey Matter
In the dead of night, Simon Peterson wakes up in an alleyway drenched in blood. He can’t recall how he got there or what happened to him, but oddly enough, he doesn’t seem to be in any pain. However, not all appears to be well with Simon. In the aftermath of this mysteriously gruesome incident, Simon manages to attract the attention of his beautiful and highly coveted coworker, Emily. Suddenly, Simon’s previously mundane existence has a fresh and exciting purpose ...but something is still rotting within him. Now, with the help of a sage mentoring maggot, acting as his foul mouthed Jiminey Cricket with an unknown agenda, Simon comedically stumbles through an absurd and macabre version of an office romance.
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Cast of Characters
A lonely office stiff who’s passing his prime, both physically and mentally.
He’s damaged from his most recent long termed relationship, which no longer seems that recent. He’s now a shadow of his former self; a social, funny, and fun loving guy. A tiny glimmer of that former self lies below the surface....but something has changed in Simon.
Cute in a girl next door way. She’s the big pretty fish in a little pond of ugly - where her office is concerned. She’s not cocky but she definitely knows she’s desired. Smart and quick witted, yet she often acts on impulse alone. She’s a bit quirky, the type of girl that will try anything once ...she’s Simon’s wild card.
He’s a bit of a lovable dick, as he provides the R-rated comic relief. He’s a cocksure fabulist who’s tales are as elaborate and raunchy as they are most likely phony. He’s seemingly Simon’s only friend and that friendship may be slightly weighted in Mitch’s favor. Their conversations are always dominated by Mitch. He’s the type of guy who puts you down way more than praises you, then he pats you on the back and laughs it off like he’s a stand up comic or some shit.
Brian the Maggot
A sarcastic yet sage advisor to Simon. He’s a foul mouthed Jiminy Cricket
with a unclear agenda. He has an odd raspy voice or urban accent
(Brooklyn, Baltimore, Cockney). He seems old, knowledgable, and
experienced, yet he often defaults to potty mouthed humor.
These days many genre films tend to be filled with tired, generic, and cliched plots and ideas. They often tend to feel repetitive and downright uninspired. This is a category of filmmaking that has a rich and highly creative history. One that provides endless possibilities for original, layered, and exciting ideas and stories. The McCoubrey Brothers are interested in making elevated, stylized, and fun cinematic genre films. Films that never sacrifice character at the expense of the genre. They want to make films that defy both convention and category. Films that redefine and reinvigorate their respective genre, not just adhere to the same old template that has been laid out before them. Throughout their music video and commercial career the brothers have always strived to create unique, stylistic, and visually engaging short form stories. They want to bring their years of skill honing and playful experimentation to the next level and create a film that grabs the attention of both the age old fans of the genre as well as the non-believers
NYC based sibling directors/cinematographer made up of one Pete and Luke respectively. People often ask if they are real brothers? They are, in fact, real brothers! Same mom. Same pops. ...and while Pete likes to fancy himself the more talented of the duo, Luke’s the guy who has the job of both the co-director & DP, so who's fancy now, Pete?
The brothers’ work ranges from high-profile television commercials, music videos, short films (like the one you're considering funding right now!), to an award winning television series for MTV. Additionally, Luke has shot numerous other director’s commercials, music videos, television shows, and short films - including a short for director Terry Gilliam
. Pete can only boast that he recently directed 2nd unit alongside Spike Jonze
for a Beastie Boys music video.
Some of the brothers’ commercial clients include: Apple, Rayban, Coca-Cola, Adidas,Electronic Arts, LG, McDonalds, Axe, Grey Goose, Bing, NFL, Tommy Hilfiger, and American Express.
Their film and commercial projects have taken them around the world, directing pieces in such diverse places as Japan, Spain, China, England, Hawaii, South Africa, Germany, Argentina and ...Kansas! In addition to their commercial work, Pete and Luke are currently in development on a feature film version of this big ass pitch you just read. If you give them enough money - hell, maybe they’ll just make that one instead.
Check out some of their work at these two convenient websites:
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