A careless mob foot soldier on his last leg is forced to kill and rob an old friend to save his own life and reputation.
“Baptism” is a dark comedy that proves that things could always be worse.
Pete Mulner has been working for a low-level
mob crew for the last 25 years. He's a worker bee, running money and goods between businesses. Pete had
earned his stripes within the crew when he began working in the 80’s, but he is
such a failure that he has slowly been demoted all the way down to the lowest
position possible. Even at entry level, Pete is so clumsy
that he is single handedly ruining their operation. They’re going to kill him;
his only saving grace is that Pete is an old friend of a traitor to their
organization. The friend is Devin Garrett, a man who stole ten thousand dollars from a transport truck that he used to work for. Pete must find the Devin, retrieve
the money, and kill him, or he himself will be faced with a mob execution.
“Baptism” is my Capstone film at the University of Central Florida. This film has three years in the making, and it is my fourth and final film at film school. I am putting all the time and effort I possess into this project. I have grown as a filmmaker, and my projects have progressively grown as well.
Below I have my three previous UCF directing efforts to give you an idea of my directing style and the budgetary limits of student filmmaking.
My Directing 1 project “Hang In There” follows two co-workers that have an argument regarding scheduling. Budget of $300
My Directing 2 project “Beef Jerky” follows an apathetic 9-1-1 phone operator who has been working for so many years that he’s forgotten the intimacy of the job. Budget of $600
My Directing 3 project “Lend A Hand” follows a college student who must deal with a police officer after flipping his car while driving drunk. Budget of $1000
My Capstone film will have a budget of $3000 dollars. About half of the entire budget will go towards the use and development of 35mm film.
Our Producers are Sean Osorio and Jared Ross King. They are extremely hard working and their blood, sweat and tears will be all drained by the end of this production
The Director of Photography is Cornelius O'Donoghue. I've worked with Neil on countless occasions and he's the most accountable and talented DP that I've come in contact with.
For Makeup we are working with Kelly Zak. She's an extremely talented makeup artist who's expertise will bring Pete's beaten and bruised face to reality.
Other crew positions that have been filled:
Editor: Frances Perry
2nd AC: Mike Collins
Grip and Gaff: Marcel Urena and Orlando Porro
Sound: Dillon Gantea
Production Manager: Lacie Ratliff
Seriously, it's been said before... every dollar counts. Every penny you give to this production is going straight to the screen. 3,000 dollars is our goal, but if we make $4,000 it will free us up for equipment rental to get exactly what we need (i.e. buying more rolls of film) If we make $5,000 we could secure recording studio time for our score. You guys are the X-factor in the production of Baptism, with your help this can become exactly the film it was intended to be.
Thanks for watching/reading!