THE BEAR, film adaptation of Anton Chekhov's famous play

Our goal is raising money for filming of classic film adaptation of famous play "The Bear" by Anton Chekhov to be shot in Los Angeles.
Ernest Goodman
Los Angeles, California
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

My name is Ernest Goodman. I am a film and theater director. Studied at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco). Studied in All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK)My philosophy of directing by itself and first priority is directing actors (According Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, Judith Weston and other methods). I understand how truthful performance of actors makes movie memorable. I am working on the classic movie adaptation based on the Anton Chekhov play “Bear” to be shot in May of 2013 in Los Angeles.

I love to adapt classic stories. One of my adaptation movies was in the official selection of Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2012.

I am teaching the directing actors in his own studio in Los Angeles and San Francisco, according Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov methods.

That’s a western spin on a Russian classic! It is about 30 min length film where the story took place in 1920-30 in USA. Based on the play of Anton Chekhov “The Bear”. I portray classic Russian play with American characters. Romantic comedy story with duel, tears and love. It is inspired and based on the brilliant comedy play of the Anton Chekhov (Russian dramatist). The Bear play has been extremely popular more than 100 years in more than 60 countries. A am director and screenwriter in this project.
This is ultra-low budget project, it is SAG eligible. It will be sent to major festivals and will be distributed.

I have 3 web sites, please do not be confused:
1. Directing and acting studio -
2. Ernest Goodman director’s site
3. The Bear, movie

What We Need

We need budget for locations, costumes, equipment.
Estimate budget:
Budget of "The Bear" movie $ 5 days 6 days
1 Camera Package Red Scarlet   1000 1200
2 Costumes+Props   1200 1500
3 Lightings+Grips+Van   800 1000
4 AD+Producer   500 600
5 Sound   500 600
6 Location   3000 3600
7 Actors   1600 2000
8 Food+Craft   600 720
9 Line Producer + Wardrobe   500 600
10 Walkie Talkie    60 60
11 Production designer   500 600
11 Misc   1000 1000
12 Hardrives   300 300
13 Gaffer   500 600
      12060 14380

Make a history

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian dramatist and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. As a dramatist he wrote five classic plays. These plays made a revolution in the theater world. And they are still very popular throughout a world. Anton Chekhov’s short stories are held to be among the best short stories in the world. He wrote 201 short stories.

His plays were produced and directed by famous Konstantin Stanislavsky in the Moscow Art Theater. Konstantin Stanislavsky directed Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Sea Gull, The Bear and successfully premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These five works present a challenge to the acting, directing and the dramatic art by itself.

These plays are very popular more than 100 years in more than 60 countries. Many adaptations have been made for movies in different countries.

The Bears comedy derives from the characters’ lack of self-knowledge. The widow Popova fancies herself inconsolably bereaved, while Smirnov considers himself a misogynist. They are both stock examples of alazons: figures made ludicrous by pretending to be more than they actually are.

It had it’s first English language premiere in London in 1911. The United States premiere was in New York in 1915.

We are doing first English adaption of "The Bear " play in USA. By donating to our project you will help to bring it to a life.

The Story


  • Helen, a landowning widow
  • Greg, a middle-aged landowner
  • Luka, Helen’s aged footman
  • Sheriff.

Movie length: about 30-35 min. Language: English.

The Bear movie by Ernest Goodman

In the own mansion, Helen (30), good looking woman in black dress playing a piano. She is taking look to the pictures of her deceased husband in the drawing room of her mansion  the one year anniversary of her husband’s death. Since her husband died, Helen has locked herself in the house in mourning. Her footman, Luka(50-60) aged man, begins the play by begging Helen to stop mourning and step outside the estate. She ignores him, saying that she made a promise to her husband to remain forever faithful to his memory.

Their conversation is interrupted when Greg arrives and wishes to see the Helen.

The Bear by Ernest Goodman

Although Luka tells to Greg to leave, he ignores Luka’s requests and barges into the dining room. Helen agrees to meet with him and Greg explains to her that her late husband owes him a sum of $1,200. Because he is a landowner, Greg explains that he needs the sum paid to him on that same day to pay for the mortgage of a house due the next day. Helen explains that she has no money with her and that she will settle her husband’s debts when her steward arrives the day after tomorrow. Greg gets angered by her refusal to pay him back and mocks the supposed ‘mourning’ of her husband, saying:

Well, there! “A state of mind.”… “Husband died one year ago!” Must I pay the interest, or mustn’t I? I ask you: Must I pay, or must I not? Suppose your husband is dead, and you’ve got a state of mind, and nonsense of that sort…. And your steward’s gone away somewhere, devil take him, what do you want me to do? Do you think I can fly away from my creditors in a balloon, or what? Or do you expect me to go and run my head into a brick wall?

Greg decides that he will not leave the estate until his debts are paid off, even if that means waiting until the day after tomorrow. He and Helen get into another argument when he starts yelling at the footman to bring him water or food. The argument turns into a debate about true love according to the different genders. Greg argues that women are incapable of loving “anybody except a lapdog,” to which Helen argues that she wholeheartedly loved her husband although he cheated on her and disrespected her. The argument deteriorates into another shouting match about paying back the debt. During this argument Helen insults Greg by calling him a bear, amongst other names, saying, “You’re a boar! A grizzly! A bear!”

The Bear movie

Greg, being insulted, calls for a duel, not caring that Helen is a woman. Helen, in turn, enthusiastically agrees and goes off to get a pair of guns her husband owned.


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Who's Involved?

Ernest Goodman - Director/Screenwriter

Ernest Goodman

Ernest is a film director, cinematographer and artist who loves to adapt a classic novels and plays of famous playwrights and writers like Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wild and others.

Ernest directed two short films based on the short stories of Anton Chekhov "The Guest" and "Marriage in 10 15 years' time".

He is working now on several projects but mainly a new movie adaptation of the Anton Chekhov's play "The Bear" to be shot in Los Angeles in 2013.

Ernest is primarily focused on the techniques of directing actors according Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov and other methods.

Ernest is teaching the directing acting in his own studio in Los Angeles and San Francisco, according Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov methods.

Ernest is writing a book "The Art of Directing Actors" to be published 2014.


Jason Daks - Producer/Assistant Director

Jason is from Northridge, California. He studied Radio & Tv at San Francisco State University, where he hosted Hip Hop & Hummus at the campus radio station KSFS. Daks is working on several different projects, including a Jewish Hip Hop documentary, which he is both directing and producing, and features artist from the United States and Israel.

Lena Michaels - Producer/Line Producer

Lena Michaels

Lena Michaels is Producer and Line Producer. She found herself interested in the medium of film from her childhood. She has worked on more than 15 films. Thought-provoking, insightful and powerful movies such as "The Artist", "Gladiator" and "Lord of the Rings"  have always been her inspiration.

Jeannice Mustafa - Director of photography


Jeannice Mustafa was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. From a young age she was interested in films and the magic of filmmaking. In trying to fulfill her passion for the 7th art, she studied Literature and Cinema at the University of Puerto Rico and was involved in the production of short films and corporate events. She pursued her Masters Degree in Cinematography at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA and is now currently living in Los Angeles, CA, where she also works as a Camera Assistant, Digital Image Technician and Data Manager.

Katy Foley - Actress

Katy Foley

Katy is an extraordinary actress, playing leading female role of HELEN in the Bear movie. Katy Foley is an NYU Tisch Drama graduate and Second City alum who hails from Chicago's south-side. Recent credits include: the horror film Ditch where she stars alongside Emmy award winner Bill Oberst Jr., and Funny or Die's rap video POTUS featuring Cedric the Entertainer and Slash. Katy would like to thank Ernest for the opportunity to bring her favorite Chekhov play "The Bear" to (film) life.

Jeff Torres - Actor

Jeff Torres

Jeff Torres grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California where he started acting on stage in his last two years of high school. His core acting technique is founded in his theater training at UC, Riverside but he has since trained in Mexico City, Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie, and at the Ivana Chubbuck studio. He has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, commercials, web series, and was nominated for a Best Ensemble Ovation award in 2010. Currently he is a producer, and actor, for the upcoming second season of Redwood (, stars as Hook in the 3 part web series Pan (, is the romantic/awkward/awesome drummer in the indi feature film The Crumbles ( , and has a supporting role alongside Jamie Kennedy in the Hungover Games , a feature film due for release in the Fall.


Joseph Steven - Actor

Joseph Steven

Joseph Steven is an extraordinary actor. Joseph Steven will play the role of LUKA. He hails from Chicago and studied acting, advertising, and film at the University of Illinois, Urbana; and, Children's Theatre Workshop with Roman Tymchyshyn. His first performance was in Man of La Mancha. The Chicago International Film Festival awarded him an honorable mention for Afterthoughts, a film short. In Hollywood, his look and craft land him character actor and 'real guy' roles such as the quirky guy-next-door, detectives, butlers, chefs, stalkers, and other nut jobs.

In his 10 year Hollywood tenure, Joseph has appeared on the big, little, and web screens in: Star Trek (2009, with Eric Bana), Wanda at Large (with Wanda Sykes), The District (opposite Ernest Borgnine), Pirates 2 (as Greenbeard, with Orlando Bloom), award-winning La Première (with James Earl Jones) and The Last Days of Toussaint L'Ouverture (both, as Frenchmen [fluent]), K-Pax (with Kevin Spacey), Galaxy Quest (with Sigourney Weaver); plus indies Oblivious, The Fourth Horseman, Mariah Everyday Ordinarily, Anguish, Light Showers, Pawn, the web series Beverly Hills Salon, and most recently in Cup O' Joe premiering at The 168 Project Film Festival, The Confrontation, and Club Infinity, among others.

More cast and crew members will be annouced soon.

Thanks so much for any and all help! We couldn't do it without you!

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