Philip drives for the family operated and financially struggling Bumble Bee Cab Company. Philip’s “girlfriend”, Allison has a promotional plan for them, but Mom, who works dispatch, is vehemently against it.

Filmed in 2011, Bummer is a short about Philip, a driver for the family operated and financially struggling Bumble Bee Cab Company, that gets carried away by the impulsive and ambitious ideas of a girl he likes into a series of unfortunate events that ultimately will leave him regretting his act of rebellion against his mother’s wishes on the company’s promoting strategies.

The shots are well done and really focus on everything around and including the main character and his surroundings, giving the audience a broader sense of the story’s evolution as it is happening. The photography is really crisp and wonderful, as it was filmed in Skowhegan in the state of Maine, and presents an interesting community of people that unite for a fun event.

One of the funniest things to me about this movie is that everything that looked expensive wasn’t. The real costs were hosting my crew and trying to put a production together in New England where there are not a lot of equipment options.

-Director, Mo Twine

The acting is great in this short, especially from Philip, the main character that portrays the averageguy-seeking-prettygirl’s-approval perfectly. It’s difficult to imagine them not actually being the characters in the movie, and this makes it all the more enjoyable. You understand the decisions he takes, and most probably agree that you would act the same way. You can relate to the situation he gets himself into because it is realistic; from the trying to impress a girl by pleasing her even if it means jeopardizing your means to provide for yourself and being completely aware of it, to displeasing your parent and the overwhelming sensation that takes over you when you dismiss their orders to follow your own. It felt like this last fact could have been stressed a little more, but overall, the viewer can understand this was an element of tension between mother and son and it was enough to grasp the intent behind it and to appreciate the irony of the turnout of the event.

The race track environment itself was very hectic and stressful to shoot in, but I honestly feel I have greater clarity amidst the madness.

-Director, Mo Twine

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