August 15th 2018 - Watch Online

Following a film festival run which saw 17 nominations and 8 wins, Magic Mouse is now available for public viewing. We hope you enjoy our short film, please share with your friends.

  • 1. College Television Awards Nominee for Best Comedy
  • 2. Suncoast Production Awards Winner Long Form and Graphics
  • 3. Telly Award Winner
  • 4. Maryland International Film Festival - Official Selection
  • 5. Malta Short Film Festival Winner - Most Original Concept
  • 6. Golden Knight Winner
  • 7. IndieFEST Winner Award of Merit
  • 8. Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival - Official Selection
  • 9. Central Florida Film Festival - Official Selection
  • 10. Flagler Film Festival - Winner Most Original Story, Official Selection
  • 11. Love Your Shorts 2018 - Official Selection
  • 12. Hollywood Florida 2018 - Official Selection
  • 13. Nomination at the Malta Art Awards - Best Production
  • 14. Nomination at the Malta Art Awards - Audience Choice Awards
  • 15. Nomination at the Malta Art Awards - Artist (Luke Zammit)
  • 16. Nomination at the Malta Art Awards - Junior Artist of the Year (Luke Zammit)
  • 17. Malta Youth Short Film Festival - Winner most original concept

May 24th 2017 - MEET LUKE ZAMMIT - WRITER/DIRECTOR

Luke Zammit - Writer/Director

What turned out better than you had envisioned when you first wrote the film?

I had a very clear vision from the start of what Magic Mouse was going to be. As each step of the filmmaking process was carried out, that vision was refined, so it is hard to tell if anything turned out better than I had originally envisioned since with each step the picture was clearer in my head than ever before. I knew we had a solid story and had cast the right actors. Once we assembled our awesome crew and secured the location, I was very hopeful that we would be able to make something great. Despite the usual filmmaking hiccups, I believe we were able to execute the vision originally imagined.

Do you think they'll be a Magic Mouse sequel or a feature film?

Definitely. Magic Mouse was written as a short film based on the concept of a magical computer mouse. The concept could very well be embedded in a full- length feature film and even a web/tv series. I believe there is a gap in the market for this kind of comedy...

What do you want your audience to ask and feel while and after watching Magic Mouse?

Of course, once the credits roll away I'd like to audience to think about what it would feel like to have a Magic Mouse in real life. I'm sure everyone will find something interesting to do with it. I just hope it will be for a good cause.

Keep up with Luke on social media:

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May 24th 2017 - MEET ANNIE BRAVO: PRODUCER

Annie Bravo - Producer

Talk to us about crowdfunding challenges you encountered while raising funds for the short

Thankfully, most of our production was well-planned leaving little space for mistakes. However, like any other group trying to raise money from friends, family, and even from strangers, we faced times where we did not think we were going to be able to meet our goal. We studied different successful fundraising campaigns on Indiegogo and mimicked what worked for them. The primary challenge for our group was to raise those smaller amounts to meet our goal.

It took a lot of insisting and trying to reach our family and friends one by one and connecting with them to get them to support our project. We also asked the people who were not able to donate to share our link on social media. I think people saw value in what we had to offer and we provided cool perks if they donated as well. That was a plus! Thanks to our insisting, constant reminders, and to some very generous friends and family, we were able to not only raise our total but exceed that amount. We raised 115% of our goal!

What are your film festival and marketing strategies for Magic Mouse?

Our strategy for entering Magic Mouse in film festivals was to enter the film in the most prestigious and popular festivals worldwide and then continue to submit it to well-known second tier and hometown festivals. Lastly by the end of our year-long festival run we are planning to submit to monthly and online festivals. Since the beginning, I spoke to our group of how important having an online presence was.

From the minute the Full Sail department gave us the green light, we launched our website and social media profiles. We’ve been posting valuable and great-quality content on there since then and our followers only continue to grow (You should follow us if you still haven’t done so).

How was working alongside Luke to make his vision of Magic Mouse a reality?

As a Director Luke had a very clear vision of what he wanted since the beginning which facilitated the process of planning and production for the film. This is an important quality in a director, if they know what they want it is easier to make that happen instead of figuring it out along the way. Luke and I work very well together as we like to do things in advance to be triple prepared for anything that may come our way. We rehearsed and by trial and error we discovered and rediscovered what worked well and what didn’t. During the entire process, there was constant communication, and we took all the decisions together along with Austin.

Keep up with Annie on social media:

@annietheproducer

@annietheproducer

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May 23rd 2017 - MEET AUSTIN BROWN: PRODUCER

Austin Brown - Producer

Did you encounter any location challenges for Magic Mouse?

When it came to Magic Mouse's filming location, we had multiple challenges. First we had to find an office space that would allow a crew of 50 plus students work in that office for 4 days in a row. We found a good location, but right before we were about to sign, the renters had to back out. A month out from production we had to find a new location. We ended up going through another company to find a new office space that was over 10,000 square feet and completely empty.

We finally had an office space, but the next challenge was to fill it and make it look as reel as possibly with the budget we had. I went through a company called Common Sense Furniture, after a couple of meetings, we were able to get all of the furniture in our office donated. After that we left it up to our production designer who did an amazing job.

What was pre-production like for a Producer?

Pre-production was the longest, yet shortest month during my time working on Magic Mouse. There were so many things that had to be done in the time that we had. We had call backs for our actors, pre-production meetings, pre-shoots, and much more.

My main goals during pre-production were to keep a relationship with our location, make sure everything was getting into our office space properly, we got every last minute thing we need, we had food for every event, and that everything we were doing was staying under budget.

Any major production difficulty you remember?

Once we got to production everything started to slow down just a little. The one thing I had to make sure of was keeping the property managers happy. We had a crew of 60 plus, including actors. There were other businesses going on so we had to make sure that we respected them throughout our days and also cause no damage to the property its self.

May 21st 2017 - MEET MAYAR NOURI: CINEMATOGRAPHER

Mayar Nouri - Cinematographer

Did you experience any lighting challenges you had to overcome before and while filming Magic Mouse?

I encountered a couple of challenges while lighting this film. An example would be the "neon" look that the house light had. We were limited on the power that we could use and limited with how much we can fit into that cramped office space. However, the gaffer and the entire lighting team were great, we had to go into each and every fixture of light and add filters to adjust the temperature of the room to a more eye-pleasing color.

Did you encounter any camera issues while filming?

I didn't encounter any big camera problems during the shoot. Aside from it being very heavy and our director Luke wanted a few handheld takes. I was up for it and it turned out wonderful.

Did the location make your job easier or harder?

The location we shot in had its benefits and had its down sides. It worked great for Luke and his vision and that is what was most important for me. The downside however, was being limited with what light we could and couldn’t use within the space. It took some fine tuning of each lighting set up and now it looks great!

May 18th 2017 - MEET TEKISHA SHERRY: PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Tekisha Sherry – Production Designer

What were the key production design challenges for Magic Mouse?

The set was roughly 1,200 sq. ft., which required a lot of set dressing since it was also a 360-degree set. This was also more challenging as our four cubicles were facing towards the centerand can fully be seen.

Some of the camera angles made it a bit of a challenge in the space. As a result, the set became a very physical environment for the art department. In order to get up close to our characters, we had to remove and replace cubicle walls multiple times throughout filming. This blossomed a challenge with continuity as we had to remove most items from the desk before we could remove the walls, having to reset them as well.

Can you explain your decisions while decorating each character's desk in the film?

When designing the desks, I explored the personalities of each character and their backstory. Tim still aims to do his job to the best of his abilities, even though he doesn't enjoy it. He has a rigidity vibe to him which we mirrored on the clean and organized desk. Further, he's more of a private person so he doesn't share many personal things when decorating. He has some pictures of friends and traveling, as well as a few comics that he and Danny found especially funny.

Danny is opposite to Tim in many ways. For instance, he does his work but tends to get distracted fairly easy. With a humorous and carefree spirit, Danny has several comics, and funny motivational posters hung all around his cubicle. His desk is an "organized chaos" that's filled with odds and ends, candy wrappers, energy drinks, and folders galore.

As for the two desks seen in the background, my Art Director (Hope Burns) and Props Master (Ashlee Dima) came up with basic backstories for them. One is a mother who has her desk decorated with drawings created by her children and a picture of the family cat. The other is a man who has a passion for traveling and family which shows in his photos lining his wall.

Did the different visual effects affect your role as Production Designer in any way for this short?

Yes! This was a great opportunity to learn more about how these specific visual effects were done. There were a lot more technical aspects that came into play when we chose certain electronics than typical. For the computers, we used a mixture of mirroring an off-screen laptop and green screen, so we had to be very specific in the quality of the monitors we used for a more seamless transition in post. It also changed how the placement of certain props and set pieces were placed on Tim's desk for the effect to work best with the space.

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May 13th 2017 - MEET ALEJANDRO FIGARELLA OSORIO: EDITOR

Alejandro Figarella Osorio – Editor

Did you encounter any mishaps or hardships while editing Magic Mouse?

Magic Mouse was a well-planned project from beginning to end, which means that at the moment of editing I had essentially all that I needed to put together a great film. Of course, there were certain limitations during production that led to dropping some shots off the shot list. This somewhat limited my options at the beginning, but both me and the director Luke Zammit took this as a challenge to look for creative solutions, and I believe it all helped to create a great film.

What was the workflow like with the visual effects in the film?

Me and Luke Zammit worked together in discussing and choosing the right shots for each scene of the film. Once we agreed upon them on the rough cut, both Luke and Arián Benítez took charge of the VFX while I focused on fine-tuning the edit. Once the VFX editors were ready, I would take the footage from them and substitute the previous shots with the new ones with the visual effects added.

Afterward, it was a matter of exporting and sitting down with Luke to do a quality control and double and triple check that everything was in order.

Was there a significant difference from the draft to the final cut of the film?

Certain shots needed to be switched so that the scene could make more sense. Through the process of fine-tuning the edit the pace considerably improved in the Final Cut when compared with the first cut. If I remember correctly, we ended up making the film run 2 minutes shorter.

Keep up with Alejandro on social media:

@Alejandrofigarellaosorio

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@Alefig27

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May 9th 2017 - MEET JON-JOSEPH NEPAUL: COMPOSER

Jon Joseph Nepaul – Composer

What was the plan regarding the music for Magic Mouse?

I think comedies are one of the hardest genres to score. The main reason is that there’s a thin line between cheesy “Mickey-Moussing” and getting the appropriate hit points in.  With this in mind, spotting is very important. Essentially, this is where the composer goes through the film with the Director and Producer and chooses spots where the music is needed and where it should stop. After the spotting process is finalized, I discussed with Annie, Austin, and Luke, what type of music they had in mind and where we can take it. The main idea was to keep the music light. We know that the antagonist of the story is somewhat of a Cruella De Vil type, so to keep it light, the music had to be very sensitive to that fact. Simply put, the plan was to make the music fun.

How does the music progress over the course of the film?

When I saw the film for the first time, I was very curious about what was going to happen next. I think that’s the real beauty of this story. The struggle between management and employees is so familiar to us, but yet, in this film, we have no idea what’s going to happen next. I think the music is the same way. For example, the plucking of the strings section (Pizzicato) in the first 2 minutes of the film gives the sense that something awkward or hilarious is about to happen, but then suddenly at about 2 minutes and 15 seconds in, the strings started to bow a soft and beautiful line in unison; and then comes the piano and harp. This quickly changed the entire mood. Now instead of anticipating an uncomfortable and laughable moment, we start to have a more intimate relationship with Tim. Put on some headphones and watch the film, take note at about 2min and 15sec in and see how your emotion changes in a split second. Then, keep watching until about 3min and 20sec and see how you go right back to that light-heartedness feeling.

What are the basic instruments used for the composition?

Most of my compositions encompass elements of an orchestra. But In this film specifically, I started off with a drum set, and my keyboard and came up with a light rock theme. I also had one of my good friends, Pedro Zimmer, to lay down some guitars on the track. Then I transitioned into the comedy with a woodwind section, strings section, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone along with my keyboard and synthesizers. The instrument choice was solely as a result of watching the film and deciding what was appropriate to evoke the mood that Luke and the team was trying to go for. I believe that the instrument choice and arrangement is just as important, as the composition itself.

Keep up with Jon-Joseph on social media:

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April 23rd 2017 - MEET MICHAEL C. ANDERSON JR: CASTING DIRECTOR

Michael C. Anderson Jr. – Casting Director

At which point did you become involved in this project and what was your experience?

I joined the Magic Mouse team when I was approached by the MM Producers about serving as the team's Casting Director. I was surprised and a bit flattered. The experience with the MM team was pretty nice. Respect and collaboration were strengths within the team and I believe this served a major role in getting Magic Mouse to where it is now.

How was the casting process for Magic Mouse and how did you come about making suggestions to the director?

The casting process for Magic Mouse was pretty interesting. We had a multitude of extremely talented individuals audition for the four roles within the short film. Working with Luke Zammit, the director of Magic Mouse, was a very positive experience. Zammit was very open to my suggestions and casting was truly a collaborative task. I would not mind working with Mr. Zammit again!

Did you encounter any surprises during casting?

One surprise during casting that stood out to me dealt with the boss character. The boss was originally written as a male character. We were a bit surprised when Janice Fisher came in to audition, but her performance blew us away. This was definitely a casting surprise worth mentioning!

Keep up with Mike on social media:

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linkedin.com/in/michaelcandersonjr/

April 2nd 2017 - MAGIC MOUSE NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY IN THE 38TH COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS

Magic Mouse short film, a comedy about two guys that receive a magic computer mouse in the mail and use it to overcome their cranky boss, has been nominated for a College Television Award or “Student Emmy” for Best Comedy.

The nominees were announced Thursday, March 23 at 9:00 AM PDT. The day before, the Television Academy Foundation gave their social media audience a sneak peek of two award categories “Best Comedy” and “Best Drama.” In the video, Hunter March from Awesomeness TV announced that Magic Mouse from producers Annie Bravo and Austin Brown was selected.

Magic Mouse’s writer/director, Luke Zammit, will be flying to Los Angeles from his hometown in Malta for the ceremony. “I'm happy to be representing Malta for the first time in a student Emmy Nomination,” mentions Luke.

According to the Emmy’s website, the College Television Awards are “designed to emulate the Emmy judging process” where entries are reviewed by active Television Academy members. “All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition and winners are announced at the College Television Awards Gala.”

This year’s events will take place in May, and there will be a Television Summit for the nominees. Following the summit, the Awards Gala which will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in Los Angeles, California, hosted by “black-ish” star, Anthony Anderson.

Magic Mouse producers Annie Bravo and Austin Brown will also be in attendance.

Austin: “We’re very excited and thankful to our cast and crew, and everyone who contributed to the making of our film.”

Annie: “We feel so honored by this nomination from the prestigious Television Academy. It’s so rewarding to see that hard work and dedication do pay off.”

Stay tuned for more news about this short film on magicmousefilm.com and on social media:

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December 9th 2016 - Magic Mouse holds a private screening at the Enzian Theater

Orlando, FL – Friday, December 9 2016 – Magic Mouse, a short comedy with an extraordinary twist, will hold its first invite-only screening on December 15, at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida at 3:00 p.m.

The 10-minute film is about two office employees who have been repeatedly put down by their evil boss. One day, they receive a magic computer mouse in the mail which turns out to be the ingredient they needed to stand up to her once and for all.

Magic Mouse was written by Luke Zammit and produced by Annie Bravo and Austin Brown. The pre-production phase took four months of preparation for a four-day shoot. The more than 60 members of the crew are part of the Film Production Masters and Film Bachelors at Full Sail University. “It was an amazing experience putting together this project and working alongside these talented filmmakers, we are very happy with the result,” mentions Austin Brown, producer.

The talented cast members are local to Orlando and the protagonist, played by Charlie Prince, has recently been cast in the Netflix Original series “Bloodline.”

Currently, Magic Mouse has been submitted to international and Academy-Award qualifying film festivals all over the globe and it is ready to start its festival run in 2017. “I am excited for the world to experience the magic of our film,” stated Annie Bravo, producer of Magic Mouse.

For Luke Zammit, the film’s director, Magic Mouse “is the story of the underdog who comes out from the bottom to stand up to those who are mistreating him.” What would you do with a Magic Mouse?

Contact: Annie Bravo

September 28th 2016 - Post Production

Three monitors, paperwork, notes, more paperwork, dark rooms.. feels like Post Production. Hi everyone, Luke here. We have now moved into the post production stage of Magic Mouse. The large team has now scaled down to fewer still talented individuals all following the original goal of telling a great story.

This stage will consume the next two months and our plan to complete to work on Magic Mouse by the start of December. There are a number of departments which are now hard at work on the film. We’ve enlisted the help of Mr. Alejandro Figarella as a co-editor, whom, together with myself will complete the edit of the film.

We also have a visual effects team who under my direction will start work on the numerous visual effects shots in the film. The sound team will also come into play very soon, together with the composer, Mr. Steve Psaila who has been working on the project from the pre-production stage. Colorists will make full use of Full Sail’s facilities to establish the final look of the film.

We are getting closer to the finish line, however not quite there yet. I am eager for the day we get to show Magic Mouse to all our friends and family and audiences around the world.

September 5th 2016 - We're 7 days away!

Hey everyone, Luke here. We are just seven days away from the start of our production. All crew members are now in full swing with the last preparations for Magic Mouse. The location is being fitted with last minute art details, rehearsals are on-going, camera tests and light rigging are also underway. Six months ago, I pitched the story of Magic Mouse to our class before writing the script, after some feedback I wrote the first draft. The story has evolved and come a long way since that first draft. I am very confident in the place it is now as we moving into the production stage of the short film.

I sat down and watched the rehearsal of my very first pitch video for the story, along the way you might forget why you took certain decisions, its was a good refresher and the spark inside me to tell this story has never been brighter.

All the preparation work we have been doing, and the plan A’s, B’s and C’s for whatever the weather throws at us during those four production days are ready. Now it’s time to execute. For now, this is Luke signing off - see you at the shoot! See you on Monday, big guy!

August 18th 2016 - Visual Effects

There is less than a month left for principal photography for Magic Mouse. We are happy to have such a talented cast and crew working on the film.

Magic Mouse includes several visual and special effects shots which make this film so unique. Here is a sample of our director’s (Luke Zammit) work in Visual FX throughout the years.

VFX Reel 2016 from Luke Zammit on Vimeo.

August 15th 2016 - Casting

We are happy to announce our talented cast for Magic Mouse. Get to know them:

Charlie Prince as Tim. Charlie Prince was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the oldest of three siblings and the only boy. Charlie had been fascinated by performing arts at a very early age. After dabbling in other art forms like drawing and dancing, he decided to make acting a career. At the age of eighteen, he moved to Florida to study Performing Arts. Charlie attended Daytona State College where he focused on theatre.

While attending the school, he performed in several college productions such as Macbeth and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. After his theatre training, he began studying Film and TV at Art's Sake Studios. He's been featured in several commercials as well as Student Films and Independent Films. Charlie is currently studying Improv at SAK University. Charlie has found inspiration and courage in these three quotes: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" by Seneca; "Leap, and the net will appear" by John Burroughs; and "If you never try, you"ll never know what you're capable of" by John Barrow.

Roger Greco as Danny. Originally from New Jersey, and after spending time in Baltimore, Roger began acting in Orlando and joined the city's vibrant theater scene. Some of his favorite stage roles include his performances as James Tyrone, Jr. in "Long Days Journey into Night," Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and Brick Pollitt in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." After taking an 8 year break from acting, and missing it, he discovered the talented students at Full Sail University and a new media in which to perform--film.

Janice Fisher as The Boss. Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, I always had the desire to travel and see the world. My Mom put me in dance classes at a very young age and a performer was born. I competed in gymnastics and dance until I unfortunately broke my neck at age14, however I would not allow this to deter my energetic and competitive nature. I began beauty pageants and modeling shortly thereafter and at 18 was scouted to model in Europe. At first, I was sent to build a portfolio in Athens, Greece and it was there that I caught the acting bug appearing in well over 50 TV commercials. Next stop was Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, Osaka, Taipei, Australia, Montreal, Toronto and several large markets (13+) across the United States.

I fell in love, had (2) incredible children and moved back to Ohio to raise them. I continued to model in the Midwest but always had the desire to pursue acting further. My family and I moved to Orlando (3) years ago and a year later I started acting classes. The past 2 years I’ve been very fortunate to work on over 40 short films, features and TV commercials.

In addition to acting, modeling and my family, I play competitive tennis. I’m ranked as a 4.0 and I am currently on 12 teams throughout the Orlando area. I believe that passion, hard work and dedication are the foundation for success.

We can’t wait to make this film!

July 30th 2016 - Website launched

We are happy to announce the official launch of the website for our short film Magic Mouse. This is a great portal to stay informed about our production. We are currently in pre-production for the project and will be moving into production in the month of September. Following this, we have another two months of post-production before we are about to share Magic Mouse with you.

But don’t worry, if you are reading this you are in the right place. We will be sharing interesting news and updates from the production. Be sure to check back with us at magicmousefilm.com to get the inside scoop on our cast, crew, filming, post-production and more!