SHUT UP, YOU! (2018)

Short Film

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A cable network writer gets an interview to get his script made into a television show, but the only thing stopping him is his imaginary friend.

External/Internal Conflict

Will Milton be able to pitch his teleplay to his boss without the distraction from Darwin? Can Milton accept Darwin for who he is as his imaginary friend?


Milton Schlesinger is a middle aged Jewish man, who is a writer for a cable network channel. Milton has been with the company for over 20 years. He is a hard worker but he never speaks up about all of his creative ideas. Milton is a shy man, never married, never really had a relationship. Milton keeps to himself because he is afraid of the consequences, the consequences of his adult imaginary friend, Darwin. Darwin has been with Milton since he was a kid. You can say their brothers. In fact, Milton thought they were brothers. Darwin’s skin color is not the only thing that gives it away, but Milton is an only child. As an adult, Milton has strayed from every person he has ever met because Darwin is always fighting with him. Milton is so embarrassed because he knows he is the only one to see him and he looks like a fool to be swinging and yelling into the air. Milton is working on a new pilot for the company; Darwin obviously takes all the credit. There is a big company meeting and Milton wants to present his idea of a possible new series. However, Milton is afraid of two things: 1) his nerves are going to get the best of him and 2) Darwin is going to mess things up as always.

"I Wish I Never Made You Up!"

* * * Review * * *

This is a light-hearted comedy between two best friends (even though one is inside the mind of the other). This fact though, makes for an exciting story. What could come of such a duo? They argue, they celebrate together, and they clearly love each other very much. Milton’s goal to have his show made is a great goal for him. It advances the plot to its ultimate resolution. Even the side plot of Milton getting a date is interesting and funny.

- BlueCat Screenplay Script Analysis


Directed by

Clint Horvath

Writing Credits

Clint Horvath

Cast (in credits order)

Ed Casas ... Milton Schlesinger
Lj Ugarte ... Darwin
Francis Allen ... Aaron Aronowitz
Victoria Garcia ... Office Worker
Joanna Heath ... Office Worker
Mireya Kilmon ... Office Worker
Daniel Mart ... Office Worker
Ruben Dominguez ... Spencer Jones
Laura Patino ... Francesca
Lenny Rabinowitz ... Commercial Narrator (voice)
Clint Horvath ... Waiter
Gail Byer ... Librarian
Marci Savitch ... Librarian
Kristi Ballew ... Library Goer
Jennifer Falcon ... Library Goer
Josh Hanson ... Library Goer
Sarah Hoopingarner ... Library Goer
Amelie Molina ... Library Goer
Sherry Perry ... Library Goer
Michael Wiseman ... Camera Man
Pearce Blair ... Leonard Lynch (archive footage)
Bruno ... Chihuahua
Diesel ... Pitbull

Produced by

Alma Dominguez
Clint Horvath
Lj Ugarte

Cinematography by

Sucre Reyes

Film Editing by

Victoria Garcia
Clint Horvath

Assistant Director

Evan Flores

Sound Department

Ross Apfel

Key Grip

Josh Hanson

Music by

Johnny Russo

Script Supervisor

Victoria Garcia

Production Assistant

Kg Greene
Michael Wiseman


Genre: Short, Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 1 April 2018 (USA)
Also Known As: How Do I Get This Made? Shut Up, You!
Filming Locations: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Runtime: 30 min

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