FRUIT OF THE DOGS?....No, why what's that?!!!

FRUIT OF THE DOGS Project Description

Short film about an artist who makes sculptures from dog feces and compromises his ideals for money

Fruit of the Dogs is a short film that describes the melancholic metamorphosis that occurs when compromising ones ideals in order to make a living. Set against the back drop of the contemporary art market, Fruit follows a documentary-in-the-making about Lance Arneson, a fledgeling artist who makes sculptures exclusively out of fresh dog feces, created on site on the sidewalks and parks of Los Angeles. Within this short film, we will employ man-on-the-street photography, interior photography, and archival footage. With-in the film is the rare device of the dual- mockumentary in which the two aesthetic POV’s over-lap; one mockumentary hijacking the other.

The crux of the drama is in the two dog-feces artists vying for the attention of a greedy art dealer. The two artists share a history of collaboration, which parallels reality in that our main actors also share an estranged creative relationship. In Fruit we have archival footage of transgressive performance art by our lead actors. This lends an additional layer to the multi-media POV strategy to Fruit. We will use the archival footage to build backstory, and also reproduce the aesthetic of the other medium to shoot scenes that continue where the archives end.

Fruit of the Dogs is the 4th short film from Beyond Hope. Our inception was with the film Mindglow, about two slackers who, when one is impregnated with an alien fetus, become prey to an intergalactic INS agent. The narrative pushes and pulls between interior cerebral-hiatus’ and the a dramatic action of the outside world. Beyond Hope is an unique group in that we use narrative as a motor to create objects, environment and situations.

In ruminating on the theme of Fruit of the Dogs- “compromising ones ideals to make a living”- a bitter feeling trickles off the tongue. It is not my intention to make a film that resonates bitterness, but rather one which finds comedy in the universal existential pitfalls of the time in life when one takes stock of who they are versus what they project, acknowledge their skill set, and translate that into survival. If told well this story could be humbling, relatable, and funny; it could see past the smoke screen of ego manufactured by an earlier version of ourselves.