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Monster SlayerDirected by Caskey

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Monster Slayer

About the short

Every morning, Ben is visited by a motley crew of imaginary playmates, products of his psychiatric disorder. Embodiments of the best and worst in Ben, these hallucinations both bring him comfort and create chaos. This forces Ben to make a difficult choice: continue to live in his fantasy world, or confront reality, by taking a pill that will destroy his imaginary world.


About the director

Caskey has shot national and international commercial spots for the likes of Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and The Energy Conservation Board. Caskey served as writer, creator and executive producer at Bob & Weave Entertainment, where she created original content for television, film, web, and interactive TV, including projects for Comedy Central and the FX Channel, among others. Currently Caskey is writing, directing and producing a documentary film for Levi's about the life and struggle of L.A.'s notorious graffiti artist TemptOne. The film is slated to be premiered at the "Art of the Streets," show at MOCA in July 2011, curated by Jeffery Deitch.

Director Statement

Ben's story is near and dear to my heart. I believe that his struggle is a universal conversation. Everybody can relate to the idea of having reoccurring characters pop up in our lives. Many of us have hidden demons that somehow comfort us, yet hold us back from experiencing happiness. Ben personifies this human struggle. What makes me admire him is that he has the strength to look himself in the mirror and take responsibility, for himself and his actions, for each new day. Ben is the brave one. Ben is the hero. I for one can't wait to see this character unfold. It is important to me that our character has the inner fortitude and desire to carry on despite the cycle that his life has become. My notion is that if Ben can, so can we.

Thank you USA for allowing me to ask provocative questions, and to explore this character in a meaningful way. I hope that great discussions and progress in empathy will come from making this story!

Cast Bios

Timm Sharp

Timm Sharp After graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Timm Sharp kicked off an acting career that has included theater, television, and film roles. Notable film appearances include roles in Friends with Money with Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand, Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni, and Stark Raving Mad, co-starring Seann William Scott. Sharp appeared in a recurring role on HBO's Six Feet Under, and in leading roles on the comedy series Undeclared and 'Til Death. He is currently shooting HBO's upcoming Mike White series Enlightenment with Laura Dern and Luke Wilson.

Alicia Goranson

Alicia Goranson Following her debut as oldest daughter Becky Conner on the classic sitcom Roseanne, Alicia Goranson appeared onscreen in a range of films, including How To Make An American Quilt, Boys Don't Cry, and The Extra Man, starring Kevin Kline and John C. Reilly. Goranson has made guest appearances on television series such as Fringe, Law and Order: SVU, and Sex and the City, and has also built an impressive theatrical resume, performing on stage in numerous New York and regional productions, including Love, Loss and What I Wore at New York's Westside Theater and The Poor Itch at The Public, among many others.

Merit Leighton

Merit Leighton Merit Leighton is an eight-year-old actress with a long list of print and commercial credits to her name. She has appeared in national spots for Target, Kmart, Microsoft, and Yoplait, among others, and in the web series ZImm the Series. She has also appeared in the short films Specifically, Male Idiot and The Unopened Basket, and is featured in the upcoming independent feature Grooming Giselle. For three consecutive years Leighton has been honored with the C.A.R.E. (Child Actor Recognition Event) Award.

Film Credits

Written & Directed By Caskey Ebeling

USA Network Presents

An RSA Films Production

In Assocation with The Ebeling Group

Produced By Jules Daly
Tom Dunlap

Executive Producers Mick Ebeling
Tomer DeVito

Co-Producers Martha Smith
Sean Blair

Associate Producer Jonny Edwards

Production Supervisor Jake Brown

1st AD Alex Korp

2nd AD Ronn Burner

DP Matthias Koenigswieser

1st AC Ian Barbella

DIT Kelsey Risdln

Key Grip Julian Janigo

Best Boy Grip Frank Nevarez

Gaffer Alex Gaynor

Production Designer Chris Schmitt

Prop Master Brandon Parker

Costumer Susan Chan

Location Scout Trace Ebeling

Make-up & Hair Dept Head Zoe Franklin

Office PA Matt Cooper

PA Mike Love

Sound Dept. Saravoot Kaitkalang

Studio Teacher Alicia Kalvin

Casting Director Monika Mikkelsen

Storyboard Artist Jarid Boyce

Role of Ben Timm Sharp

Role of Sue Alicia Goranson

Role of Bea Merit Leighton

Role of Daisy Merill Davis

Counter Girl Rachel Wittman

Editorial Union Editorial
Editor: Nicholas Wayman-Harris
Assistant Editors: Brian Leong & Josh Hayes
Executive Producer: Michael Raimondi

Color Correction provided by New Hat Beau Leon

Animation By Buddy System Studios

Animation Directors - Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV
Producer - Nakia Trower Shuman
VFX Producer - Eric Towner
Director of Photography - John Harvatine IV

Character Designer - John Sumner
Director of Operations - Mario De Jesus
Animation Supervisor - Ethan Marak
Animator - Cameron Baity
Animator - Elizabeth Harvatine
Puppet Fabricator - Mike Murnane
Puppet Fabricator - Lauren Horoszewski
Compositor - Andy Windak
Production Assistant - Sofia Iffla
Puppet Intern - Melissa Bloom

Music UNKLE: James Lavelle
Q Department: Drazen Bosnjak

Sound Design Q Department: Jacqueline Bosnjak, Zack Rice, Kelly Fulton

Mix by POP Sound Peter Rincon: Rerecording Mixer
Stephen Selvaggio: Audio Assistant
Susie Boyajan: Executive Producer

Special Thanks USA Network
Chris McCumber
Alexandra Shapiro
Jason Holzman
Jon Cotton
Nate Schreiber
Tom Dunlap
Ava and Sue on Santa Clara
The Brick House
Gotta Have it Vintage Clothing
Su Casa Suites
Piccolo
James Lavelle
Svana Gisla
Melody Sylvester
Ken and Olivia Caskey
Berta, Rosario and Ananda
and to our little monsters Angus, BoJameson and Trace Ebeling

© 2011 RSA Films, Inc. and Caskey Ebeling. All Rights Reserved.

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