A short film with ties to Shoreline made its world debut at the Tribeca International Film Festival this past weekend. The cast and crew of the comedy short “Big Boy,” directed by Seattle area director Bryan Campbell, included Shoreline film and video instructor Tony Doupé and three Shoreline students. Doupé acted in the film, while the students worked in the art department.
The film was also almost entirely shot in a restroom on Shoreline’s campus, which represented a major challenge for the art department. Per an article in Washington Filmworks, the crew spent fifty hours transforming SCC’s bathroom into the “nightmare” restroom viewers see on screen.
The film represents the type of opportunity students studying at Shoreline have come to expect thanks to the college’s strong ties to the Shoreline Film Office. “To me, giving students the chance to work on this film is a home run,” said Doupé. “It represents the model we’ve always envisioned, which is to bring the film industry here around a nexus of education, training, working professionals and a city government that’s friendly to film.”
Doupé is an active member of the northwest film community, and his ties to the industry help pave the way for Shoreline students to meld education with professional experience by interning on professional local productions.
The premise of “Big Boy” surrounds 9-year-old Dustin, who’s never been allowed to use a public restroom on his own. In the film, his parents permit him to use a seemingly deserted highway rest stop by himself, but inside he encounters unforeseen dangers with hilarious results.