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(A Fool's Paradise)

"Le Paradis De l’Imbécile" was a thesis film submitted to the faculty of the Film and Television Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.


The film took 10 days to shoot during the month of October in 2007, and was produced with an actual budget of about $7,000.  The entire film was shot on location in Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island, Georgia, using the Panasonic HVX200 DVCProHD camera.


The film was a collaborative production comprised of a number of faculty and an outstanding group of young filmmakers from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


The production symbolizes the ultimate step in the education of three individuals from SCAD.  William O. Butler IV (picture editor), Patrick T. Griffin (director and co-writer) and Matthew Smith (director of photography and co-writer) worked together to finalize their educational pursuits in Savannah.  Professors Michael J. Chaney, Paul “Bear” Brown, B.J. Sears, Chris Auer, Michael Nolin, Gokhan Ozaysin, and Ken Daniel served as supervising faculty members and oversaw the making of this film from concept to final cut.


"Le Paradis De l’Imbécile" is a short film running just under 14 minutes that combines hard work, a talented cast and crew, months of research and writing, and uses multiple genre conventions to tell the story of Joe and his vivid imagination.

Le Paradis De l’Imbécile on IMDB


- 2009 -

Best Comedy - Griffon International Film Festival

Best Student Film - Hardacre Film & Cinema Festival

Student Film - Macon Film & Video Festival

Short Drama - Twin Rivers Media Festival

Gold Coast Award - Hollywood East Film Festival

Comedy - Very Short Movies Festival

Student Film - River's Edge International Film Festival

Thesis Film - ReelHeART International Film Festival


- 2009 -

Alexandria Film Festival

Charlotte Film Festival

East Carolina Film Festival

Real to Reel Film Festival

Sarasota Fringe Film Festival

Tupelo Film Festival

Fear No Film Festival

Muskegon Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival

Washougal International Film Festival

Ivy Film Festival

Carolina Film & Video Festival

Indie Spirit Film Festival

West Chester Film Festival

Detroit Independent Film Festival

- 2010 -

Beloit Film Festival

Dam Short Film Festival

Reynolda Film Festival

River Bend Film Festival


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