Working for a Promotion
Michael (Justin Andrew Davis) is a writer for Brimstone Magazine and when he gets a chance at a promotion, he sees this as a chance to prove that he is a good writer (and making more money is always a good thing). Michael’s boss, Bowers, (Timothy J. Cox) decides that he should make the promotion a competitive event with each candidate having to wrote a really good piece and then he will select which one he thinks as best. Beth (Ashley Kelley) is considered a shoo-in but Michael is determined. He loves his career and to write. Michael has an ally, Agatha, the office receptionist, (Leslie Lynn Meeker) and she really wants to see him win as much as he does. as Agatha, the receptionist and Michael’s ally in the competition. Foster Vernon directed this thirty minute film in which I see several themes— writing, producing articles, the mystery of Hell, working together and believing in oneself. Bowers would like to elevate the quality and the kind of stories in the magazine and therefore he holds the competition.
As soon as this is announced, Beth begins to size up her competition and works to get the right people to back her while Michael gets lucky via a chance meeting with Agatha and then getting to know Agatha’s friend Ricky (Steven Trolinger) who conveniently happens to be a demon. Ricky has reverence for nothing and no one and enjoys playing jokes on people. However, he wants to help Michael probably because he enjoys winning competitions and he cannot resist a challenge. Michael lacks confidence but with Ricky and Agatha on his side, he seems to be ok.
Now we might wonder how Agatha had to chance to meet a demon and then continue to be friendly with him. After all, it is not as if demons are easy to find. We learn that there was a time in her life that she was very lonely so she summoned a demon and Ricky appeared and has been with her ever since. He actually seems to like her almost as much as he enjoys playing trips on others. Ricky is also moved (thanks to Agatha) to help Michael in his quest by the very idea of a competition. It seems that he cannot resist a challenge of any type.
Michael sees a great story in Ricky but Ricky wanted nothing to do with it. Agatha sympathizes with Michael and convinces Ricky to let Michael interview him. Ricky enjoys being the subject of an article and now there is really only Beth for Michael to deal with. Michael is lucky that she is suffering from writer’s block until she decides that instead of working on a great article of her own that she will use her efforts to shoot down what Michael writes.
The best way I can describe how I feel about the film is simply to say that I had great fun watching it. All of us know that we do need a little fun in our lives every once in a while. I love the touch of the supernatural with the demon and the characters are well drawn. Everything is fine and I am putting that mildly. I understand that this is a student project and I certainly hope it received the “A+” that it deserves.