About the film


About the film

Synopsis –

A ventriloquist’s puppet attempts to continue the act after his partner dies.

Film Genesis –

Retire for the Evening is a 10-minute live action short film that was written and directed by Ed Hellman, a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in Bob Giraldi’s MPS Live Action Short Film program. It was filmed over 4 days in New York in February, 2013.

Director’s Statement –

Retire for the Evening explores what happens to our creations – be they human or artistic – once we are gone. The idea for the screenplay came to me when I

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was applying to grad school. I got to thinking about the steps one takes on the path to adulthood, and how strange it felt to not have my parents prodding me along during the application process.

This time around, I was pretty much on my own. Having recently married and turned 30, I find it harder and harder to include the word “young” before “adult” when referring to myself. I decided to use my thesis project to explore the inevitable leap a child must take into manhood.

The puppeteer in the film is a product of his mother, while the puppet is a product of its creator. Both are reflections of someone’s hopes and desires, and both, at some point, are left to stand on their own.

For all the artists out there who dream of having their creations live on after they die, this movie is for you.

Production Co

 Flying Pygmalion Films

Exact Runtime

10 min : 09 sec


Date of Completion

May 2013

Country of Production


Country of Filming



Print Details

NTSC, Color, Stereo

Aspect Ratios

1.78 (16×9 VIDEO)

Film Sound


Shot on

Canon C300