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  • 1. 44 EMPIRE APRIL 2013 www.empiremagazine.comType to enter textWilliams admitsworking withpuppets is easierthan actors, ‘Muchless ego and youcan work themlonger hours!’IN CINEMAS...............................................................................................................................................................................................................FLUFFNot Just a bit ofFluff......................................................................................................RELEASED May 1stCERTIFICATE PGDIRECTOR Rufus WilliamsCAST Katie Wyman, RufusWilliams Terrisha Downton-SnoodCraig Winchcomb Robbie JudkinsRUNNING TIME 5 mins.PLOT When a boy, (RufusWilliams) cheats on his‘girlfriend’(Terrisha DowntownSnood) he seeks wisdom from thegreat Oracles (Craig and Robbie)with a surprising outcome...................................................................................a truly creative and meaningfulinsight into the trials of younglove.Terrisha Downton-Snood standsout as one of the up and comingpuppets on the scene at themoment. You may just havecaught her recent cameo on ’30Rock’, playing the part of JackDonaghy’s life coach which wasutterly hilarious. However, asgifted as she is at comedy herperformance in ‘Fluff’ isenchanting and does not rely onher comedic sensibility instead wesee an truly touchinginterpretation of Williams’ script,which anchors the film and givesit real heart without ever beingsentimental.Overall Puppets seem to bebreaking through and we arebeginning to see just what theycan do. Such films as ‘MuppetsChristmas Carol’ and PuppetMaster vs Demonic Toys havecompletely dispelled the myth thatpuppets can’t carry a film inHollywood.Williams has also turned a corner;his anchoring performance (whichhe has also produced) hasensured the films narrative neverflags.IF YOU ARE EXPECTING to see‘Crazy Love’, Part 2, then ‘Fluff’ isgoing to be a big disappointment.Williams has succeeded in throwing offthe Rom-Com slush and deliveredGood performances too fromCraig Winchcomb (playing Oracle1, The Chosen, and RobbieJudkins, The Oracles Apprentice,are both memorable as well asuplifting.Williams’ is well within his comfortzone, being no strangerto playing the almost the comicallooser. Such familiar elementsaside Williams’ is authentic.When I stopped by his offices lastweek I was lucky enough to meetwith him and surprised when hetold me that the film was inspiredby a true life episode, ‘I believethat being so intimately connectedto the story gave me a bettergrasp of my character.’I had to ask, is there any truth tothe gossip that Williams andDowntown are now an Item?Unfortunately the onlyresponse I got was a flash ofthose perfect teeth.VERDICT Katie Wyman’s role isshamefully underwritten(especially for an actress capableof carrying a franchise), but Fluffis a indie cut above your averageboy meets girl with a lovelyexperimental-chaos vibe.David Hughes★ ★ ★.......................................................................................................................
  • 2. A TECHNICAL PRECISION WOULD THAT WOULD“THE STORY UNFOLDS WITHMAKE DAVID LYNCH PROUD.”WANT THIS AS A QUOTE ON TOP OF THEMAIN BODY OF TEXT TO MIMIC THEHOUSE STYLE OF EMPIRE MAGAZINE:
  • 3. FluffFILMSOFTHEMONTHUnited Kingdom 2013Reviewed by Clyde SadianDirector: Rufus WilliamsNot just a bit of Fluff: Rufus Williams, Terrisha Downton-SnoodA truly creative and meaningful insight into thetrials of young love.Terrisha Downton-Snood stands out as one of theup and coming puppets on the scene at themoment. You may just have caught her recentcameo on ’30 Rock’, playing the part of JackDonaghy’s life coach which was utterly hilarious.However, as gifted as she is at comedy herperformance in ‘Fluff’ is enchanting and does notrely on her comedic sensibility instead we see antruly touching interpretation of Williams’ script,which anchors the film and gives it real heartwithout ever being sentimental.a truly creative and meaningful insight into thetrials of young love.Terrisha Downton-Snood stands out as one ofthe up and coming puppets on the scene at themoment. You may just have caught her recentcameo on ’30 Rock’, playing the part of JackDonaghy’s life coach which was utterlyhilarious. However, as gifted as she is atcomedy her performance in ‘Fluff’ is enchantingand does not rely on her comedic sensibilityinstead we see an truly touching interpretationof Williams’ script, which anchors the film andgives it real heart without ever beingMay 2013 l Sight&Sound l 93Credits and SynopsisProduced byAlison SterlingWritten bySebastian RiversDirector ofPhotographyAndirezejWojceichowskiFilm EditorJohnny RossAnnie SherbonneProduction editorJim BeamMusicChris HajianSound MixerzsqEric Thomas©First PositionFilms LLCProductionCompaniesA Bess KargmanProductionsupported byThe ManhattanMovementcastKatie Wyman,Rufus WilliamsTerrisha Snood.A truly creative and meaningful insightinto the trials of young love.Terrisha Downton-Snood stands out asone of the up and coming puppets on thescene at the moment. You may just havecaught her recent cameo on ’30 Rock’,playing the part of Jack Donaghy’s lifecoach which was utterly hilarious.However, as gifted as she is at comedyher performance in ‘Fluff’ is enchantingand does not rely on her comedicsensibility instead we see an trulytouching interpretation of Williams’ script,which anchors the film and gives it realheart without ever being sentimental.
  • 4. JUStNotAPieCeoffLuffLOOKING AT FONTS FOR THE POSTERAND HOW THEY EFFECT THE MESSAGEJUST MY LUCK SIGNALS SWEETNATURED/ FUNNY/ CUTE - FELT THISCOULD WORK FOR MY TITLE ‘FLUFF’AND POSSIBLY FOR THE MAGAZINEARTICLE?
  • 5. just piece fluffnot AMany rom com posters seem to use bold andumbolded century gothic (or similar) and someuse different colours for one or two words- Theeffect of this creates a humorous feel and tellsaudience the subject matter they are dealing with.for example: My Best Friend’s Girl bolds ‘best’and ‘girl’ to highlight the focus. The Ugly Truthseems to get it’s humour from the word ‘ugly’which is the only bolded word, almost as if it wasin brackets acting as an ‘aside’of
  • 6. FluflufffFFluffFluf fWorking with the title and trying to see which one seems to makeit more surprising and which one conveys the films mood themost effectively.
  • 7. The one word title is not a common convention for rom com titles. Inmy research one word titles seemed to be used for more serioussubject matter. However here are some. Colour conveys the contentstyle with baby pink being used for the poster, ‘killers’ is used as theantithesis of the actual word. This juxtaposition supports thehumour of the photograph and signals a light hearted film.