WINNER – 2011 CSU Media Arts Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2011 Temecula Valley International Film Festival
All’s fair in sibling war.
After finding his toy soldier mutilated, a young boy decides it’s time to retaliate. But soon, his plan is put to the test: Will he give his sister what she deserves, or come to her rescue?
Running time: 7:50
Directed by Stephen Crutchfield
Written by Stephen Crutchfield
Produced by Stephen Crutchfield, Melanie Crutchfield, Josh Krohn, and Jason Gnerre
The Soldier and the Doll on IMDB
Diego Savoia – Brother. Diego has appeared in numerous productions including DAYS OF OUR LIVES; commercials for Wisk Detergent, and Legoland; and the 3D promotional film THE SUPER DENTISTS. In 2011, Diego earned a C.A.R.E. award from the BizParentz Foundation.
Dawson Dean – Bully. Dawson began acting when he was 5 years old and appeared in 5 short films and 3 commercials before he was 7. In 2006, he landed the lead SAND CASTLE, a short that became a finalist for “MTV’s Best Film on Campus.” Dawson lives in San Diego and balances his love for acting with martial arts, learning the piano and his love of telling jokes.
About The Soldier and the Doll
Taking lead from popular cartoons, director Stephen Crutchfield used saturated colors, a lively mimicking score, and action (there is no dialog in the film) to tell the story of a young boy who retaliates against his sister after he finds one of his toy soldiers dressed in a pink dress and missing a leg. The film was inspired by events from Crutchfield’s childhood – specifically, when he and his childhood best friend would make his best friend’s sister cry by standing her Cabbage Patch Kids on their heads (thereby making the blood rush to their heads, increasing the chance of a hemorrhage – who knew that could happen to Cabbage Patch Kids?) Of course, such a torturous deed required payback, and thus began a cycle of retaliation. While THE SOLDIER AND THE DOLL does not have any head standing Cabbage Patch Kids, there are moments of sibling bullying, and of course, sibling love.
Writer/Director/Producer STEPHEN CRUTCHFIELD
Producer MELANIE CRUTCHFIELD
Prod. Mngr./Producer JASON GNERRE
1st AD/Producer JOSH KROHN
Director of Photography CHRISTINA CERVANTES
Production Designer CL WARD
Costume Designer SONIA ELIZABETH LERNER
Music by CHRIS TRUITT
Script Supervisor SHANNON VOLKENANT
Additional Photography JON SPEYERS
1st Assistant Camera BECKY FUGAL
2nd Assistant Camera ELIZABETH SPITSBERGEN
Jib Operator ERIC LINGLE
Lead Gaffer ANTHONY PANG
Gaffer JEFF GARDINER
Grip PHIL WILSON
Art Director ELIZABETH SWAFFIELD
Wardrobe PAGE STEINBAUER
Audio Mixer CHRIS TRUITT
Boom Operator JEFF NACHTIGAL
Editor STEPHEN CRUTCHFIELD
Camera PA CAZ WILLIAMSON
Audio PA LOLA CONNOLY