Point and Shoot

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Genre: Comedy, Action
Broadcast: 15/2/2018
Producer(s): Adam Tye

Point and Shoot is an Action/Comedy short film about a shadowy bounty hunter society on campus. Members can receive contracts on each other, with successful eliminations granting the victor a guaranteed 2:1 or higher in their degree. The society is presented within the film as being without real, physical weaponry and so the film adopts a 'prop-less' aesthetic to match. It is the only fictional piece of YSTV programming to go into production during the 2016/17 student year and was shortlisted for the NaSTA 2018 award for Best Comedy.


A ruthless assassin has a price placed on her head and is forced to fend for her life.


Main Characters

  • Roxanne Spence as The Assassin
  • Carrie Morrison as the First Bounty Hunter
  • Lucy Maines as the Second Bounty Hunter
  • Logan Hawley as the first one that Roxanne's characters kills I haven't come up with the names yet give me time kthanxbye


  • Gareth as Guy who barely puts up a fight
  • Morgan as Woman who needs to take cover better
  • Kenric Yuen as Badass archer who unfortunately is only in the film for a few seconds
  • Dan Maher as Crossbow guy (also known as The Cheater)


Filming took place over three days, covering roughly four scenes in total. The geography and relation of scenes to one another was not designed to make sense, out of convenience so the crew could choose the best location on the day of filming. Adam appreciates that this may intensely irritate University of York students and alumni.

Scene 1 - The First Fight

  • Filmed in one of the top floors of the Spring Lane building.
  • The final shot of Roxanne walking out through the rotating doors was shot at the back of the building. Adam foolishly thought this would take only a couple of hours to film - in actuality, it took roughly five.
  • This was the second scene to be shot in total and was filmed on the second day of production.

Scene 2 - The Text Message

  • Set just outside the Costa near James Porters and YUSU.
  • Fun fact: whilst carrying a table, Adam spilt water all over his crotch in a most unfortunate manner. Unfortunately it was not a sunny day and so took some time to dry out.
  • This was the third scene to be shot and was filmed on the third day of production.

Scene 3 - The Second Fight

  • Shot just outside that hall where they have the poster sale next to the Costa, overlooking the lake.
  • This was the first scene to be shot and was filmed on the first day of production.

Scene 4 - The Mexican Standoff/The Duo (Deleted Scene)

  • Filming for this took place on Walmgate Stray.
  • This was the final scene to be shot and was filmed on the third day of production.

Movie References

The short film contains references to various other action and western films.

  • The premise of the film bears similarities to the criminal underworld of John Wick, in that it portrays a kind of assassin/bounty hunter society. This even applies to the texts the characters receive informing them of a new target or 'Contract'.
  • At the end of Scene 2, the camera move towards Lucy's character as she looks over at Carrie's character is similar to a 'push in' on John Watson during a scene in Guy Ritchie's 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie.
  • The Mexican Standoff during the deleted last scene of the film is a homage to Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Roxanne's Essay

During the first scene, Roxanne's character can be seen typing what is presumably an essay onto a laptop. The essay has been included below, for posterity's sake:

"There’s a stranger in my bed There’s a pounding in my head Theres flamingos in the pool Is this a hickey or a bruise I smell like a mini bar Teachers passed out in the yard It’s a blacked out blurr but I’m pretty sure it ruled Oh yeah Last Friday night Think I took to many shots then we danced on table tops last Friday night

From the day we arrived on the planet And blinking steped into the sun There is more to see than can ever be seen More to do than can ever be done There’s far to much to take in here more to find than can ever be found With the sun rolling high In the sapphire sky Each great and small On the endless round It’s the circle of life And it moves us all Through despaire and hope Through faith and love Til we find our place On the path unwinding It’s the circle The circle of life

The minute you walked in the joint I could see you were a man of distinction A real big spender Good looking So refined Say wouldn’t you like to know whats going on in my mind So let me get right to the point I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see Hey big spender Spend a little time with me

Summer. Europe. A view over the city. These are the basic ingredients. And a river running through it. Yes a river, running through the city, with a couple at the waters edge, these are the basic ingredients. The woman? Young and beautiful, naturally. The man? Older, sensitive naturally. Yes a naturally sensitive man, with a taste for power, who knows this is wrong. They both know this is wrong / Exactly /They’re making love in the mans apartment They’re what? Making love. Making love in the mans apartment. A luxury apartment naturally, with a view over the entire city, these are the basic ingredients. The woman cries out, her golden hair cascading over the bed, her eyes widen, her knuckles tighten, there are tears in her eyes. THE APPARTMENT IS BEAUTIFULY FURNISHED What? Of course the apartment is beautifully furnished. Obviously it would have high ceilings and oak walls. And the tall windows would have views over Notre Dame, the great ____ and _______ to name but a few. ….. (This wasn’t my monologue so I paraphrased and can’t remember the rest.) … And the man/ lets say he grunts? What? Lets say he grunts yes, but not the course grunt of a mechanic. Rather the sophisticated grunt of a man of power and influence… (Not my monologue again, sorry) Absolutely not. (This part is me) Absolutly not, but the grunt of a man who breakfasts on one continent and lunches on another. Who flies first class with linen napkins and a comprehensive wine list. These are the basic ingredients That kind of grunt That kind of man That kind of light What kind of light? The kind of light that streams in through the window, that catches her hair as it cascades (Nope, not mine again but the gist is about how beautiful the light is)

People may be wondering why I am writing the lyrics to Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night,’ The Lion Kings opening song, Sweet Charities ‘Hey Big Spender’, and part of the second scenario of Martin Crimps ‘Attempts on her Lives,’ (A script I highly recommend a read, very interesting concepts and ideas on plot/structure). Well, I shall tell you, dear reader, it is because I am an assassin. Not a real one, mind you, just an actor in a film assassin, if I was a real assassin I’d have paid of my student loan months ago. See, Adam Tye has made a really fun film and given me the opportunity to act in it, and so far I’m finding it very fun. For the past maybe 30mins, I’ve been asked. Ive now been asked to write a five thousand word essay by Adam on “The Lion King bloopers” so I shall attempt this now.

The Lion King Bloopers, and essay in comparison to Disney’s animated bloopers and Pixar’s animated bloopers

Disney is arguably the most famous of the two animated studios, although Pixar may have the superior technique when it comes to the animation quality. Pixar first challenged hand drawn animation with CGI in 1995, although Disney has continued reserved the tradition of the hand drawn animation for their most well know characters and stories (E.G: Winnie the Pooh, 2011). Since 1995, both companies have competed to have the highest gross (Pixar, Toy Story 3 $1,063.2million. Disney, The Force Awakens $936,662,225). However, for years both companies have competed not just financially, but also via the amount of entertainment they provided.

Bloopers are one of the most important aspects of behind the scenes in any film production, they allow the audience to see a humanized version of figures the public look up to, linking the majority to modern Star Culture. Since then, Easter Eggs in films are a the equivalent of an in-joke than many live action films incorporate, the animated bloopers an attempt to make the animation appeared more humanized to the target audience

Disney, famously incorporate bloopers into their films. The 1994 film, The Lion King, incorporated one such scene with Nathan Lane. In the film, Simba, Timon and Pumbaa are trying to establish a plan to distract the Cheetahs on Pride Rock. Lane famously adlibbed the line “what do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do a hula?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWk0O8tLtPE) This added to the hilarity of what would otherwise be a serious scene. Because of this internal blooper, the animators had to edit storyboards and create an animated scene based around an in-joke. The 1992 film Aladdin similarly has Robin Williams adlibbing for the majority of the film, causing animators (ESSAY INTERRUPTED DUE TO FILMING PRIORITIES)

Note to the reader pt 2 We have killed the actors Logan and Gareth. Please take a moment of silence for our fallen comrades. We’ve just had lunch, starting action at 13:13 (sounds ominous doesn’t it?). Dan has shot me with a cross bow four times now, and me and Adam have done a very snazzy YSTV logo on the board. We’re professionals ☺ The windows here in spring Lane keep opening and closing with no control, there may be an apocalypse coming, dear reader…….. but because of this it means filming is interrupted an awful lot."