Jane Dabish’s puppets are NSFW

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(Spoiler alert) Jane Dabish’s puppet characters may be a far cry from Sesame Street, but they do ingeniously answer “How do you bring an indie film in under budget when you have no budget at all?” Now, this is not to imply that Jane was working without a budget, no matter how small. But substituting puppets for actors,  a film has another character, or two, but doesn’t have to pay additional actors scale when it is clearly not in the budget.

The first puppet film and the use of puppets in films were in the 1900s.  The first puppet film ” Dolly’s Toys ” is shown in 1902. It is also the first puppet animation in history. It was inspired by puppetry and used puppets as main characters in the films.

In Jane’s film “Todd’s Dilemma”  we are introduced to Todd (played by Don Onweller) and Sara (played by Michele Hubert), a quarreling couple whose honeymoon is apparently over.  Sara is in a quandary.  How does she win Todd’s affections again? Does she buy a new wardrobe to get him to notice her,  or Victoria Secrets lingerie?  Do they go where no man has gone before.

Skinny (Melanie Gresham) and Duda (Dale Dobson), the two puppets in this film, are in a restaurant.  Without understanding, or refusing to accept the financial straits that Duda is in, Skinny insists that he spend money on her.  He hasn’t worked in over a month and he is waiting for his truck to get fixed.  She insist that he buy her drinks.  He has no money.

Todd,  a therapist working for Mahoney Mental Health clinic, is counseling Skinny. She has a similar problem to Sara’s. She wants to recapture Duda’s attentions?  But how?  She is concerned that Duda does not want to “wine, dine and sixty-nine her.”  She feels underappreciated. She feels like a “hot-mess.” The sparks fly as she talks dirty.  Todd suggests that she “put on a push up bra, a skirt, and flaunt her body like a top.” Convinced that if she teases Duda, he would be “drilling her in no time.” But she has no chest, and a flat-ass, as well.

Todd gives Skinny some Styrofoam lifts.  But when this does not get her the results she desires, Skinny goes to T&A Specialists Enhancements R-us to see Dr. Lynn (played by R. Roque de Leon).

Will these body modifications get Skinny the attention she desires?  And will this attention come from Duda?  As much as Duda may be as flat broke as Skinny was flat as pancakes before her body modifications, will this stop Duda from playing the field?  You will have to watch this short to see for yourself.  But be forewarned:  this short film is not for children.  It might not even be safe to play on the computer at work. Some of the language and the ideas expressed would receive an A for adult.   Be cautioned.

Written by Jane Dabish and Frank Dipaola,  directed by Jane Dabish, with Joel Klimkowski on 1st camera, and assisting with directing, Jane Dabish on 2nd camera, Don Victor as editor, and Michele Hubert as production assistant, this short film is a Jane Dabish Production.

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