How to Get Away with It



How To Get Away With It is a story about a psychologist and his patient who argue, over the course of one session, whether or not it is possible to get away with killing someone. The psychologist, who we know as The Doctor, claims that eventually, every cold case can be solved with persistent investigation. The patient, Reese, argues that it is very easy for anyone to get away with murder, confusing both the investigators and friends/family of the victim so that the case will never be solved, or so that murder will never even come up as a possibility. Reese and The Doctor develop a plan, flowchart and profile of the perfect murder and perfect victim. Over the course of the story, they push the envelop bit by bit, first by luring a potential victim, then by getting a potential victim to cut-off all communication from the outside world, and finally, by actually murdering an innocent man. A bad idea gets worse and leaves the two with the arduous task of covering up their crime.



I started to write How To Get Away With It three years ago when I first started working for the radio station CFRB 1010. I wanted to make a movie inside the radio station, after hours when no management types were around. I figured late a night I could get away with a lot more, plus, the station and control room were very cool looking locations. I came up with the idea that a quirky late-night radio DJ would petition listeners to call in with the best way to kill someone and get away with it. He would be arguing with a guest of his — an author that is notorious for solving cold cases — and the argument would escalate into a real crime.

I put the idea on hold for two reasons: The Ocean was a lot more interesting to me and my radio station was bought by Bell Media, so there was no guarantee that the location would not change or my position at the station would be there still (the station has since relocated to a new space).

This past winter, after thinking that I may not be able to shoot The Ocean in 2014 due to funding problems, I reconsidered How To Get Away With It — I changed the location to an office (the amenities room in my condo) and I made the characters a lot more interesting — especially the complex nature of their relationship. The major plot points and revelations however, did not change from my original story.

I find crime interesting, especially forensics and investigation. I think detectives or people who do detective work are some of the most intelligent people alive. My inspiration for the character of Reese comes from the idea of a megalomaniac, or a psychopath who believes he is smarter than some of the smartest people alive, and that to prove his smarts, he must kill someone and cover-up his involvement in the crime.

Homicides happen all of the time all over the world. And it’s true, some of them go unsolved — for decades even — resulting in the ‘getting away with it’ aspect. That’s nothing new. But I am very curious as to what goes on inside the head of someone or some people as they talk about covering up a homicide.

It is possible that Reese and The Doctor could be perceived as a single character, arguing with itself in its mind, like the Id and Ego going at it. The Doctor attempts to maintain control but gives up just enough for Reese to continually push the envelope further and further, until an actual homicide is committed by the two of them. Like The Ocean, I am interested in exploring how characters deal with escalation — and — at what point, if any, they recognize that a bad idea or situation is getting progressively worse. How To Get Away With It is a perfect demonstration of this concept; which is the reason that the film will primarily be dialogue-driven rather than action-driven.

Also, I plan to fund the production entirely by myself with no outside help. One location + two main characters + a compelling, well-written screenplay = hopefully, a great feature film.


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