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Dopamine -- A San Franciscan computer animator (Livingston) falls in love with one his creations in the days after the boom.


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  (in credits order)

John Livingston ... Rand

Sabrina Lloyd ... Sarah McCaulley

Bruno Campos ... Winston

Rueben Grundy ... Johnson

Kathleen Antonia ... Tammy
Nicole Wilder ... Machiko
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Berzon ... Moving man
Timothy Breitbach ... Mike the bartender
Ivan Kraljevic ... Sleazy Guy
Wanda McCaddon ... Margie
Marcus J. Oliver ... Richard

William Windom ... Rand's father
Dennis Yen ... Toru

Christa Bella ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Alan Draven ... Straggler (uncredited)

Donn Andrew Simmons ... Guy on Date at Museum (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Decena 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Timothy Breitbach  writer
Mark Decena  writer

Produced by
Brian Benson .... co-producer
Timothy Breitbach .... co-producer
Debbie Brubaker .... producer
Liz Decena .... co-producer
Tad Fettig .... producer
Christopher James Hall .... line producer
Eric Koivisto .... executive producer
Chris Miller .... post-production producer: Visionbox Media Group
Andrew Jon Thomson .... producer: behind the scenes
Original Music by
Eric Holland 
Cinematography by
Robert Humphreys 
Film Editing by
Jessica Congdon 
Casting by
Gillian O'Neill 
Production Design by
S. Quinn 
Art Direction by
Joe Schlick 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Clark 
Costume Design by
Jennifer Power 
Deirdre Scully 
Makeup Department
Gretchen Davis .... key makeup artist
Gretchen Davis .... makeup supervisor
Nicole Sofios .... makeup assistant
Lisa Zomer .... hair department head
Lisa Zomer .... makeup department head
Production Management
Christopher James Hall .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Cole Berry .... second assistant director
Gino Caputi .... second assistant director
Kiran Gonsalves .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tanem Davidson .... storyboard artist
Sean House .... specialty props
Patrick Ludden .... property master
Annie Mueller .... assistant property master
Alfred Leslie Pollard .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Michael Colomby .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Gitzen .... sound
Scott G.G. Haller .... sound editor
Eric Holland .... sound design supervisor
Etina Hom .... boom operator
Howard London .... adr mixer
Brad North .... sound effects editor
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Visual Effects by
Christopher Batty .... digital artist
David Brandt .... animator: Koy Koy
Derek Fisher .... digital artist
John Hays .... animation supervisor: Koy Koy sequences
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebecca Bauscher .... still photographer
Mike Booth .... additional electrician
Joe H. Bourguignon .... electrician (as Joe Bourguignon)
Chris Lindsay .... gaffer
Andrea Miraglia .... assistant camera
Rob Muthamia .... first assistant camera
Sean Prichard .... best boy grip
Kerry Sweeney .... best boy electric
Marc Wall .... grip
Casting Department
Kiki Goshay .... extras casting
Nina Henninger .... location casting
Sarah Kliban .... location casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joslyn Lawrence .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Sam Dlugach .... final colorist
Jonathan Miller .... post-production services (uncredited)
Music Department
Mads Heldtberg .... musician
Eric Holland .... music supervisor
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Mike Morasky .... musician: guitar
Transportation Department
Bundy Chanock .... transportation coordinator
Adam M. Dunne-De'Coligny .... transportation captain
Stephanie Olliffe .... driver
Other crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Jeff Dowd .... producer's representative (as Jeff 'The Dude' Dowd)
Terry L. James .... digital film transfer
Nancy Ellen Jones .... location manager
Heather McCann .... additional production coordinator
Angela Mixan .... production coordinator
Roger Udwin .... assistant production coordinator
Curtiss Clayton .... special thanks
Jennifer Sanderson .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, sexuality and brief drug use
79 min | 85 min (Sundance Channel Library Print) (dvd release)
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Sarah McCaulley:So tell me, why'd that art gallery freak you out so much? You don't have to tell me. Here
[hands him the wood stick]
Rand:What's this? A talking stick? Oh, oh I see. So I can join the generation of emasulated males given permission to talk about their feelings? Sorry, it's a joke.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not entirely successful, but promising (**1/2), 6 December 2003
Author: Jason Alley ( from Sacramento

Dopamine is the chemical emitted by the brain that creates pleasure when we're in love. So is that all love is? A chemical in our brain that makes us want to procreate? Or is there something more to it, something in our "hearts"?

These are the issues at the center of "Dopamine", a likeable but insubstantial indie comedy/drama from new director Mark Decena.

Set in San Francisco, it's about a computer programmer named Rand (John Livingston), who is working with 2 other guys on an interactive children's program called Koy Koy, named after the cute little digital bird that the kids are supposed to talk to. In shopping the program around, he meets Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd, from TV's great, cancelled "Sports Night"), a complicated kindergarten teacher, and they begin dating.

The relationship is tense because Rand is emotionally withdrawn having not yet fully dealt with his mother's tragic Alzheimer's, and has become convinced that love is nothing but a chemically-induced illusion in our brains (dopamine), after hearing his father's bitter diatribes on the subject.

One of the movie's very good qualities is that it takes time to ponder this issue, whether love is only a chemical reaction or if it's something more. It doesn't offer any concrete answers, but how could it? Also, the acting is mostly very good (particularly by Sabrina Lloyd), and the San Francisco cinematography is excellent and atmospheric.

On the minus side, though, there's just not very much to it. It's working from a unique angle, but otherwise it's pretty much like every other mopey, arsty indie love story. And even at an extremely short 79 minutes, it feels a little padded.

I saw "Dopamine" at a screening where director Mark Decena and executive producer Eric Koivisto spoke afterwards and did a Q & A. They are young, friendly and talented guys, and even though THIS movie is not entirely successful, it's promising and full of potential. I wish them the best.

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