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Artistic License (2005)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 9 September 2005 (USA)
David Milken takes the ID photos at the Department of Motor Vehicles and he takes his job very, very seriously.


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Credited cast:
David Milken
Brianca Vincent
Don Jacobson
Julie Frost
Murphy Lynch ...
Dustin White
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Abdel-Hamid ...
Ethnic Menace
Mystery Photo
Angry Priest
Corey Browne ...
DMV Employee
Fun Girl
Nate Cohen ...
Happy Drunk
DMV Employee
Karen Huitsing ...
Bus Stop Girl
Start Here Girl
Angry Al


Artist DAVID MILKEN is struggling to find beauty in the most unexpected of places; capturing portraits of average Americans at their most exhausted, their most frustrated, their most honest: David takes the I.D. photos at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and he takes his job very, very seriously. Against the odds of the vast government bureaucracy and the long lines of impatient drivers-to-be, David tries to make each snapshot a masterpiece. Today he has to take perhaps the most important picture of his career, that of his boss, BRIANCA VINCENT, and it isn't going to be pretty. Or is it? Written by Anonymous

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What We Call Hell... He Calls Home


Short | Comedy



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9 September 2005 (USA)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When filming the scene where Brianca Vincent (Jennifer Echols) discoverers that the governor was not calling, she stormed down the hall and pushes aside DVM Employee (Cruz Peralez). The DMV Employee threw up lots of papers and dramatically slammed his hands down on a file cabinet - in an attempt to create a loud bang. Right after, Echols returned fearing she hurt him and kept asking if he was okay. He was fine. See more »

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Seemed very familiar
16 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2006 DC Shorts festival in Washington, DC. The movie was very enjoyable, but it bore a strikingly resemblance to another short film that I had seen from the 2004 48 film festival, also in Washington DC. It was titled "Snapshot" (2004/I). Though "Artistic License" clearly had a higher budget and more time for shooting and editing, I think the original is still better. The similarities are uncanny, from the plot, the main character, the central conflict, and the use of driver's license photos of the actors in the credits. I can't say "Artistic License" was deliberately ripped off of "Snapshot", but I am suspicious.

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