Made up entirely of stills, 'Paintbrush' presents portraits of ten users of a fictitious online social networking website. By detailing the information given by each user on their profile, the film explores themes surrounding identity, while also serving as a satire of online social networking. Malcolm is obsessed with Robert Bresson. Danny loves Hollywood cinema. Marisa's profile is completely average. Jean adds people she doesn't like to her 'friends lists' to appear more popular than she really is. Ryan has begun to think solely in terms of status updates. Nicole has become spiritual, though she hasn't updated her 'religious views' due to her friends' disrespectful and defamatory comments. Harvey is obsessed with Shelley, and secretly masturbates while thinking about her. Matthew is also hopeless in love, searching desperately for the girl he was in love with while at secondary school. Jack is socially inept, and spends a lot of time thinking about death. These are the users of ... Written by
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Much of the script is based on biographical events from the lives of the writers and their friends. In addition, much of the script arose from conversations had by the writers in other circumstances. For instance, the question of how different the world would have been if Robert Bresson
's The Devil, Probably
(1977) had been as successful as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977) was a real conversation had by the authors after they saw Bresson's film at the 2007 BFI Southbank retrospective of the director's work. See more
References The Devil, Probably