Watch: Fun Short Film 'The Come Up' Highlights Hollywood Robbery

March 1, 2013
Source: Film School Rejects

The Come Up

If you want to make it in Hollywood, you often have to start at the bottom before you can work your way to the top. One of the lowest jobs on the totem pole is a production assistant, or "PA," and it's his or her job to do the grunt work that nobody else wants to do: coffee runs, lunch orders, heavy lifting, etc. Film School Rejects found a great short film called The Come Up, which is a pretty accurate depiction of what being a PA is like until, in a clever twist, it takes a hard turn into into a chase/heist film, using some of the real studio backlots as sets. This is a must-watch for anyone who has worked in the industry. Check it out below!

Watch Kirk Sullivan's full short film The Come Up, found via Film School Rejects:

I've worked as a production assistant and been an extra (or "background artist," as they like to refer to themselves) on a bunch of film and television sets, so this short was especially resonant for me. There have been a lot of "movies about movies" in Hollywood history, but rarely do the PAs get any love, so I can see this being a cult classic in that community. The Come Up was directed and edited by Kirk Sullivan, written by Sullivan and Chris Boyd, and produced by Sullivan, Boyd, and Alyson Bruno. This stars Patrick J. Adams, Troian Bellisario, and even features Fast Five talent Sung Kang very briefly. How was that?

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Very good. Liked the pacing. Loved the twist. The acting was perfect. I'd say this was "successful." Thanks for sharing!

Qrious on Mar 1, 2013


Very cool and funny short. Lots of charm and well put together. Cheers!

SV7 on Mar 1, 2013

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