The Betsy Wetsy Timebomb Effect was a short film that I wrote, directed, edited and scored. I also created the title animation. The film tells the story of a middle aged gay couple arguing over whether or not to have a baby. Our hero, Alistair is a bit eccentric and doesn’t always inspire confidence as a parent. By the end of the film, Alistair and his curmudgeonly partner John discover that you can’t always get what you want, but you can get what you need. The film played in several film festivals around the world including San Francisco, Palm Springs, Chicago and Nashville.

The first clip is the title sequence.  I recut the track from Sweet Charity and then animated all of the elements to the music using After Effects.  Final sound mix and design were done by Dustin Berta.

The second clip is the Mexican standoff between husbands.  It also reveals that this is not the first time Alistair has behaved this way.

The third clip finds Alistair with a decision to make.  Several actually.  He confronts reality with his usual aplomb.

Enjoy the sample clips.  Access to the full film is by permission only.

The Betsy Wetsy Timebomb Effect (2005) Short, Comedy | 22min | 2005 (USA)
Director: Bryan McHenryWriters: Bryan McHenryStars: Eustace Allen, Ted HoerlSummary: A gay couple disagree over having a baby.