This homage to those 70's movie-of-the-week detective shows takes you back to a day when the networks had time to create personable classic characters- seeing as how there were only three channels and you were pretty much a captive audience.
A Columbo parody, with P.F. Tompkins playing a Jack Cassidy-esque school principal.
Filming was done at Walter Reed Middle School. Setting a no budget short in a school is risky. Fortunately, producer CJ Arabia once had a relative attend there and even chaperoned a dance. So she was the in. And, if you use students in your film, you don't have to pay. It's called an educational experience. Everything was finished everything in eight hours - all they gave the production crew.
P.F. Tompkins got involved with the short as he knew Eric Hoffman, who wrote and starred in that short. Principal Overmind was written specifically for him. Originally Hoffman was thinking of having Paul's Jack Cassidy be the guest villain in all the Detective Theatres - but one has to temper their Cassidy tributes, he decided.
The show was intended as the first installment of four Detective stories.
- Jon Schnepp - Camera/Director/Microphone/DP/Editor/Storyboards
- CJ Arabia - Producer
- Eric Hoffman - Writer