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In a city of sand and steel, a precocious young girl discovers a "friend" amongst the rubble.

A young scrapper, Lylly, discovers a large, rusted robot among piles of scrap. She drags it "home" to her small, dusty generator shed and charges it. At first, the bot lashes out violently, strangling Lylly, but she escapes. The bot expresses sorrow, remorse--there's something deeper inside this rusted heap than would initially appear. Lylly repairs the bot's busted arm and just when the two are bonding over their abandonment, two drunk men make their way into Lylly's shed. They force themselves upon Lylly, and when one is fumbling with his belt, the bot jolts into action. Killing both men in a vicious, gory display of mechanical strength. Lylly cowers after the ordeal, shaken from her attackers, shaken from the gore. The bot reaches out his hand. Lylly takes it. Fully meeting and understanding one another.

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In a city of sand and steel, a precocious young girl discovers a "friend" amongst the rubble.

World building is a hard thing to do in a feature script, never mind a short, but Rust Bucket from Colton Simpson uses just ten lines to take us to a future LA full of decaying materials both organic and mechanical. He also introduces us to our hero, Lylly, a tiny 9.5 year old little girl living her life as a scrapper.

D'ya need a friend?

This is a story about friendship and sets about hammering home the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, and it does so with quite the punch. There’s moments here that take us back to the likes of WALL-E but Colton isn’t here to hold back and tell us something fit for a division of Disney - Rustbucket swings a lot harder.

Despite getting no response, Lylly sees something in the LAPD Defender Bot she has stumbled upon and, despite her slender build and tiny stature, sets about dragging the beast to her ramshackle home, in which lies something ominous and dark.

She soon gets that metal beast a new lease of life but nearly at the cost of her own. We learn why this public servant has been sent to the trash heap and she offers both care and repair to his mournful moans.

Why would someone throw you away?

Then things take a turn and we see a sad side to this future dystopia which is worrying familiar in our own. Trash and treasure take a new meaning and, well... this line says it all.

See Jhames? I love the fiesty ones.

The final conclusion, you’ll have to read it to see yourself. Just like raw iron oxide, it ain’t pretty.

Despite the rundown World it encapsulates, this script is highly polished from the storytelling to every word that carries us on our journey. There’s a good reason why it won the Reddit Short Film Proverb Contest and any filmmaker rummaging through all the short scripts out there needs to take a look at this gem that's just begging to become animated. 

Review by CJ Walley
Submitted: December 12, 2017
Last Updated: February 28, 2018

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The Writer: Colton Simpson

An avid reader, gamer, and movie-goer that's working on getting stories from my little screen to one slightly larger. With a little less than a year's experience under my belt, my science fiction short, "Rustbucket" , won Reddit's "Short Film Proverb Contest". Go to bio