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"Bill" The Manhattan project

The Manhattan Project - 2 min, Comedy (2004)



LOGLINE: The first episode of the Back Office series introduces us to the notorious gastrointestinal disturbances of office worker Bill.



BEHIND THE SCENES - "I knew when Paul Valentine referred to himself as 'The Fat Kevin Costner', I had found the right man for the part..." - Peter John Ross, writer/director

The back office bathroom can be a dangerous place, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to share the lavatory with the infamous Bill (a.k.a. the Manhattan Project). When Jim becomes trapped in a stall privy to co-worker Bill’s explosive gastrointestinal disturbances (on a par with earthquakes, volcanoes, and nuclear winters), he loses a bit of his innocence.

Bill's aromatic flatulence is only the beginning, a precursor to the monumental bowel movements to come. To make the already disgusting situation even worse, Bill provides a narrative to accompany the rumbling roars of his innards. Bill’s commentary covers what he’s eaten as well as sporadic exclamations of relief.

Deciding to go on the offensive, Jim and his friend Ed discuss methods of deterring Bill's future eruptions. They draw up a list of rules for bathroom etiquette and hang several copies in the lavatory. Will Bill heed their advice, or use it when he runs out of toilet paper?



  • starring Vincent P Lowry, Andy Schofield, & Paul Valentine
  • written & directed by Peter John Ross
  • produced by Sonny Boo
  • cinematography by Matthias Saunders
  • boom mic by Kevin Carr
  • edited by Peter John Ross
  • sound FX by Maurice L. Ruckman Jr. & Peter John Ross
  • music by Peter John Ross & Kraig Phillips
  • copyright 2004


Behind the Scenes

Based on a true story, the story of that office worker who does not know the rules of Etiqutte for the restroom. The Manhattan Project could happen to you !

Originally one longer edit, now broken up into two 2 minute sections and available online as stand alone stories, not relating to Back Office.

Shot with a Canon Optura Mini DV camcorder and originally part of the BACK OFFICE series, but now stands as a two part series, available on several sites for viewing. Shot on location in Westerville, Ohio.

making the Manhattan project

Back Office
The Back Office series was the first short movie venture from SONNYBOO PRODUCTIONS, and began lifelong friendships & working relationships. Often very rough & not so good in the writing/directing, the art of making movies was learned on these shoots. Watching Back Office shorts are a journey into the evolution of an aspiring filmmaker.


Official Selection to Australia's ARTHOUSE CIINEMA screening series down under. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

AArthouse Cinema down under

Official Selection to the THE CHICAGO REALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. Click Here for more info on May 7th, 2005 at 3:PM as a part of

Look at my Shorts II

Official Selection to the DESERT REEL FILM FESTIVAL in Midland & Odessa, Texas on April 21st-24th, 2005 click here for more


Official Selection to the CINEMASLAM program of short films at Ann Arbors Michigan Theatre December 15th, 2004. click here for more


Official Selection to the Cookies Film & Video Festival at The University of New England, Portland, Maine on November 13th, 2004

Cookies Film Fest

Official Selection to the Nebula Film Festival screenings in Chicago, IL on July 27th, 2004.

Nebula Film Fest

Official Selection to the Twisted Spine Micro Film Festival screenings in Cleveland Ohio on May 22nd, 2004.

Twisted Spine

Official Selection to the Mad River Microcinema screenings in Billings, Montana on May 9th and 11th, 2004.

Mad River

Official Selection at the Freedom Film Festival - 4:PM Feb 28th, 2004 in Philadelphia MORE INFO HERE

freedom festival !

Official Selection to the Sivad Film Festival April 2004 : Saturday, April 24, 2004, 2pm- 5pm @ Studio 35 ( CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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Official Selection to ARLENE's GROCERY PICTURE SHOW in New York, NY April 11th, 2004

Arelene's Grocery

Official Selection at the Wreck Beach Film Festival in Ontario, Canada June 19th-20th, 2004

Official Selection to the GIGGLESHORTS International Comedy Short Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, as a part of the "Mini Giggles" June 12th, 2003 and also the GiggleShorts Film Festival, "Largest Comedy Shorts Festival in the world", September 24-28th, 2003

Giggle Shorts site

Official Selection the Drop Your Shorts Film Festival in July 2001.

Official Selection at the Ohio Independent Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio November 6th, 2003.


Official Selection at the IU South Bend Film & Video Festival in South Bend, Inidiana University April 9th, 10th, 2004.

IU Festival

Official Selection at the Wellfair Film Festival in Atlanta, GA January 27th, 2004.

Sivad Festival

Official Selection at the Queen City Film Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio September 13th, 2003.

Sivad Festival

It was also an official selection for the Showtime Channel's ALTERNATIVE MEDIA FESTIVAL in 2001.





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