Hole in the Paper Sky 814 Word Essay on the Change That Occurs Within Howard Ferp

Topics: Chess, Chess piece, Change Pages: 2 (813 words) Published: May 7, 2013
Jason Clarke plays Howard Ferp in the short film 'Hole In The Paper Sky' written by Howard Kingkade and Bill Purple (also the director). Howard starts the film as an arrogant, self centered man whose life changes because of a few simple run ins with an unlikely character named 'Thirty Nine'. Thirty Nine is a Dalmatian, owned by the science lab that Howard works at. The dog sole use is animal testing and when Howard goes to take him some dog biscuits one day, he ends up witnessing some of the pain of the dog firsthand. He later steals the dog from the lab and laying it to rest for good. Howard is now a changed man and makes up for the wrong he has done. At the start of the film, Howard is a brilliant yet misanthropic math genius. He is awkward and arrogant upon many social interactions throughout the short film. This awkwardness and arrogance towards people is proven in the scene where Howard is sat in a University lecture, not listening. The professor, notices Howard playing chess and listening to head phones so head up the stairs towards him to see what is going on. He picks up a piece to attract Howard’s attention, shares a brief comment from his knowledge of chess before informing Howard how wise it would be to pay attention during lectures. Next he gives Howard a math equation before pausing for an answer. Howard repeats the equation and starts working aloud, solving the problem perfectly and simply holding his hand out for the chess piece, not stopping for confirmation of his answer. The scene’s presence in the film was not to outline how much Howard knew his stuff. In fact, the scene was solely placed in the film to make his change through the film more obvious and how arrogant and socially independent he was before certain encounters. The film’s main storyline is to show the change Howard undergoes because of multiple interactions with a dalmatian. The dog's name is Thirty Nine and changes Mr Ferp from stubborn, arrogant and socially awkward into a brave,...
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