Mr. Snuggles

Short Film

Written & Directed by Byron Conrad Erwin
Produced by Mela Rayne and Ted Rubin of Melted Pictures
Runtime: 18 min.
Best Actor Winner, Troy Halverson, Southern Shorts Awards

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The sadistic alter ego of a shy ventriloquist is the interrogator of last resort for nefarious employers and for die-hard black comedy.


A "slice of life" short about a disturbed ventriloquist, Miles, and his alter ego, Mr. Snuggles, whose glib wit is as lethal as his attaché of carving knives. I got to play the both sides of a split personality: Miles is a demure interrogator but the yin to his yang is a sadistic torturer embodied in the doll. Think Magic meets Reservoir Dogs, with me playing a bit of Richard Burton and channeling a bit of Michael Madsen through a doll. Adult language and suggested violence.


Excerpts (1:30)


2017 Jan, Shorthern Shorts Awards WIN for Best Actor
2016 Oct, Slivers of Wisdom promo passes 30,000 views
2016 Jul, Roku Peachflicks VOD
2015 Mar, Slivers of Wisdom promo passes 10,000 views
2014 Sep, Amazon VOD
2013 Serial adaptation in development
2013 Feature Film screenplay adaptation
2013 Atlanta Horror Film Festival
2013 Action on Film Int'l Film Festival
2013 Long Island Film Festival
2013 Gwinnett Center International Film Festival
2012 October, Get Connected screening
2012 August, post-production complete



Troy Halverson voices Mr. Snuggles the sadistic comic

Mark Ashworth as Leonard Stanley the mobster

Barry Piacente as Barnett the cold-hearted henchman

Diesel Madkins as Tyrone the ill-fated stoolie

Stephanie Stevens as Anya the complicitous Russian


One of the vaudeville connections in the movie is in the melody that Mr. Snuggles sings. The song "I'm so glad we had this time together," made famous by Carol Burnett, ironically starts with these lyrics:

I'm so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
Seems we just got started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, "So long."

Written & Directed by Byron Conrad Erwin