short film script

Beautiful Idiot is a script I wrote for a group of filmmakers working on a short film featuring professional freeride mountain bike rider Brett Rheeder. Released in August 2018, the film takes you on a ride through the mindset and motivations of anyone who feels driven to pursue greatness, how it can feel to fall short, and the consequences of reaching a lofty goal when the struggle to get there has defined you for so long. Beautiful Idiot was an official selection of the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival and is currently part of the festival’s 300+ city, 40+ country, 7-continent world tour throughout 2019.

Grab a brew and a couple of biscuits, this is no 90 second shredit.
— Wideopen Magazine
It focuses on Rheeder but relates to many, illuminating tumult welling within those warring irrepressible dreams.
— BikeMag
It’s more than just sick footie of the talented biker—the narration provides a thought-provoking story...
Beautiful Idiot shows how elite mountain biking can be as much a mental struggle as a physical one.
— Canadian Cycling Magazine
While the narration makes connections between achievements, failures, and personal identity, the journey through an overachiever’s mind plays out on-screen as a visually stunning series of rides by Rheeder.
Taking the web edit to a whole new level, Brett Rheeder, Harrison Mendel and Rob Thompson bring together an amazing storyline...
— Revolution Mountain Bike Magazine


Script: Anders J. Svensson
Directors: Harrison Mendel and Robb Thompson
Starring: Brett Rheeder, Elliot Friesen, and Austin Friesen
Voiceover: Brad Avenyou
Director of Photography: Harrison Mendel
Principle Cinematographer: Liam Mullany
Additional Cinematography: Seger Nelson and Brody Jones
Editors: Harrison Mendel and Shelley Fried
Colorist: Steve Seeley
VFX: Calvin Sun
Title Design: Shelley Fried
Music Composer: Windmills, Cory Myraas, Mitch Lee
Sound Design and Mix: Mitch Lee and Taylor Richardson

Anders J. Svensson currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is available for hire as a freelance copywriter or creative consultant by clients worldwide.

His writing services include ads & campaigns, biographies, creative consulting, direct mail, ebooks, editing, game design, naming & taglines, pitch decks, scriptwriting, social media, and website content.

Feel free to contact Anders to discuss your project.