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 is an official selection of the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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.