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Adopt Me


A Comedy


In a scheme to get more financial aid, John (18) attempts to adopt his best friend Sam (17).

Directed, edited, written, produced, and sound designed by John Canfield.

The Story Behind the Film

In 2010, after completing all of the required classes at NYU Film,

I pursued my desire to make a comedy for my senior thesis.

…but the film department reviewed the script and said it wasn’t ‘serious enough.’

So it wasn’t greenlit.

Instead of abandoning the film, I walked out on the class and decided to make it on my own.

I assembled an 8-person crew of film school friends. We wore many hats, and slept very little. We filmed 103 shots in just 2 days.

My production roles included: director, writer, editor, camera operator, sound designer, re-recording mixer and producer.

The film premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street in NYC.



By Julie Hammill of Hammill Design:

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