One of the questions I’ve been asked often, especially since the launch of Smashed Rook is: where does the name Smashed Rook come from. Well, take a seat and I’ll tell you the tale of how this name came about. It all started with the first movie I ever made entitled Bad Sport.
You may not think it from talking to me now, but I used to be a bit of a hothead when I lost at games. Really, it wasn’t just any game, but one that I really think I’m going to win. Growing up I played a lot of table tennis and got pretty darn good at the game. In fact, I felt so confident that, when I lost at the game, I would lose my head a little bit. After a paddle-throwing incident, I decided it was time to get that under control and now I’m much better about being gracious in defeat.
When coming up with ideas for my first movie, the idea of doing something based on the idea of losing your cool when you are beaten at a game felt pretty personal and fun, so I went for it. Bad Sport took this idea and applied it to chess. Two people sit down to a game of chess and upon one of them beginning to win, it escalates into a beat-down. You’re probably beginning to see where this is going.
During one of the scenes, the chess set, which I borrowed from a friend, is knocked off the table and onto the floor. The very next thing that happens is the table being knocked over. In my mind, the table was going to fall over on its side and stop right there. In the reality of physics, the table kept its momentum and then kept falling flat onto the floor. Unfortunately, this happened to be right on top of the chess set loaned to me by my friend.
Naturally, under the immense weight of the table, the plastic chess set was obliterated. I felt horrible about my friend’s chess set and offered to replace it. This did set up an incredible shot at the end where you can see the smashed chess set as the character flicks over the last remaining piece left standing.
When trying to think of a name for my production company, I wanted to incorporate my first movie in some way. Since the smashed chess set story was so good, I decided to try and associate it that way. At that point, it was just about finding the chess piece that sounded best next to smashed and since most of the pieces made it sound like I was talking about drunken monarchs, I went with rook.
Now you know the story of where Smashed Rook came from. To celebrate, let’s sit down and watch the movie that started it all.