CALDWELL, ROBERT ALLEN. Stopgap Falls. (Under the direction
of Maria Pramaggiore.)
Stopgap Falls is a screenplay about Caleb Watts, a
thirteen year old boy who must overcome his childhood
fears, learn to accept the death of his brother, and in the
process uncover a dark secret kept well-hidden from an
entire town. It is a coming of age story with an eerie
Southern Gothic slant, similar at times to films such as
Stand by Me.
After his brother’s death, strange things start
happening to Caleb. While trying to go to sleep one night,
Caleb thinks he sees something moving in his brother’s
closet. His brother’s things go missing from his bedroom,
and Caleb starts seeing a shadowy figure. Caleb believes
these things are all signs from his brother Sam, and he
sets out to confront the strange figure. In the process,
he finds out what truly lies at the bottom of Stopgap
Falls, he learns who the mysterious figure is, and he also
learns what truly happened to his brother.
Robert Caldwell was born in Hickory, North Carolina in
1974. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in film and
media studies from Brigham Young University in 2000, where
he also worked as a teaching assistant. Since graduating,
Robert has worked in television and film production at UNC-
TV and as a freelance lighting technician. He has also
worked as a public relations coordinator and as a graphic
design technician. Robert loves digital photography and
writing. Other than his beautiful wife and two children,
Robert’s love in life has always been film. He has had an
abiding love for Chinese cinema, ever since studying
Mandarin Chinese while on a service mission among Chinese
emigrants in Perth, Australia.
Robert entered the Masters program in English at NC
State University in 2004. While attending NC State, Robert
has helped teach courses in film analysis and film history.
He has also helped teach a course in English fiction.
While a Masters student, Robert w