If you had access to a source of unlimited knowledge about your life, what would you ask? Would you start with the big questions? Like, What was my true purpose? Or have you always just wanted to find out who stole your bike in 7th grade?


“The Answers” is a short film spanning the entire gauntlet one man’s personal curiosities as he fumbles toward the discovery of deeper meaning.


Co-Producer and star Daniel Lissing was born and raised on the beaches of Sydney, where his dreams of becoming an actor led to progressively larger roles on Australian TV before Inside Film Magazine chose Daniel as one of Australia’s Rising Talents. His American roles include Navy Seal James King on ABC’s Last Resort, and his ongoing role as the male lead Jack Thornton on The Hallmark Channel’s When Calls The Heart.


Rose McIver is a New Zealand-born actress who can currently be seen in the title role on the CW’s iZombie. Rose began acting at age three, playing an angel in The Piano, and has lined her career with notable roles such as Lindsey Salmon in Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones, Tinkerbell on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and playing Beau Bridges and Allison Janney’s daughter Vivian Scully on Masters of Sex.

The Filmmakers

Director Michael Goode studied film and cinematography at USC and Art Center before breaking into the industry as a storyboard artist for such directors as Doug Liman, Barry Levinson, and F. Gary Gray. Since then, Michael has directed short films for Walt Disney Pictures, received an Emmy nomination for Main Title Design, and helmed several national commercial campaigns in the U.S. and Australia.


Co-Producer and star Daniel Lissing is making his behind-the-camera debut with The Answers. Daniel’s background as an actor and musician prepared him to step into the role of film producer and creative collaborator. Daniel and Michael partnered to bring The Answers to life from the ground up starting with a story conference at Daniel’s dining room table.


Currently, Daniel and Michael are developing TV and feature film projects that reflect their shared passion for imaginative, character-based storytelling.


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June 17, 2015


Palm Springs ShortFest Review
Compelling shorts on love, loss, survival-worth seeing
By Bruce Fessier


Scorecard: 9 (out of 10): Lissing gives a beautifully understated performance to make this film unusually moving. With the camera close up on his face for most of the film, Lissing’s character tells the story of how he didn’t recognize his soulmate and thus let an opportunity for a deep, happy life slip from his grasp. McIver, who is virtually unrecognizable from her role in the opening night short, “Warning Labels,” also exudes an endearing quality as the girl who got away. Goode shows great talent for telling a complete story with minimal excess to make this a textbook short.

April 14, 2015


Florida Film Festival Review: Shorts Program No. 1
By Cameron Meier


Michael Goode’s The Answers (4 stars on our 0-5 scale) starts the program perfectly. Shot well and immediately mesmerizing, this portrait of a man reliving his life just after death balances comedy, drama and romance in a way seldom seen in short cinema.