Inspired to continue the success of Scott Woodburn's "It's a Boy", Samuel Dunning set out to write a larger-scale, similarly comedic and horrific follow-up short film. 

"Rick and Ruby" was the result- an upending of the vampire genre and its familiar tropes through the lens of an "odd couple" comedy set in America's seedy underbelly and dark corners.

After raising $26,000 via two Kickstarter campaigns in 2018, "Rick and Ruby" became a reality, completing principal photography in May and post-production in October. 

"Rick and Ruby" had its world premiere at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Friday, August 12th, 2019, winning the award for "Best Horror Short".

It followed this with its international premiere in Spain at Sitges Film Festival, the largest genre film festival in the world and then Screamfest in Los Angeles.