Raised in a quiet Massachusetts suburb, Rick Caplan fell in love with writing fiction and watching movies as a way to pass the time. That hobby became a passion, leading him to shoot videos with his friends and inspiring him to pursue film school. After graduating from Emerson College, Rick worked in various capacities in entertainment, spending his free time writing several features and producing animated shorts. In 2011, he wrote and directed Old Stud, the first of many live action shorts that he would go on to make. Each was an exercise in finding the right angle of approach to one day complete his first feature. Rick wrote several features with the intention of independently financing, producing, and directing them, but it took time to engineer a project that could go for the amount of resources available. That project turned out to be Mr Misfortune.