To Claire; From Sonny is a film about a teenage boy trying to navigate the limbo he’s left in after his first relationship. The most striking thing is the visuals. There are some pretty shots and neat techniques filmed in this. The story is simple but there’s a narrative trick here and there to break it up.
The Nice Girl is a short about social interactions with strangers, and key personality traits. Can get uncomfortable at times because it’s hard to tell how the characters will act. Unfortunately this is due to the unrealistic nature of the short, more than good writing. It may speak to you, it may not, but my the end of the film the message comes off in a silly manner.
The opening of Secret sparks which looks to be a beautiful and artistic film, before jarringly throwing you into the fire. A simple and unfortunately realistic portrayal of an English school boy hanging on in quiet desperation. Not easy to sit through, it’s bound to emotionally draw you in, in the same way that many films try and fail to do.
Run With Me has the unique distinction of being a short film based on a true story. It’s the classic underdog story, this one about a high school kid with cerebral palsy trying to do what the other kids do. The most standout thing about this short is definitely the acting of the lead. He played the part very well, and made his character believable.
Run With Me tries to tug on your emotions, and it does just that. Though in a cheesy and kind of cliche way.
Scars is an intriguing, well acted, thought provoking, emotional short that I wanted to go on much longer. The main character deserved her own movie, or at least a 30 minute film. Not much else to say about it, you just have to see it yourself.
A Lonely Silence doesn’t have much of a plot or story, it’s instead a mood piece. It’s goal is to draw you into the world, feelings, and emotions of the protagonist and to care about her. Even though there’s nothing waiting on the other side, the small journey you’re supposed to take with this character is a successful one.
Visually the film is impressive, particularly a really nice shot of the character sitting on her bed.
The Quarry opens with a nice combination that it manages to keep for the film. The camera has a lot of energy, but the music and characters are light and easy going. The story telling is very visual, but there’s just as much focus on the dialogue. The story is simple, straightforward, and something we’ve all seen before, but the directing makes it well worth the watch.
Old West opens with a wide shot of a western(Texas?) landscape immediately followed by a close-up of a match lighting a pipe, setting the visual mood for the film. Nearly every shot in this is impressive, the wide ones, the close up of faces, the pans, and the zoom ins. There’s definitely a Sergio Leone influence here. The plot is nothing new, it’s pretty straight forward and simple, along with the characters and dialogue. That’s not what matters here, what is to be noted is the fact that there’s enough emotion(a lot of it visual) in each scene to keep your attention throughout the 18 minute run time.
Expo opens with a woman in a landed spaceship on the moon recieving the news that her daughter has just died. This scene only last for about a minute, yet it lingers on for the next twelve that are in the film. It never rises above that, or goes anywhere else. The idea for a futurist space film where the science is second to the characters and human experience, is of course good. It’s the execution that’s bad, Expo feels like a cheap play on emotions. One emotional, dramatic scene in a 13 minutue short is fine. Three or four though, is pushing it. Especially with the unbalanced and hardly belivable characters.
Wih that being said, the set and sceneary of this film that takes place on the moon is impressive. However it takes a backseat to the overly soapy story, and isn’t nearly enough to over compensate for it.
Within the first few seconds it becomes apparent that Awake, unlike most short films, is about to take you on a visual journey. It does just that. Following the narrator from his house to the beach, everywhere in between, and then back again. The audience isn’t dragged along though, instead we’re gracefully carried. What’s not apparent though, is what kind of story we’re in. The mood and tone of the first half is done in a way that it’s hard to know exactly what genre it’s ultimately gonna be. Drama, satire, mystery, or possibly all of the above? And while you may get to the end of Awake and think that you’ve seen it before. It wont matter thanks to the impressive directing. If you’re like me you’re already gonna be compelled to watch it again. If not, then I suggest you reconsider.