Short Film Reviews – FOR ASSESSMENT

To help me in my writing of a short film I have been looking at other short films to give me some inspiration. These are a few of my favourite ones I have found from around the web.

This is an adorable animation made by a student completing his masters thesis at the School Of Visual Arts in New York. It brilliantly keeps your attention throughout by not quite revealing what exactly is going on until the end. The cute character keeps the interest even when you haven’t got a clue what’s going on with his cute little mannerisms and quirks he has. After the film has ended you are left in a mixture of feelings, you are filled with happiness at the joy the little Kiwi has got by experiencing flight but then ask yourself, what happened when he went through the clouds? Although the film doesn’t say your imagination can fill in the details, which is quite upsetting. This is a brilliant example of a film which can be carried on its story alone and doesn’t rely on amazing visuals and state of the art animation.

Goodbye to the Normals 

Goodbye to the Normals is a film about a little boy called Magnus. Like all little children, who dream of running away from home. The difference is, he’s packed, ready to go and seems to have a plan in place. I thought this was a brilliant film with a clever script and great actors. The conversation between the father and Magnus is done in a way to make the father seem like he is the one who has everything wrong and doesn’t know what he’s talking about. One part of the conversation involves the father trying to appeal to the boys young age only to be told he is being stupid. I liked the idea of the script being the part of the film which keeps your attention, I’m not sure I’d be able to do this because it requires a certain skill in conversation that, to be honest, I don’t think I have.

Where Have I Been All Your Life

This short film features James Corden which helps massively to add humour to the film. It takes the quite serious situation of someone trying to find their birth father and turns it into a hilarious sequence of escalating events including the separation of a couple that have been together for 30 years. One of the cleverest scenes in this film is when the characters Angela and John are splitting up and using Liam as a messenger to talk to each other even though their in the same room, the messages get increasingly crude and personal and Liam eventually gets far too into the anger in the messages. I really liked this film as a whole because I was interested the whole way through and it kept up humour with some great acting and line -delivery.

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