I guess it’s natural to be dismissive of home movies. We generally like our entertainment to be shiny and smooth-looking, qualities generally absent from the grainy outputs of our wannabe auteur friends.
For the technical purist, La Trobe Student Film and Theatre’s Short Flicks, would have been an unmitigated disaster. In the time it took to watch the 9 shorts, you would have learned a lot about how not to shoot a film.
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Not being a friend’s home screening, slipping out for a drink midway wasn’t an option. Sitting through it was the only polite thing to do, besides being the only option. Slinking out unnoticed from the middle row of a cinema is actually very hard to do.
By now, I would’ve made a fair number of new enemies with the above review, but wait seething friends, there’s more!
Films are more than just dollies and good lighting and good, levelled sound, it’s also about the story.
Technique has to come paired Tale. We end up with Avatar otherwise.
The short films screened at Short Flicks offered many different stories to the viewers. The coordinators selected very well, and judging by the audience’s reaction, their efforts were much appreciated.
The beauty of the short film format is the flexibility to experiment and really be out there, without having to really worry about trivial matters like continuity, plausibility and the like.
The shorts on show demonstrated this. The final selection covered a wide range of genres, from bro-coms to surrealist love stories. There were few dull moments in the program.
WHAT WE LIKED:
Built around the simple premise of being slusheed by a masked stalker, George Lingard’s beautifully shot tale of suspense plays on the paralysing dread we feel when facing predictably bad days.
In the dark
Is there a term for human-furniture romance? This short film follows the budding romance between a girl and a desk lamp. A surreal love story set in the suburbs, we see how everything just wants to be loved.
Almost like a stoner movie of two bros writing each other’s eulogies. Almost.