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Article: Showroom Shorts #2


Showroom Shorts

I attended the second ‘Showroom Shorts’ event at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. The event showed the works of nine different northern based film makers. Some of the director’s had shown up at the event, to see how their film was received. Here is my own personal view of the shorts shown at the events.

Disclaimer: The views stated below are that solely of the writer.

Vigilante – Directed by Darren Bolton, 2008, 12 mins

Set in the quiet town of Hewson, Vigilante follows Pep, an eccentric member of a group set against stopping anti-social behaviour around the village.

With a mix of strong drama and satirical comedy, it takes no prisoners in the films quest to answer questions on actions and morality.

Plethora – Directed by Edward Kitchen, 2010, 25 mins

Plethora is a dark and chilling tale about a struggling artist who seeks psychological help when he loses his ability to paint, due to disturbing nightmares which have entered his sleep.

The night sequences in the film are some of the most chilling I have seen. Yet, all the while, these are some of the most beautiful shots throughout the film. With the right use of music, effects, lighting, location and down to earth skill, this film, in my eyes, is one of the best of the night.

The word ‘chilling’ is the best way to describe this film, as you get genuinely interested with the characters, and where the story takes us. The ending scene is one of the most chilling yet, and although raises more questions, added to already unanswered ones, leaves you longing for more.

This was one of the most impressive shorts I have seen to date.

23 Fears – Directed by Rudy Riveron Sanchez, 2010, 4 mins

A short music video for the song 23 Fears, by the band Tigers That Talked. The musical has great emphasis on ‘Weird’, as well as resonating some ‘living doll’ vibes. Once again I would like to praise the use of colour and lighting, which once again I was impressed to see good use of.

Sheffield’s Climate is Changing – Directed by Ed Cartledge, 2010, 4 mins

Sheffield’s Climate is Changing is an interesting documentary about how global warming has been effecting the city of Sheffield. I particularly liked the fact that they used children in the documentary, asking them questions about what weather they would like, and having them present the facts. As the children of today will have to deal with the effects tomorrow, this was an interesting and subtle way of putting that point across. I also would like to praise the short on being very informative and raising awareness of facts some may not be aware of, whilst keeping it relevant to the City of Sheffield.

Things We Leave Behind– Directed by Andrew Brand, 2009, 16 mins

Things We Leave Behind is a dramatic short film around the character Chris, who, when clearing out his missing fathers stuff, comes across a mysterious bell, which leads to a shocking end.

There is little dialog throughout the short, but the film makes up for it by using actions and events to tell the story and keep the audience guessing up until the unexpected revelation at the end. The acting is some of the best I saw on the night.

Some of the shots used, specifically the establishing shots taken at twilight, are, put simply, amazing, and really give an extra feel to the film.

Bench Pressed – Directed by Alice Harrand, 2010, 1 min

Benched Pressed is a 60 second short, in which two men find it hard to share their feelings with one another. This is, put simply; short, sweet and funny.

Mr Bojagi – Directed by Marco Van Belle, 2009, 10 mins

Mr Bojagi is one of the more professionally made shorts, starring well known TV personality Brian Blessid as Mr Bojagi, the owner of some sort of trade in Santa’s workshop.

There’s an air to mysteriousness even from the start. The music helps to add to the air of mysteriousness. As the film continues, we start to see the comedy aspects coming with a great script and a fantastic actor.

An air of drama also starts to creep in near the climax, but the resolve add in a nice, if not somewhat sketchy moral message, that leaves the viewer in a heart-warming mood.

The next two films was not submitted to the night, but instead chosen due to their theme of Christmas.

Christmas Morning – Directed by Greg Burke and Lou Perez, 2009, 3 mins

Christmas Morning is a dark Christmas comedy. I won’t talk much about it, but in total inappropriateness of the situation makes it impossible not to laugh.

X-Mass – Directed by Scott Flockhart, 2005, 25 mins

X-Mass is based around a young 14 year old boy named Callum,, who dresses somewhat alternatively. When he gets a special book from his aunt for Christmas, he ends up bringing his uncle back to life, though only as a zombie. Hilarity ensues.

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Written By: Liam Walters

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