So this is the 48 Hour Film that won Audience Choice in our group, wrenching the validation I so crave from my small, girlish hands.
Seriously though, you can see why it won — and again, why I voted for it. The Steadicam shot is extremely well-executed, smooth all the way through with no bumps; throughout the film the camera and blocking are creating new frames that are all very nice.
Also worth noting, I never saw a camera shadow. And the actors did a really good job of not shadowing each other. For a shoot at a time with such long shadows (I’m guessing it was around 4PM), that’s pretty impressive.
There are no “clunkers” in the dialogue, at least nothing that can’t be excused for the short writing window, and the performances are all really strong. You’d expect a line or two to be below par but it got into the film because the rest of the take was good; but here, all the performances are solid.
The music toes the line between “catchy” and “repetitive”, but I think it stays on the right side of “catchy”, and gives a good pace to the film. It’s also a very active film, without any real dead time. Which is pretty impressive since it covers a lot of ground and it’s mostly just following a guy walking.
It gets a little cute at the end, but it’s forgivable. All in all, you can tell the director knows what he’s doing. It’s worth studying — and for a 48 Hour Film, that’s damn impressive.
I liked it when it screened, I’m glad it won Audience Choice, and I’m glad it’s up on YouTube so I can share it with you guys. Enjoy.