«Much of the time watching this film I thought, "interesting", "fascinating"... But it's more of an aural work than a visual one. The monologue is powerful and grips you, but it's not served particularly well by the visual components. The concept is a simple one, and difficult to execute well to deliver the full impact of the words - especially with the TM tools. But I think if expression is difficult to achieve with TM, the use of symbolism is viable option. In this work, both visual expression and symbolism could have done so much more to support the stirring words. In this case they just suffice. Regardless of all that, I found this to be a very good expressive film as a whole, one that kept me in thought for quite a while after watching it. That's great work.»
«Interesting movie, though it could have been explored further.
Story/Script: The man's story is pretty realistic, and I can understand how he may feel. The premise here is good. However, he seems to be repeating the same thing over and over: "I need help, who will care if I die? etc., etc." We could have explored deeper into his life, though maybe it's meant to be just a supplementary.
Screenplay: I was a bit put-off by the pixel-y quality of the video, though I can't really offer and solution there. The camera seemed a bit strangely angled, very parallel to the ground, often not focused directly on the subject. Sometimes this can be used well, but too often here. Close-ups are also a must.
Acting: The guy's voice was a bit whiny, though I could detect some actual emotion in them. Perhaps a little too nasally...
Sets: Another problem is the use of just a black screen as the background. I know it may have been to add to the movie, but it really got boring after a while. You could use more diverse sets to maybe add color and a surreal element to your story.
Music: Maybe a little too much like "muzak", the electric drum I think is what did it.
Overall, this is a well made short which offers a nice introspective into a troubled man's life, though it would be nice to see more of it and some surrealism to give you something that would stay in your head for a long time.
The character in this film has had a rough ride; a military career cut short by injury, two failed marriages, debt problems and the prospect of losing his job (which he hates) as well as his car. Very few friends and an unloving family prompt him to ask the question "why bother? Who'll remember me?" So - topping himself seems to be the only solution....
... what nobody seems to have told this self-piteous character is that there's always somebody worse off than he is - like 90% of the human population of planet Earth for example. On one glorious night, he managed to beat 250 million other sperm to the egg and get born 9 months later into the richest country in the world (I'm presuming he's in the US) where foraging for food means reaching for the top shelf in the supermarket! A cosmic lottery winner against stupefying odds.
"Now I just survive" he moans, unaware that for most of our species this is a big achievement on a daily basis. So while I can identify with why he's not having much fun, the old adage "be thankful for what you've got" springs to mind. So I sympathise with this character - but not too much.
Nice visual style in this film with a sort of faded edges effect reminiscent of old paper showing its age. Well chosen shots too as we journey through his head and see the characters he knows/has known and a representation of his life's events.
The music is also effectively used and appropriate.
I suppose the best value a film like this has is to remind depressed people that they've got an easy time in comparison, especially when you consider that this character is comparatively well-off compared to the 18-hour-a-day sweat-shop workers of most of the world, and those whose daily journey involves walking two miles to obtain dirty water for the sole purpose of making it to tomorrow.»
«The bookends are creepy, a plea for help or a movie element giving the flick an immediacy and reality that the middle doesnt provide? I echo the other sentiments here concerning seeking out help if this is indeed autobiographical and needed (in this forum - expression with no filter- we just dont know). That said, I really dig the middle with the depictions of action while the main character continues his dialogue which is a classic elemement of film (breaking the audience barrier). Easily the most effective example of this I have seen done with this software. Gives it a wonderfully fresh effect and is very well done.»
«Very powerful and emotive stuff. Personally, I found the narrative more effecting than the visuals. You could have left just a blank screen and narrated over the top and the end result would still have been just as powerful.
I don't know if this film is autobiographical in any way but, if it is, then I hope this is the first step on the road to recovery and better things. We've all been there, not necessarily identical situations, but we've all had our dark days when there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. But things can and do get better. Sometimes a little bit of help might be required but, all the same, things will improve.
I hope that if things aren't already looking up for you, then they soon will be. Good luck.»
«Very immerive experience. Pushing aside my concerns at how very heartfelt and real this felt, I'm impressed by the level of creativity shown in putting these feelings forward. I got a kick out of the depiction of the ex-wives. I think everyone has felt some of these emotions on occasion (some occasions longer than others) and can relate to this movie. Feeling a nice warm breeze on a cool spring day (hey, it's almost spring) perked me up today and reminded me of just how good it is just to be - without purpose or reaosn or meaning. Just being. I sincerely hope that if help is needed, it is sought and found.»
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