VIMEO Awards 2012: Conclusion

This is not a review, ok? After posting for twelve straight days, i took a day off to spare my soul, which ended up with a huge hangover in the day after and lead to this post afterwards.

If you haven’t kept up on our schedule, here it is for you to fresh up:

19/05: The Ghosts, by Eddie O’Keefe; (read)
20/05: Prologue, by Bradley W. Ragland; (read)
21/05: Webcam, by Zbros Productions; (read)
22/05: A Bitch, by Matthew Miller; (read)
23/05: Left Right, by Tom Willems; (read)
24/05: The Hive, by Blind Aura Pictures; (read)
25/05: Hooked, by Stuart Howe; (read)
26/05: Pothound, by Christopher Guinness; (read)
27/05: The Division of Gravity, by Rob Chiu; (read)
28/05: Blinky™, by Ruairi Robinson; (read)
29/05: Human Beings, by Jonathan Entwistle; (read)
30/05: Ham Sandwich, by Dave Green. (read)

Short of Stories is not a reviews’ blog, although we use them to point at different difficulties inside the short film narrative. It’s all about learning.

I’ll try to keep it short and list my favorite films reviewed for this series and what can we can await to learn from them. Remember that we’re reviewing the films based on their scripts only (or at least how we can visualize them via the film itself), so if that beautifully shot film is in the bottom of the list, means it probably doesn’t have a good story.

1. The Ghosts, by Eddie O’Keefe: Superb use of voice-over, quite straightforward narrative beating up one of the greatest challenges in short film: development. The Ghosts is not about an event, but about characters. About a world. This film achieves what you hardly expect from a short film.

2. Left Right, by Tom Willems: Great use of nonlinear narrative, doing the way it is supposed to be. The technical qualities of this film are outstanding. There two films are in the top because they tell their stories with very distinctive ways and do it perfectly well.

3. Ham Sandwich, by Dave Green: The only comedy on the list is welldone enough to reach the top 3. Ham Sandwich is not innovative, its idea is not even distinguish, but the approach is really good. You should read this further to understand the advantages of the Magical Amulet plot.

4. The Hive, Blind Aura Pictures: Somewhat this is the most ordinary add to the list. You don’t need to break all the rules to end up with a great story. The Hive is pretty much straightforward linear three-act storytelling.

5. Blinky, by Ruairi Robinson: Great set-up. Blinky has a great example of how dialogue should grow instead of pop up on your situations.

6. Human Beings, by Jonathan Entwistle: The failure of this short is that it takes too long to develop his story properly. It’s a great idea for a short, that’s for sure,  but some details haunt it.

7. Pothound, by Christopher Guinness: Best camera work of the list. Main issue with this film is that it fits more properly as a campaign film (after all, it is one of those). As narrative we learnt how we should to make our character’s actions credible.

8. Hooked, by Stuart Howe: The bad examples start now, this one is a decent film, yet fails to use nonlinear structure properly. This is also a big bowl of cliches.

9. Webcam, by Zbros Productions: It’s credibility all over again, with human beings at real situations this time. Which just make it all look worst.

10. A Bitch, by Matthew Miller: This is a lesson on how not to set up your film. Disappointing because the story has some potential, yet comes up way too late.

11. Prologue, by Bradley W. Ragland: How not to use voice-over. Interesting view on referencing your favorite filmmakers, gotta be careful doing so.

12. The Division of Gravity, by Rob Chiu: All the issues we have been talking about, reunited! Cliché, bad use of voice-over, poor narrative. This is the full treatment.

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