Amar follows a 14 year-old Indian boy at the top of his class who would someday like to be a professional cricketer. He also happens to be his family’s main breadwinner, working two jobs six and half days a week. But, this film isn’t an analysis of Amar’s misery or an expose on his suffering. No, it’s instead a quiet celebration of the human spirit–of a boy whose tenacity and quiet resolve carry him through every day. The system may be broken, but Amar’s spirit certainly isn’t.
Narrative has become somewhat of an over-looked aspect of filmmaking in recent years, with short films often seeming to focus on aesthetics first and then worry about story later. However, Gabriel Bisset Smith’s short Thrush appears to slap this theory in the face by almost scrapping visual style altogether and adopting a scrapbook look of one man’s photo collection. Opting instead to present a strong narrative with a personal feel to his film adding multitudes to his film’s effectiveness.
Which Short of the Week captured your attention more? The beauty and mechanism of life shown through Amar or the style, narrative and power of still movie making displayed in Thrush?
This is a film by budding Irish film maker Ciaran Mcillhatton. The piece which was made in four days on a shoe string budget has been getting good reviews in the Belfast Film Festival.
Unknown to the mainstream, Ciaran a trained Physicist, has been steadily making progress within the underground film industry in Northern Ireland, a budding film industry with the emergence of Game of Thrones and the infamous Titanic Studios.
I asked Ciaran what camera he used to shoot the video and this was his response “on a Panasonic GH2. 14mm – 140mm f4.0-5.6 and 14mm f2.5 with wide angle adapter to 11mm lenses”… This level of detail is what many believe will boost Ciaran into the mainstream or that sub genre of film currently occupied by films such as Christoper Nolan’s Memento and Inception and most recently Danny Boyle’s Trance.
Ciaran describes working on the piece below:
“I tried making the piece as accurate to the final scene of Memento as possible. By trying to work out how to match the shots and style as close as possible it forces you to think about every aspect of the set up such as Lighting, lens choice and camera movement. After doing that you see the amount of effort required to make each shot look the way it does then you can see the reasons why the director chose to film this way and then understand the type of lighting, lenses and angles adds to the plot and unraveling of the story”.
Also as the piece was made for a competition and only had four days to work on producing it for the deadline, some of the audio and video quality is “not great” however Ciaran has started working on the proper edit recently and it will be ready very soon.
Although the film is not properly edited or finished, there must be a level of appreciation for the styles and quality of some of the shots in the film. Also the backdrop of the whole piece is authentic and very close to the original.
You can also tell from his work that Ciaran is a trained Physicist by trade therefore Directors such as Christoper Nolan and Danny Boyle and directors who dabble in the filming the subconscious may beware as one day the student may most certainly become the master.
Everything about this film looks wrong yet still extremely compelling. Like a car crash that you don’t really want to see but you look anyway.
Apparently based on a tue story it makes it seem that bit more chilling. Only out in the UK this week it has been getting great reviews. Hopefully it adds a new dimension to the horror genre which has become increasingly stale, repetitive and over commercialised.
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