Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mech: Human Trials


Here's a couple of short films for you to watch... well, they're actually connected, so it's really more like one short film in two different places, especially because one is less than a minute long. Whatever... Here's some short films! And they're supposed to be good ones too. In fact, based off the strength of this particular venture Writer, Director, and Producer Patrick Kalyn has apparently landed a deal to turn the whole kit and caboodle into a feature length film, but who knows what that means, maybe something, maybe nothing. So first up--from Kalyn's site Don'tDoMech.com--is a mock PSA that teases the short film...


Huh. It's a little on-the-nose, sure. And it's more of a teaser obviously then an actual take-off on a real PSA, but it looks good. Kind of a cliche tease end-beat there, but whatever. Anyway... next up is the short film itself. Here's the official synopsis:

After a serious accident, a man is introduced to a designer street drug promising to restore his ravaged body. Desperate to mend himself, he becomes consumed by the drug - only to discover it is threatening his humanity.

Hmmm... Sounds interesting. Let's take a look.



Not bad. Interesting ideas. Looks good, kind of TV-ish, quality-wise, but not bad. The dialogue leaves a bit to be desired, but then subtlety wasn't a real strong point of the PSA either, so no real surprise there. Plus, after watching it, I suspect it might not be fair to try to hold it to any kind of real story standards. I mean, is it a short film or is it more of a show reel? Like I said above, Patrick Kalyn did get a feature deal off of this supposedly, so maybe he got what he needed from it. Plus, y'know... it doesn't really tell a story at all.

You know the weirdest thing I've noticed about a lot of these short films? Their synopsis usually turns out to be completely full of shit. Almost as if they're from a different movie. Or at least, a longer one. I mean: Accident? What accident? He's desperate to mend himself? Maybe I missed a brief mention at the beginning, because the majority of the film didn't seem concerned with anything like that at all.

What do you think?

Jon

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