Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Phoenix 9





Phoenix 9 is the debut of German film-making team of Amir Reichart (director and editor) and Peer Gopfrich (writer and producer). Apparently, the idea behind this short film is that it would act as proof-of-concept for a feature length screenplay by Peer Gopfrich. Now, maybe it's just me, but... has this idea ever paid off? Has a proof-of-concept short film ever sold a movie? I don't see how it could. It seems like the lack of real resources--the unavoidably amateurish result of DIYing a high concept sci-fi film--would only muddy up the vision of how it would work as a studio film. It really seems like this proof-of-concept idea mostly only pops up because people sometimes get too eager to get to their dream, they lack the patience to wait and put in the work, to do their time, and they end up jumping the gun. To me, it seems like you'd be better off in the long run if you just focused on making the script as tight as you can, rather than trying to reach the sun with a stepladder, y'know?

But whatever... what do I know?

Anyway, here's the synopsis: After a global nuclear war has turned earth into a scorched wasteland, a struggling group of survivors discovers a secret installation that offers a new beginning - but not without a catch...

Oh, a catch, you say? Let's watch...


Not bad, I guess... but for 22 minutes, I honestly saw very little in the way of any characters or world-building stuff that really stood out. I did like some of the tech stuff the characters casually used, that was done pretty well, but otherwise...? What's the hook? And does the movie start from the ending, after the twist? Or would the way the short film ended be the actual ending of the movie as well? I think it's fair to say that the most interesting part of the entire short film would be the reaction to, and the fallout from, the twist at the end, but could that drive a whole movie? And if so, doesn't this all end up as wasted time basically? I don't know.

We'll see, I guess,
Jon

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