Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EXODE





Exode is a short film directed by Kathleen Cartier, Sandrine Gimenez, Nicolas Mrikhi, Baptiste Roy, and Thomas Saez. Well, that's... not a great sign. A virtual army directed this eight minute short film (or more likely six minutes, not counting credits)? Too many hands, people. Too many hands... Y'see, it's been my experience, at least when it comes to short films, the more cooks you have the kitchen, the worse the cake. Let's hope they buck the trend this time. Also, and this isn't meant as a reflection on the possible quality of the short film or anything, but apparently this one is French too. It seems like I run into a lot of genre short film from France.

I don't know why. It's weird. The French love their short films, I guess.

Anyway, here's the synopsis: One march ends, a journey begins. In a desert land, the last breath of a giant creature spurs the exodus of an entire people.

...What?



This was all right. An interesting idea. Nice set-up. Nice world. Good designs, especially the various animals. Bottom line, the film is well executed and good looking, despite the fact it has the distinct feel of a senior film project. It wasn't great or anything, but it was definitely all right. Mostly it was kind of interesting to look at. I liked the idea, and I liked the look, but given the choice, I would rather see that kind of thing merged with an equally interesting story. However, I've got to give some kudos to the Director Brigade for actually devoting almost a full seven and a half minutes of their eight minute running time to the story, which is almost unheard of, so that was kind of cool.

Eh... not bad,
Jon


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