Thursday, June 30, 2016

Battery Life



Today's film is called BATTERY LIFE, and it looks like it might be about Stop-Motion robots, which is always pretty cool. I grew up on the many, many films that Ray Harryhausen helped bring to life, from Jason and The Argonauts, to Clash of the Titans, to the old Sinbad films, and on and on, so I'm always down for a little stop-motion. Plus, who doesn't love robots? Not me. The writer/director of this particular film is named Justin Nixon, and this looks like it might be his only credit, so that's about all I can say about him and his film.

Here's what he has to say about his film though: "Battery Life is our introduction. A film to say, “Here we are.” We are a team of people willing and able to work hard for something we believe in, something we think is really cool. And we did just that. On a budget of only $5000 (crowdfunded and out of pocket), we created this ten minute, thirty-five second stop motion film."

Sounds eager and inspiring.

Here's the synopsis: Set in a dystopian desert landscape, a robot family, through the test of tragedy, discovers a dark secret hidden behind the doctrine of a preacher.

Well, all right then, let's get to it...



Nice.

That was good. There were well-defined characters with strong motivations, and a story that brought some real emotion too, which is extra impressive once you consider the fact that the story revolves around little light-up robot dolls. It's even more impressive when you consider that it was made for only $5000. On top of all that, this is also a good example of the type of tightly-focused storytelling that is necessary when making a short film. Get in, tell your tale, get out. You just don't have much room to spread your narrative around, so I appreciate them keeping it close, and then bringing it all back around to the start at the end.

Although, there was one little thing that nagged at me...

I can't help but wonder: What caused the accident? Was it the Dad? Was it just me, or did the story seem to insinuate that the Dad was responsible? And if he wasn't, what happened? I mean, I obviously saw the end result, but upon seeing the rest of their immediate world... what the hell happened to the kid? It doesn't really matter, I guess, because that's not the point of the story, merely the inciting incident, but I just kind of wondered.

A story for another day, maybe.

Until nest time,
Jon

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