Quick Hit: My first micro short is fun but doesn’t go far enough for me.
This was a good choice for me to watch, as I’m currently trying to find the time and the finances to go get another tattoo. It’s a micro short, with this one being right at a minute long. It essentially features a story of some nefarious dealings that occur behind the scenes of a tattoo parlor.
One of the things about a micro short – EVERYTHING has to go right, right away, because there’s no time for anything to go wrong. Where Michael Wong, director of this short, succeeds, he is extremely successful – the coloration of the short is fantastic. The cold open with the women on the chair getting a tattoo is perfect to set the scene. But I didn’t like the quick bleed (pun unintended) into the screaming, trapped people. One key shot seems to have been missing – it could have just been the Tattooist walking out of the room – that would have served as a nice transition.
I also wasn’t huge on the dancing at the end either, but what do I know? I’m just an old curmudgeon sometimes.
Wong has created a short that is strong on ideas and visuals, even if it wasn’t my favorite. I’m giving it a “B-“.
For more on this film, check out IMDB.
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