Quick Hit: Quick and gets right to the point… of the KNIFE!
I love shorts. They’re one of my favorite parts about becoming a reviewer – before then, my exposure to them was rare. Now, I get the privilege to review them enough that I can rarely keep up with them. For example, it took me far too long to get to The First Date, a five minute film directed and written by Adam Weber. The film consists of an unnamed man who seemingly is being stood up on a blind date. However, there’s more that is going on behind the scenes.
The First Date does what a short should – sets up the story in the first minute, and lets the rest of the film focus on moving things forward. As the story takes what feels like an unexpected turn, there is some absolutely terrific gore effects Leigh Madden, especially considering the small budget of the film. There’s some that aren’t perfect, but as the film moves quickly, you don’t notice all the issues unless you watch it two or three times (which I did). But man, some of the effects are devastatingly nauseating. Kudos to that team.
I also liked the use of different shots away from the action, like the blood dripping. Normally this isn’t for me, but I thought it did a good job of continuing to set the scene, even when there was a need to cut away from the action.
I think the film is a fun little short – I’m going to give it a “B”.
For more on this film, check out IMDB.
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