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Gumdrop (2012) Short Film: Kerry Conran, Stephen Lawes, Venti Hristova

22 November 2012 9:00 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Gumdrop Short Film. Kerry Conran, Stephen Lawes‘ Gumdrop (2012) short film stars Venti Hristova and is a Wigs creation. Gumdrop‘s plot synopsis: “The 27-year old Bulgarian actress has appeared in films with Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin, and now she’s auditioning for a new film with someone called TikTok…A robot’s life story emerges during [...]

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- Rollo Tomasi

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SFotD: A Robot Dances with Fred Astaire in ‘Gumdrop’

19 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? This delightful short film makes good use of current CGI to embed a robot named Gumdrop (who’s 27 years old and Bulgarian) into scenes with Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire. It’s a keen exercise in visuals, and the main character is a joy to watch, brimming with a kind of sweet enthusiasm and earning bonus points for being a big Buster Keaton fan. The platform for getting to know her is an interview/audition where her answers spring to antique life. The story itself is a bit jumbled, built with a mish-mash of styles where writer/director Kerry Conran and director Stephen Lawes seemed to understand the novelty of a robot doing The Charleston but weren’t quite sure how to showcase it. The most curious example might be silent film title cards placed before a modern setting. The result is a bit loose (why there’s an animated Jaws sequence amidst the rest »

- Cole Abaius

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