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Prelude (I) (2008)

 -  Short | Drama  -  21 March 2008 (USA)
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It follows the events leading up to a high school shooting by telling the story of how seemingly unrelated lives can intertwine and something so small can have such a dramatic effect on us all.

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It follows the events leading up to a high school shooting by telling the story of how seemingly unrelated lives can intertwine and something so small can have such a dramatic effect on us all.

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Flawed but ambitious first-film dissection of a school shooting
17 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Prelude" intertwines short segments of the lives of students and parents who are connected in an instant when they or a loved one is afflicted by a high school shooting. The film was made on a shoestring budget as Oscar Velasquez's final project at the Los Angeles Film School, but you wouldn't guess it given its impressive aesthetics. Shot on gritty 16mm by gifted D.P. Trevor Masid, the imagery mainly consists of grungy, geometric compositions that set the mood well.

Certain actors' performances fare better than others--Germaine de Leon's turn as the focal shooter in a one-line part detrimentally suffers from trivial scripting and self-indulgent delivery--but such variance is an unfortunate consequence of the constraints of making a first film. Velasquez occasionally gets a little too caught up in his narrative too, relying on a contrived situation with character Carmen (Dominique Concepcion) to carry dramatic-heft in the film's final third that comes off as exploitative when it should actually be emotionally-jarring.

Despite its flaws, "Prelude" makes for a worthy watch and a serviceable addition to a growing body of films that explore the complexities of today's youth. If you're attending this year's Temecula Valley International Film Festival, it will undoubtedly be a solid addition to your festival-schedule.

"Prelude" screens in Shorts Program III at TVIFF on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6PM and on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9PM. Writer/director Velasquez will be present for the Saturday screening.


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