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10 November 2010 (UK)  »

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All about the last ten seconds (SPOILERS)
16 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Inspired by the visual trickery of the "find the ball under the three cups" routine, this short film challenges you to follow the ball under three cups. Like me, you will do this because it is a natural thing to do – to try and beat the system even though you know full well that it is a trick and simply being able to follow the cup is not really going to be able to give you the solution. Normally the outcome is you lose money and wonder how they did it but in this short film the reveal is bigger than that as the entire shot turns out to have been one big illusion.

With literally 10-15 seconds left, the camera pans sideways to reveal that all of the objects in the background are in different planes and that even the presence of the hands is subject to perspective trickery. It is a satisfying reveal and one that made me rewind and watch those final few seconds again to really appreciate the work that went into the construction. It is a shame that the meat of the short really comes in the final few seconds but it is a nice effect that makes you watch again and I appreciated that it didn't milk the build up for too long.

It is a very short film indeed and the bit of it that you'll want to watch a few more times is really the final 15 seconds, but it is smartly done and quite satisfying.


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