To celebrate Jack London's 100th death anniversary, director Fx Goby adapted his famous novel, "To Build a Fire", tragic tale of a trapper and his dog in the freezing Yukon, into an animated short film.
A former history major, Sam, has dropped out of college for reasons she can't explain. On her 22nd birthday, she has one big wish: to feel a part of history by seeing the Patek Comet, which... See full summary »
A man enters the shower after his workout, but is soon sidetracked by a noise he cannot identify. He decides to seek out the source of the sound, and enters a situation that will leave him completely exposed.
Henry K. Norvalls
Per Magnus Barlaug,
Richard Atkins, the singer and songwriter of the early 70's California Pop Duo, 'Richard Twice' was on his way to stardom and a huge career in the music business when he mysteriously walked away from it all.
If you had to give up one of your senses, I think the vast majority of people would probably end up going for smell. Not to say it is not necessary, but just that most of us take it for granted. The strength of this film is that it relates how hard it is to actually lose it, and what is lost by it happening. Mostly the film is talking heads, but they are sharp, come across well on camera, engage with their subject, and are genuine in whatever they are saying and how they are saying it. This aspect of the film is the most interesting, and I was held by this.
Structurally the film mixes in scenes and images to avoid just showing people in a room talking. These image though are scenes that immediately capture a smell – grass being cut, for instance. They are beautifully shot, are so rich in color and movement, that the viewer can almost smell them – or at least are reminded of how great it would smell to be there. This is a simple device, but it is very effective because it pushes us to appreciate smell, while at the same time hearing the loss of those that don't have it – the mix of these two things increases the impact of the documentary.
It isn't earth-shattering perhaps, but it is engaging, looks great, and makes it point well.
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