– Wendy Morley –
I’m comfortable with short stories. That length of fiction has always appealed to me, being less about the bling and more about small nuances, less about plot and more about character. Short stories tend to reflect my own perception of life, that it is the moments rather than the momentous that decide who we are.
I’m a relative newcomer to the world of short films, but that is probably for the most part because they’re not all around us. They appeal to me partly in the way the short story does but also because short films allow the filmmaker to be more experimental. It takes a pretty large budget even to make a small-budget feature-length film, but relatively little for a short. This means less reliance on demanding producers and more autonomy, which is far more exciting and, I dare say, the way art should be created.
My feeling is that the short is finding its time. As a society we are becoming more accustomed to seeing short videos through youtube, social media, and even advertisements that act as short films. I predict that the short will become increasingly important in the coming years, with ample places to view it.
In this post I introduce you to Lost Face, an incredible short film with the look, feel, quality and cinematic power that normally comes only with features. Based on a story by Jack London, most famous for his book The Call of the Wild, the film shows a European fur trader using his wiles to try to avoid the grisly death planned for him by a group of Native Indians (the preferred term in Canada is First Nations). The film was adapted, shot and directed by Sean Meehan.
In introducing you to the film I’m also introducing you to a site you should know if you like short films. Shortoftheweek.com is exactly what you would think it might be – a site that features a new short film each week, and you can be assured these films are chosen well.
Click on the image below to watch the film.