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5 Short Films by Spencer Anderson - Ranked

Film Feature by Jason Knight


#5 - Line of Sight

★★★ Directed by: Spencer Anderson Written by: Jamie B-Brown Starring: Bertie Taylor Smith, Holly Ashman

5 Short Films by Spencer Anderson - Ranked

A lonely man is obsessed with a young woman. Francis (Smith) is a socially awkward young man who appears to fancy Erica (Ashman), a friendly girl who works at a cinema. He follows her around and takes pictures of her without her knowing. Finally, he decides to approach her, however, things will take a dramatic turn. This short is kind of a stalker thriller that is seen from the perspective of an unusual individual. Initially, it is not clear whether he is a good or a bad person. He secretly follows and photographs a person, yet his intentions appear to be harmless, as he seems to want to be in a relationship with her. Smith delivers a convincing performance as an isolated individual who has difficulties socialising. His love for photography appears to be a way for him to view and experience the world. Ashman is great in her role as a cheerful cinema worker. The filmmakers make effective use of slow motion and the dramatic music helps create the appropriate atmosphere. This is a dramatic story and one that explores themes of obsession and loneliness. It raises awareness of autism and presents challenges that people with social difficulties have to face.


#4 - April

★★★★ Directed by: Spencer Anderson Written by: Jamie B-Brown, Spencer Anderson Starring: Ruby Rae, Oscar King, Cara Kealy

April short film review

In a hostile, post-apocalyptic world, a man escorts his daughter to a place called 'The Vale'. This short science fiction drama introduces the viewer to a world where danger seems to be constant. The story is told from the perspective of a family, whose members are forced to try to survive in that place. These people are Jordan, the father (King), Natalie, the mother (Kealy) and April, the daughter (Rae), who possesses extraordinary abilities. The three of them live in a hidden location in the wilderness and one day, Jordan and April set off to locate a group of people, who will hopefully be able to help April control her powers. Although the screenplay does a decent job in terms of setting up a post-apocalyptic world, it does not explain how it happened, which is not a bad thing, however, it would have helped if there was some form of explanation. The main focus is the relationship between the father and his daughter. The two of them have their differences, however, it becomes obvious that they care deeply for each other. The performances are great, and the three protagonists are convincing in their roles as good-hearted individuals attempting to survive in a harsh world. The film benefits from a beautiful and sentimental score and a special mention goes to Renato Solca for the visual effects. This short is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi that is a story about a journey that is filled with emotion and explores themes of parenting, survival and self-discovery.


#3 - Super-Being

★★★★ Directed by: Spencer Anderson Written by: Spencer Anderson, Dale Dandridge, Jamie B-Brown, Moyo Taylor Starring: Zachary Coleman, Juke Hardy, Nate Barker, Issie Caird

Super-Being film review

An individual who has supernatural powers is being pursued by sinister people. This science-fiction thriller explores the life of a person with otherworldly abilities. The nonlinear narrative travels through time between scenes that show the protagonist as a young man and scenes that show him as a child. The audience sees the passing of his mother, his attempts to live a normal life and the efforts he makes in order to deal with the people who are after him. There is drama, shooting, life-threatening situations and the sense of an individual who is lost, who seems to be unable to find peace. Much of the story is accompanied by narration by the main character, as he talks about his life and his words are emotional and sound philosophical. Jermaine Wills and Filipas Proskurinas do an amazing job with the cinematography and the atmospheric score is a big plus. Although this is interesting viewing, it might have benefited if the hero's powers were explained more effectively. Nevertheless, this short is an emotional and tense ride about loss and self-discovery.


#2 - Satellites

★★★★ Directed by: Spencer Anderson Written by: Spencer Anderson Starring: Tamzin Murray

Satellites UK Film Review

An astronaut is by herself, on another planet. This beautiful and emotional short focuses on a young woman (Murray), who has found herself on an uncharted planet and attempts to navigate through it on foot. The mise-en-scene in this drama effectively brings the viewer into the science fiction genre. The protagonist wears a spacesuit, there is a spaceship and she is on a distant, unknown planet. Regarding the narrative, there is not much of that and it is the images and narration that keep the audience engaged. The viewer observes the woman as she walks through the planet, wearing her spacesuit. She is the only person in the film and there is a strong feeling of isolation. Her voice-over refers to issues about life and the meaning of existence and listening to her is quite thought-provoking. Ben Hardy worked on the cinematography and editing and does a great job. The decision to utilise the track Surrender It by Delectatio was excellent as it is a wonderful and very calming peace that creates a peaceful atmosphere. This is a story that focuses on one person's philosophical perspective regarding life. On the surface it is a sci-fi, however it is more than that and explores themes of isolation and self-discovery.


#1 - Fallen

★★★★★ Directed by: Spencer Anderson Written by: Spencer Anderson Starring: Zachary Coleman, Michael Watts

Fallen film review

This short drama was inspired by the reminiscences of Gilbert Bradley, who was a British soldier who exchanged letters with his male partner while he was fighting World War II. Through a nonlinear narrative, this emotional war film tells the story of a forbidden romantic relationship and how these two people tried to keep in touch during the war. Approximately the first half consists of the reading of a letter that was written by one man and addressed to the other and the second half is the opposite. Both contents of the letters are told through a voice-over that comes from the one who wrote it. Their words are passionate and full of emotion, clearly indicating the love that they feel for each other. The narration is accompanied by many brief scenes that depict the lives of the two partners, including one man in a library, reading a letter, scenes of combat, a bonfire and the two men together. The scenes and the voice-over make it all a rather moving watch. With its narrative structure, the film almost feels like a ten-minute-long trailer, which is not a negative element but a rather interesting storytelling technique. Jermaine Will provides wonderful cinematography and the emotional score goes very well with the scenes and voice-over. The mise-en-scene also deserves a lot of praise as it effectively creates a Second World War atmosphere. This is an emotional ride that is very heavy on emotions and explores a romance that is being torn apart by war. It is a beautiful story about love, separation and war and it deserves recognition. #JasonKnight


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