Directed by Ryan Jamison
Starring Trevor Adolf, Josh Goodman, Jonah Rook, Matt Hanzek and Conner Dwelly
Short Film Review by Rachel Pullen
Think back, or forward depending on your age, to when you were 16, what were you doing?
If you were anything like me, you were a champagne billionaire, sipping on the gold juice of life and entertaining many loose ladies with your quips and quick wit, and while that may have been satisfying and very rewarding I didn’t do anything that could be considered skillful...like oh I don’t know, make movies, and not just dumb movies on your phone of you lighting farts on fire, but legit actual movies.
So welcome to the stage Ryan Jamison who at 16 already has a catalogue of short films with his name on, and if that’s not enough he also writes and edits all of his work, it’s pretty easy to say that Jamison is a very driven young man.
Short film Facade is the next addition to his ever-growing list of flicks and it follows the story of a group of high school students in Canada and the problems that they face in a day.
We have the stereotypical groups that we as an audience have become so accustomed to seeing from any high school movie: the jocks, the bullies, the loners, the popular girls, we have seen it all before but Jamison chooses to take us deep into these student worlds, focusing on one from those cliques and seeing how they deal with daily high school life.
The tales that each of these characters are involved in are highly believable, Jamison has made a very mature decision in allowing the reality of the students' lives to be entertainment enough, and that simply by having a good script behind these storylines is strong enough to carry the film.
It’s clear from the start that Jamison has put a lot of thought in to locations, into camera angles and making the most of what he has at his disposal, we have to remember that at 16 years old Facade is clearly made on a budget, but his knowledge of filmmaking as well as his equipment has allowed him to produce a professional and aesthetically pleasing piece of cinema.
This is an impressive piece and not just because of Jamison’s age, it’s enjoyable and true, a short that throws us head first into the anxiety, but also the romance that the world possesses during our teenage years, so watch out Hollywood, this teenage prodigy is working his way up the ladder.