Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Like and Follow is an animated short that is rather minimal... yet still marvellous.
There is no dialogue, but then again there is no need for it. In fact, with a two minute run time, I was very impressed with how efficiently this film was able to have an arch that made sense and a theme that was communicated clearly. Tobias Schlage & Brent Forrest not only wrote and directed this film, but were also in charge of the modelling and animation, and they’ve done an amazing job.
You can tell that a lot of thought has been put into the project; there are little details in signs and text shown in the film that add to the humour. The animation effects are simple but nicely done and the ending has been edited to make it seem as if the film is continuing whilst the credits are shown, which I think is a nice touch.
The score is continuous throughout the film and progresses from moment to moment. The music, created by David Arcus, was great; it was clam and happy when it needed to be, and exciting and fast-paced when it needed to be. The music that plays during the credits is probably my favourite section of the score.
I always think that the shorter a film is, the harder it can be for it to make a good impression on an audience member. However, Like and Follow is a genuinely funny production. And it’s even better when you discover the rather humorous and unexpected twist at the end. I’ve seen 2 hour-long comedies that have made me laugh less than this 2 minute film did!
Although, for as much comedic value Like and Follow has, the message of the film is still an important and current one. The focus is on how members of society, even children, are being overrun by a social media and technology obsession... an obsession that prevents them from experiencing the joys of human company and the natural wonders of the world around us. Even the simple pleasures of life are ignored in our media frenzies. The whole thing is slightly ironic, as you will be watching Like and Follow, and reading this review on an electronic device! Nevertheless, themes explored in Schlage and Brent’s film are relatable and truthful. Plus, Like and Follow is short, snappy and entertaining, what more could you ask for?
Find out more about the filmmaker here - http://forrest-schlage.com/