I Am Will Smith
This time the rules were:
- No dialogue, no spoken words (except in very rare cases, but should not be understandable).
- No text cards with dialogue.
- No text cards telling what happens or what happened.
- 15 minutes max.
- NTSC DVD-5
Great little short. I Am Legend was a fairly average movie with some good scenes. The film was well set up, but the laughable Darkseekers and weak ending left a bad taste in your mouth.
The editor here has done a great job of using material from the stronger section of the film to create a simple short story about a man, seemingly the last, with only a dog for company. Is there something sinister going on? Or is isolation beginning to affect his mind? It's left ambiguous, as it should be.
Those who watch this and feel cheated in terms of the narrative shouldn't be. Short films are not meant to do the job of feature films in a fraction of the time. They are an experimental format, often used to explore ideas. This is one such short, and it was thoroughly enjoyed.
Side note: My only qualm, which is purely preferential, is I was surprised (given the subject matter) that the editor didn't make use of any of the scenes involving the mannequins. Although, I imagine doing so may have hinted too far one way in terms of Will's mental state.
Oh, and nice choice of music ;)
This was pretty cool. I especially liked that you didn’t reveal anything in the end. I haven’t seen I Am Legend in a while, but basically this would be the perfect way to structure the first act of the film if one did a full-length edit of it.
Big props for the music used. Two thumbs up on that.
Great visuals and well edited but not much of a story. And, especially with the odd placement of the credits, it felt like the first 10 minutes of a feature length film, not a self contained short film. Which I guess was the intent, but it didn't go anywhere and left too many questions to be a satisfying short.