Why Watch? The kind of camera work and effects shots that are found in Miguel Santana’s Still Falls the Rain are revelatory. We’re introduced to the story on top of the roofs of 1940s London, but we quickly swoop down to the stoop to find a homeless boy who’s about to steal some food from a bombed-out house. A police chase ensues, and the experience becomes a defining moment that sticks with him into old age.
There are a few disengaging factors based on the limitations at play, but if this is what student films look like now, school just got harder for everyone else. On the technical side, some great work is being done here. The movie itself comes with an easy kind of drama, and there’s a lack of oxygen in what could have been a bigger fire, but it also shows an intense amount of promise for a young filmmaker who will hopefully be able to learn to deepen the story while crafting such excellent visual momentum.
What will it cost? Around 6 minutes.