Short Film: ‘That Day’ Offers a Dramatic Game of Hide and Seek

That Day Short Film

Why Watch? A group of men and women bicker amongst themselves, seeking closure for something that happened years ago. On the other end of the playing field, it’s the memory of a childhood trauma that’s hiding from them.

Writer/director Danny Lacey manages a stirring profile here with almost zero exposition, relying instead on his actors’ ability to exude untold frustration and strong visual cues that hint at what might have happened to them while they played in the woods. On that front, there’s an austerity to what’s on the screen. He captures both the dead leaf cold of the forest as well as the cramped heat of the space where the group has convened using sparse dialogue, a floating camera and excellent sound design. Plus, it’s got a killer score to back it up. The music with its haunting beeps might be the best clue as to what the childhood secret is.

This is solid work all around, and Lacey is one to look out for.

What Will It Cost? About 4 minutes

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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