State of the Union Short Film

Why Watch? Pushing all the genre buttons at once, this short film from Bruce Branit is really the first chapter in a series he wants to get off the ground, and if the rest of it follows with this much intensity, I hope he gets all the rocket fuel he can handle.

This is another outstanding example of what can be achieved on a low-budget level if you have the VFX and editing knowledge to bring your own CGI to the table. And then blow up that table. Admittedly the high concept and the revelations here have been done dozens of time before, but the first image being thrown from a smart phone into our faces is a nice indication of what this short values: adrenaline and immediacy.

The technical skill here is so high (no surprise there considering the source), and the visual winks are so interesting (particularly the reveal of a particular landmark), that I’m cutting off circulation crossing my fingers that Branit can push beyond the cliches of the concept (or has another writer waiting to take the baton). There’s so much beauty to celebrate; it would be a shame to waste it on a decaying, familiar skeleton.

What Will It Cost? About 4 minutes.

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