Why Watch? It’s tragic that Tony Scott took his own life, but this short film is more than just a reminder of the creative spirit that’s left. It’s a sumptuously shot black and white story of a Civil War soldier and the gunsmoke-filled fields that surround him. It’s a steady burn – not at all an indicator of his future quick-cut style. Still, it gets experimental with a disorientating camera effect near the end that’s played evenly with a serene shot of rolling hills. It’s expressive and aggressive – there’s the Scott we all know.
This was his first film, and he pulled writing, directing, editing and DP duties on it. Plus, his brother Ridley Scott plays a Union soldier who you can see man-handling a horse.
Hat tip to Scott Weinberg for sharing it.
What will it cost you? Only 24 minutes.