I’ve chosen to write a post about a quirky short film ‘Sign Language’ by Oscar Sharp. A fictional tale shot in a day-in-the-life documentary style, narrated entirely by the central character, exploring a variety of themes such as love, confidence and aspiration.
It’s a technically well produced piece, the hand held camera and informal framing is in-keeping with the factual ‘mockumentory’ (a style promoted by comedy shows such as The Office) approach Sharp has chosen to reveal the intimate thoughts and feelings of the protagonist. Numerous close-up shots where Ben directly addresses the camera, encourages a connection with the character who tells us from the get go “My work-place is wonderful – and I wanna share it.” We join on his last day as a “Static outdoor information technician. A Board Guy”.
What most impresses me about the piece is the understated performance by Jethro Skinner as Ben, his wide-eyed enthusiasm and articulate optimism nurtures our empathy. The performer reveals a less confident, naive character struggling with what’s right and proper. The director has captured a wealth of conflicted sub-text through Skinner’s subtle expressions and asides.
Needs a conclusion.
The above is my first draft, I began by making a note of three things I wanted to discuss.
Close up shots
I will return to this post in a day or two adding external links and editing it, adding a conclusion. I’ve spent about 45 minutes on it so far.
Add your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I’ll then work on deconstructing how I approached the above, bearing in mind the assessment criteria.