Thursday, May 6, 2010

Contact (2009) - short film beauty at its best!

Contact (2009) Dir. by Jeremiah Kipp

Contact is a story of a descent into drug induced horror.

Contact as a whole has to be one of the most beautiful, intense, perfectly paced, and moving short films I have seen in a long time. Its always nice to see a directer as skilled, and original as Kipp. They way he tells a story with a camera is a sendback to a time when we didn't have wasted crappy dialogue to make-up for inability to tell a story. Contact is told through black and white, ambitious shooting, a strong score, and emphasis on core impact sounds. The way the camera moves is well paced, allowing you to take in the surroundings of the film, and making it that much easier to understand and feel like you are there with the characters. Zoe Daelman Chlanda is amazing as you get to watch her slowly dissolve from a normal healthy girl into a paranoid creation as a result of drugs. It was nice to see a film that could be emotionally scary rather than jump scares, and hideous looking creatures/killers. Alan Rowe Kelly was great in his small but Final Sacrifice-ish bad guy portrayal as Rowan. If anyone has seen The Final Sacrifice episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, then you know who I'm talking about, and if you haven't then here you go It is a montage of the main character Rowsdower, but you can see the bad guy a couple times, and you will see what I'm talking about.

There is such a great supporting cast and crew in this film, and you can tell by the way they performed that they are serious actors, and filmmakers on the largest of levels. There is even a short cameo appearance of the amazing writer/director/cinematographer Bart Mastronardi! The thing that impresses me the most about this film, other than the directing, is the outstanding cinematography by Dominick Sivilli. Each shot was so beautiful, with unique angles it brought the emotions out of the characters and the theme out of the surroundings. He is a master of his craft, and he makes love to the camera.

One a final note, Contact is a must see for everyone, and as a short film it shouldn't be a problem, not mention it is online for everyone to see at I highly recommend everyone get ahold of these filmmakers and tell them what a great job they are doing, and that there are people out there that fully support the great work they are doing. They deserve to be getting paid big money making big movies, and their time will come. Thanks to Jeremiah Kipp for giving me a chance to watch and review this movie, and I look forward to everything he has coming out in the future. Also, a special thanks to the beautiful, and lovely Deneen Melody for alerting Mr. Kipp about my interest in his work.

Contact gets:
Entertainment Value: 8/10 Drug filled jars
Cinematic Value: 8/10 Drug filled jars

How did my medicine cabinet get to the set?

Hey I don't remember her having a shirt on it the movie

There he is! The bad guy from The Final Sacrifice!


Gory said...

Yay!!! :-)

And so awesome of you for supporting the indie stuff. You rock!

R.D. Penning said...

who are you kidding? I am indie stuff, and when I get back to making movies, I will be making indie stuff.

Anonymous said...

They should continue making more of the weird special makeup effects horror shorts, only I think they should do a lot of face or head to body inflation bladders FX.