Alone Needs Much Needed Company of Horror
Alone Film Details
Director: Tofiq Rzayev
Release Date: 15 May 2017 (Turkey)
Release Format: YouTube
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Short, Horror
Running Time: 2 Minutes
A man is relaxing at home only to discover that he might not be alone.
With a running time matching that of a film trailer, Alone has a limited window of opportunity to convey terror. Few filmmakers have prevailed in accomplishing a comparable task. For Alone the production team had to produce a clever composition, for a stunning final reveal. This becomes the critical component. Without this technique in the introductory script, the film will become flat midway through the production.
It should note that there are over three Horror shorts on Youtube with a similar title. It seems everybody demands to be Alone.
The camera work had wonderful quality. Stable shots and Director: Tofiq Rzayev placed the view where it mattered, most to the viewer. With editing, it too was of equal fair value. Gergo Elekes delivers a decent musical arrangement for the film. The music conveyed apprehension and had fear inducing tonality.
Alone does not extend much in shock value. This results from a bad set-up. The course to which the film flows just doesn’t transmit hostility or trepidation. Since the central character was rolling a joint perhaps he was suffering a dreadful trip. The contents of the rolling paper are speculative. It could’ve been tobacco for all we know. This was one of many small details the filmmakers failed to address. Once drugs and/or alcohol come into play viewers will suspect the unfolding paranormal events. Better scenarios would establish the character in a position that relates to his psychological state. A prisoner in solitary confinement or a mourner returning from a funeral is ideal set-ups.
Another downfall is the production itself. As the visual narrative progresses in escalation, the antagonizing force is observed by reflection on a television screen. There are countless other short films that have pulled off an identical approach. To worsen the dilemma is that the reflection is barely perceptible. What’s the spectator expected to be seeing, a Halloween prop?
Again vary the script, be creative.
Alone has a moralistic viewpoint to the story. Don’t smoke too much weed or it may cause paranoia.
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