Blood Stains is a microcosm of what will hopefully be a feature-length film
Blood Stains Film Details
Director Blake Vaz
Writer: Blake Vaz
Release date: May 15, 2018
Release Format: Digital
Mpaa Rating: N/A
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 13 mins 31 sec
Leaving his band and girlfriend behind to become a star in America, an ambitious singer meets a mysterious hitch-hiker with a plan.
Laz is an aspiring rock star, and it seems that the only person who believes in his dream is, well, him. His bandmates ditch him, and even his girlfriend seems to be completely unsupportive. This does not deter Laz from reaching for the stars, however, and he sets out on his journey to the City of Angels. As he stops for gas in the middle of the Arizona desert, he meets a strange but well-dressed man, and agrees to let him ride along to Los Angeles. It is on this journey that Laz learns how far he is willing to go in order to make his dreams come true.
The cinematography in Blood Stains was absolutely superb. It was very reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse double feature, without all of the random shots of feet. It was very rare that I would notice an awkward transition, and everything was aesthetically pleasing. It didn’t have the “obviously a film school project because the shots are too well-composed” feeling, but it did appear that the filmmakers are very technically proficient. The cinematography was so noteworthy that one could probably write a few paragraphs about it, but for the sake of not rambling, I’ll just say that it was flawless.
Though the whole “deal with the Devil” story is nothing new, Blake Vaz rewrote it in a way that was gripping and original, which was quite impressive. The different ways to interpret the subtext are also appealing. Is this about doing whatever it takes to make you dreams a reality, or is it more of a “cautionary tale”? The subtext is left slightly up to interpretation, without causing confusion.
Blood Stains is a microcosm of what will hopefully be a feature-length film, some day. With strong characters, great actors, exceptional cinematography and aesthetic, and a riveting plot, I am highly anticipating the release of the feature-length film; if it is as well-executed as this short, it will be marvelous.