Soundbite film details
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Much as a DJ would remix familiar tracks to compose new audible soundscapes Michael Coulombe executes a similar act with his latest film Soundbite. Many Horror enthusiasts will catch the familiar play on the death by curiosity narrative. The idea here comprises pinning the protagonist in a dangerous and supernatural predicament. Whether it is a chorus-filled incantation before a mirror or watching a cursed videotape the results take a crescendo.
Screenwriters Brantley J. Brown and Michael Coulombe crafted a decibel of simplicity with the script. The film offers no vocals, yet the four-minute presentation features a solo performance from Actress Taylor Murphy-Sinclair. A college dorm or bedroom sets the stage for this tension-filled Horror short. As I have exhausted puns for this opener lets begins our analysis of Soundbite.
Soundbite advertises itself with the title alone, the film is sound and it is bite-sized for our short attention span era. For this Horror short there are many high notes in terms of production value. The cinematography which includes the lighting and set design conveys a sense of normalcy, a common everyday life.
The viewer does not know what to expect as the minutes trickle down to the final reveal. This approach is both unorthodox and risky as it plays in contrast to using low-lighting to communicate a sense of dread. The camera work was simplistic with its medium and close-up views. Yet, these angles work in favor of the suspenseful tonality by presenting intimacy between the viewer and the protagonist.
Actress Taylor Murphy-Sinclair presents her role with absent dialogue, an irony in contrast to the film title. This incites the question; is the mysterious girl or the mysterious soundbite from her laptop the star of this show? Nevertheless, Actress Taylor Murphy-Sinclair with her body language alone paints a convincing portrait of a tormented and frightened woman.
Screenwriters Brantley J. Brown and Michael Coulombe borrow an already established and familiar theme in Horror cinema. Yet, the story they convey although common does not feel regurgitated within their film structure. A downfall to Soundbite is the story and lack thereof. The writing team needed to develop the narrative and character arc to earn innovative credits. Brantley J. Brown and Michael Coulombe also communicate less on the external and/or internal conflicts.
There is little to work with for the viewer such as myself that search for psychological meanings and symbolism behind the film. Outside of the strong production value Soundbite has the essence of an elaborate film trailer. Having enough time to convey a three ACT sequence is a common problem for most Horror short films. For Soundbite, an additional six minutes would have worked in favor of an origin story behind the music.
Soundbite distributes itself as a commendable viewing experience. Suspense takes full control of the visual narrative. While scare factor seems nonexistent for the seasoned Horror enthusiast, the final scene is enough to garner a sensible reaction. Soundbite shines in the production department but falls too short as a Horror short film.