This short film is extremely different to the ones I have previously watched. Again, it is a mockumentary, and it follows the creator of a unique new invention – which appears to be a ‘remote control human.’
During this extremely short film (at only 2min 39secs), a pretend cameraman follows the creator as he shows off what his new innovative contraption can master. The inventor is also seen talking to a pretend interviewer, which appears to be on one side of the camera.
At the beginning, the creator is portrayed with a large remote control, explaining what brought him to inventing it and how long it took him. In front of the camera – it is evident you can see that he is controlling something – it just isn’t revealed yet. I believe this adds to the humour as there is build-up and enigma codes as to what he has created. When it is exposed that it is infact just a human being, the audience would find it extremely humourous.
Over the shoulder shot where it is revealed that he is actually controlling a man.
Another feature I like about the short film was the portrayal of the inventor losing control of the remote control man (which is very common in remote control helicopters/planes as they are so difficult to guide.) One was shown due to the invention’s shoe coming off – which disabled his ability to control it. Another aspect was the creator attempting to display his remote control human’s skills by placing it on a bike – this however only ended in disaster as this happened…
I quite liked how this short film resembled a ‘follow me around’ sort of documentary rather well, as it balanced between long takes (documentaries do not tend to utilise quick cuts etc.) and interviews with the person the documentary is based on.
However, when filming my short film (mockumentary or not) I would hopefully utilise and show off more camera skills/angles & editing techniques.
I tried to search for various short films that wouldn’t be too difficult for me to attempt, with no difficult special effects or extravagant locations. This film especially abides to this statement, as it is just a simple idea which focuses on a funny protagonist and script.