Welcome to your irregular dose of worthwhile internet, collected by the Gobe collective, for you. Our latest delivery of short films is a collection of shorts unfolding in a single scene and sometimes single take.
Words by Maxwell Finch
It makes sense when you have 15 minutes or less to contain your action to a single scene, keep it simple. Sometimes though, it feels rushed, unfinished and you’re left wanting more, not in a good way, as the credits roll. So we find our favourite short films that are either shot in a single take, a single scene or a single location.
A mixed bag with a Wes Anderson, a re-enacted bank robbery and a bundle of talent and filmmaking techniques to get you excited to write your won short script. Please enjoy some Gobe Gold: Single scene shorts of sorts.
Incident By A Bank
A short based on an incident witnessed in real life by director Ruben Östlund that took place in Stockholm, June 2006. Simple, and effective, the digital zoom used throughout is one of the first explorations of the capabilities of the at the time new, Red Camera. A perfect example of how a single take can bring the viewer into the action. Although in the case of Incident By A Bank, it isn’t a single take, and you don’t see most of the cation. Throughout the film, you hear the conversation of two onlookers, like yourself and as your drawn into the narrative, you end up standing by them and observing the scene unfolding before you.
Adam Munnings is a young director living and studying filmmaking in Berlin who I have zero doubt is going to be behind some superb films in the years to come. These days is shot in a hotel room and for me, it’s basically a three-part dance. The anticipation, the dance, and le fin. It’s a wondrous hotel daydream. So watch These Days now so you can tell your friends “I really loved his early work” once Adam is uber famous.
When I watched These Days I couldn’t help think of Hotel Chevalier. I have a thing for Hotel Rooms, I admit it, they’re going to draw me in more than normal as a setting. The transience, intersection and unfamiliar familiarity get me every time. You’ve probably heard of the Wes fella who directed this, and if you’re a fan this little short will not disappoint. Peter Sarstedt strums and hums his way through Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) as you fill in the blanks around the mysterious and fabulous lives of Natalie Portman and Jason Schwartzman. If you love The Darjeeling Limited, you will love the feature film it preludes, thank me later.
At The End of The Cul-de-Sac
Suburbia gives me the creeps, cul-de-sacs give me the creeps so I’m naturally attracted to the insanely mundane scenarios that play out within them. This short, shot in a single take, from a drone, does a perfect job of that. A public meltdown, the neighbourhood judgement team and an ending you probably won’t see coming. if you’re into making films with drones, this is a fine example and you find the making of over here for your own educational perusal.
The Robbery director Jim Cummings has a few single take shorts under his belt, and you should watch them all, especially the heartbreaking funeral dance that is Thunder Road. The Robbery short above fits here best as it is a wonderful example of you can short a single take short without it being gimmicky or unnecessary.
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