A Handful of Pennies is a short film about a disturbed man who simply wants some answers. Lyle and Arnold are having a discussion. Lyle has a question, Arnold has an answer.
Written By: Michael Peake/Josh Flowers
Directed By: E. Charlton-Trujillo/Josh Flowers
So. Wondering what my Dr. Pepper comment has to do with this short film? Why not watch and find out. This short is available to watch by clicking the link over there. (Over there being the left hand side of this review). With a runtime of around 9 minutes there's no excuse not to watch! And you'll be glad you did!
A Handful Of Pennies is a short indie production that boasts almost no budget and a great experience. And you may be wondering what Pennies have to do with the film, aside from being in the opening shot. Well, again, watch and find out.
The look and feel created here are really nice. And by nice I mean not so nice. You've got a bright, saturated picture dumped on top of a bleak and not so bright backround. The contrast created makes for a visually interesting scene which is needed, considering this entire short takes place in one room. Intentional or not... good job guys. One room productions have a habit of becoming boring. Not the case here. The two main characters pull off their respective roles rather nicely with very little 'Cheese' factor in the acting. Lyle (Micheal Peake) does a good job of playing his role. Coming across as a rather polite and overly thoughtful man. The real gravy here though is that the 'Polite' conversation is clearly meant to be intimidating. And it is. Mixed in with some angry outbursts, you may find yourself slightly chuckling and at the same time feeling a little worried for the other main character Arnold (Graydon Stroud), who sums up a lot of the scenes with facial expressions alone. Good job guys.
Overall the production value is great as I've hinted at earlier. Considering there wasn't much to start with, the short does some wonders. Great visual images and some top notch sound. I used to complain about sound all the time when it came to Indie productions. Now, it seems notice is being taken and some care is given to sound quality. Another top notch job here crew.
A Handful Of Pennies is not a perfect indie short. But it's damn entertaining. My verdict? A well earned 4.0 out of 5.0.
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