One saw, one box, no magic.
Written By: Jay McBeth
Directed By: Jay McBeth
Director Jay McBeth and producer Kurt Ogilvie brought us the short film Abra Cadaver. And I'm so glad! This short was produced by students of Sheridan College, and it's a great watch. It brings back memories ! Movies of old. But it also has a modern charm that you can't quite put your finger on. What is it? It's a time piece that although seems to poke a little fun at films of old, its direction was taken seriously. Or at least looks like it. "One Box, One Saw, No Magic". What a great tag line!
Do you like Magic? Quirky, strange characters? You'll love this! Abra Cavaver starts off in a seedy saloon type place and we quickly meet our main character. An odd looking chap looking for a good time. Or so it seems. We are quickly introduced to the lady lead. And I use the word lady as a pun here. We all think we know whats next and the story follows suite. But by the end we find out that not all is what it seems. And sometimes the bad guy's not the worst of the bunch.
The acting in Abra Cadaver is pretty damn good. And I mean it. Just the right amount of cheese (That goes with the story) and the perfect amount of goodness. You'll giggle, moan and love every minute of it. A big Thumbs up to all the principle cast! The backround actors seemed to have it going on as well. Nobody seems out of place and everyone seems to fit. A great casting job all around.
Production quality was almost spot on as well. The settings were great and creepy where needed. The seedy bar was a great rendition of a wild west saloon and I loved the trunk at the end as a prop. Camera work was very professional and the editing seemed near perfect. I only remember one shot where the lighting looked off and wrong. If there are more I never noticed. Maybe because I was loving the production so much! Great job to all the crew!
Overall I really liked this entire short. Maybe it's because I love this stuff to start with. Abra Cadaver was really up my ally when it comes to films. I really think you readers should take 10 minutes and check this out. It's a great piece that deserves some attention. I'd really like to keep up on these guys and their future projects.
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