Well done, interesting and visually beautiful.
Of Guilt & Grief. Interesting name but is it worth watching? In one word. Hell Yes! Oops. That's two words... but well worth the false advertising. This short film really is something you don't want to miss. So when you get a chance, and when it becomes public you need to tune in and have a look.
Keeping with tradition, and not giving anything away, I'm going to keep the films description brief. Let's just say that it is a period drama revolving around the confession of a dead man as he tells his story via a note he has left on his person. This is done through a series of flashbacks edited in a non linear order, which forces the viewer to think a little. But not so much that you can't figure it out, or even think all that hard. It just comes together nicely.
Myself? Honestly? I'm a lover of horror, science fiction and action. In a nutshell? I'm a very old teenager. So... I'm not sure what inspired me to watch this myself. But I did, clearly. And I made a good choice. Aside from what I've written, Of Guilt & Grief is a beautiful film to watch. Because it was filmed using true life Historical locations, the backrounds are striking. Add to that the excellent job editing and the amazing scoring/sound design... and mixing, and you've got a film on par with most I've seen. And yes. That includes smaller HollyWood productions. Sure. No explosions or laser beams (Which would have been cool) but everything needed to tell the story. And done with what I'm guessing is a good deal of experience and natural talent. If I was to score this film on that alone, it would have scored a Five.
I also need to mention that the acting feels completely right. Nothing cheesy, over done or bland. The characters come across as real people. Which is always a plus on the Independent front. Virtual high five to the cast! Excellent! I also want to touch a little on the post production coloring. To my amazement it was done in house, using the same products that most Indie film makers have already. Why is that important? Because it's really that darn good. Worth mentioning. Budding and established Indie film/series makers take note. You CAN color like a pro! Of Guilt & Grief proves it! Which is an inspiration to us all.
So. If you've read this far you probably know what I think of this short film. Do I have any gripes? Only one. Because the story is told in a non linear way it can, at times become slightly confusing. Not so much that everything doesn't snap together after a minute or so, but enough to be slightly jarring at times. I really want to score it a perfect Five, but I wouldn't feel right doing so. I keep thinking that if it is (Slightly Jarring) to me, then a normal viewer, who doesn't watch as many movies as me may find it a little hard to follow. However, even if you are totally lost, you'll probably watch a bit for the sheer beauty, and stick around for the well crafted way it's all put together. I humbly give Of Guilt & Grief a solid 4.5 out of 5 and recommend this to anyone when it becomes available to view.
Of Guilt & Grief: 4.5 out of 5 stars.