Lydia Walters was a beloved actress
that died suddenly, leaving all of her 'friends' potentially implicated in her death.
Written By: Roanna Flowers
Directed By: Kevin Machate
So, this short film presented a sort of mental puzzle for me when it was first submitted. First, it looked interesting enough as many do, but it also looked very 'Reality styled' with the shooting. Although there are always good productions featuring this particular style... it's not really my thing. I still love films done in the traditional way. No handheld cameras, is what I mean. So, when it's number came up I buckled in for 14 minutes of the unknown. Love or hate? In the end, as you can probably tell I actually really enjoyed #RIP. The style of film making used here actually enhanced the humor and gave the short a raw and real feeling just just enhanced the comic chops. I always love the feeling I get when I can write a review for a great piece of entertainment... Always.
The main draw for #RIP is the huge parody which is the actual plot of the short. Kevin Machate takes the stereotypical image of actors and agents and increases it ten fold leaving us with some ridiculous characters that are so over the top you can't help but laugh. It works and you will laugh, a lot. This is one of those shorts where you want to completely despise every character but can't. No matter how hard you try... you just can't. Which brings me to the character portrayals themselves. Excellent job from the cast! I'm not sure if they're even acting or simply having a good time as the camera rolls. However they did it, the result is always funny. Always. Loved it guys!
On the technical side there's not much to say about the camera work. Seemed all pretty much handheld except for inserts set up documentary style throughout the short. This all works for the film however because the job on the editing is top notch. Whoever pieced together #RIP did an outstanding job making a bunch of handheld shots come together forming one polished piece of work.
The sound engineering for #RIP is a hard one to judge because the actual style of the short sets itself up as a reality piece. However, nothing is out of place and the audio is clear meaning I have nothing to complain about. Usually... the audio is a pet peeve of mine. For #RIP not so much.
In the end there's nothing revolutionary about the plot here. Nothing we haven't seen before. IT is however, done right and always ends up being entertaining and funny.......... Always.
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