Garda Francine Keogh investigates the disappearance of local UFO expert
Jay P. Dyson. As she investigates strange things start to happen to the people around her.
Written By: Pauric Brennan
Directed By: Pauric Brennan
The Rosen Bridge in it's simplest form, is a stylistic short that although uses a lot of conventional techniques, relies also on the staples of a found footage film. We have an interesting premise that keeps promising to deliver something exceptional. However, just as you think it's about to happen... nothing. This deliberate pacing does succeed in creating a very chilling atmosphere at times and that alone is worth the sticker price. I just wish the carry-through had... carried through. The fault doesn't fully lie with the movie itself though. Being a short film, it can be rather difficult to tell a story, introduce characters and deliver a whollop all within a very short time. From that perspective, The Rosen Bridge actually stacked up rather well.
Camerawork here is hard to judge because of the artistic style intended. We have everything from standard, more clinical shots, right through to handheld point and shoot musings. Surprisingly, a few of the shot setups really hit an emotional chord and send a chill up your back. In these moments I loved watching this piece! We wrap all these aspects together with some good editing of the clips and a more or less good audio track. Pauric Brennan's source material also seems pretty decent, containing a solid idea that I'm sorry ended up being a short. I can't stress enough that given the run time and maybe a little work on the pacing, this could have been a truly great film! Where The Rosen Bridge really earns marks however, is the acting. The cast does some excellent work making real people out of names on a page. Some of the lines, delivered by the right person were just great! My personal favorite line involves "Sheet Shat". HA! My point is that the cast really pull together to deliver and The Rosen Bridge comes across as a really fun production to have been involved with, and that feeling has translated to the screen.
In the end we are left with a cool and stylish mix of older, classic films meshing in a modern world. This artistic take works quite well for the most part including the use of Black & White. We have a great Sci-Fi base and some good acting, all making The Rosen Bridge an above average short. Release dates are currently unavailable but check out their Facebook page or drop a comment and wait for this cool short to be released. It may not be the next sliced bread but it's well worth your time. You may even find yourself watching twice.
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