A man struggles to decide whether or not to pursue survival as his race nears extinction.
Written By: Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi
Directed By: alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi
The quote above, and the next few lines in the film, totally hit a nerve with me and completely brought this piece to life. I'm not totally sure why because there's really a lot of cool stuff going on here. But those 3 words really did the trick. For Clearer Skies is a very cool story that very quickly moves from the world of the mentally insane, to the world of science fiction in good ol' Arcilesi Films style. What's that you ask? Let me try and explain. Like most (So far) films from writer/director Alfredo Arcilesi there's not a lot of really cool effects/shots going on. Mr. Arcilesi uses a good story and practical production to tell it. He doesn't try and get the most complicated panning/dolly shots happening, or the laser beam explosions and kick ass props. Even I (Myself) am guilty of this type of thinking and it can really hinder a production. Instead he uses a minimal production to tell a practical story. And he's damn good at it. If I was to guess at his style I would say something like this: The ingredients don't always make the best dish. Sometimes you need to rely on the recipe itself. (Ha. I'll have to remember that analogy). My point? For Clearer Skies sticks to the basics and the result is a great short.
The two main characters (The only two) do a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. There are times when the lines come off as kind of bland and emotionless... but it suites the story perfectly. I'm not sure if that was intentional but I'm guessing it was. It feels like one of those little details that make the characters believable. The use of emotion via a made up language is also truly great. Take away the audio effects and I bet the delivered lines still sounds fabulous! (It was made up right?) A pat on the back to Charles Lo Manto and Kelly-Marie Murtha for some great work. You guys really brought this to life.
And, to re-touch on the production, well... it was top notch as usual for an Arcilesi Films project. Like I said earlier, not a lot of amazing camera work by means of crane/dolly/pan/zoom, but simple good old fashioned cinematography that helped tell a good story in a gritty, real way that moved things along nicely. Sound design/editing/recording all seemed top notch here as well. Complimenting the short rather than taking away from it. And since this short has a lot of lines it's nice to hear them clearly! Excellent.
That about sums up my thoughts on this great short film. It has loads of potential for more if Mr. Arcilesi ever decides to revisit. And you really have to see the great job they did at the very end of the film! The garage door opens, the camera pans out and you see...............
For Clearer Skies, in my opinion deserves a solid 4.5 out of 5.0.
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