Written By: Christiano Dias
Directed By: Christiano Dias
Let me start by writing that Monster In A House is a film I wish I would have got an autographed hard copy of for our collection/archive. The talent presented in this little 14 minute piece is staggering! One of those pure Indie gold moments I always look forward to and hope for!
From the very first scene it was evident I was going to be in for a treat. Thirty seconds into the film simply scream expert, and that's just the start of this short treat. To the casual viewer it would be very easy to not even notice all the things that Monster In A House get's right. The execution is masterful and you don't even realize this is a fiction you're watching. The chemistry of the three actors is near perfect and the performance of leading lady Kitana Turnbull is perfectly captured. When it comes to child actors a difficult road can be laid before the director. I'm not sure of the amount of time spent rehearsing Kitana but the payoff was brilliant. Joseph Bottoms and Lisa Roumain both have their respective roles locked and loaded, as modern parents dealing with every day life. Overall I can honestly say that the cast not only participated in the well written script... but complimented it in every way. It may seem like nothing to put together such a nice piece but that's the fault of every great film. What seems natural and easy is actually a lot of hard work by everyone involved.
I personally also appreciate all the work that went into the audio of Monster In A House. It's always so refreshing to watch an Indie with an audio track that rivals a Hollywood one. No skipped corners here and I'm sure every viewer will be grateful. The same can be said for the smooth and expert use of the camera. Without going into many details let me just say I was completely surprised at the lengthy shots and the expert way it was all handled. I also found myself wondering how many takes were involved to get such a great shot?
This really is an amazing short film that has very few, if any faults. As a guy who loves both Independent Film and Hollywood movies alike, I was amazed just how blurred or non-existent the line between the two actually reached here. Monster In A House is a technically superior short that is complimented by some truly inspiring performances. I only wish it were longer.
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