A married couple go on a road trip to
rekindle their marriage, leading to
Written By: Kelly Michael Stewart
Directed By: Navin Ramaswaran
It's been a few years now since I've taken the reins here at IndyRed. What that means is I'm starting to see directors/producers sending in their second and third (Plus) films. And I gotta say, it's a pleasure to see how you guys/gals of the indie community grow, and hone your respective crafts. Mr. Navin Ramaswaran, the director of One More For The Road is no exception. As a matter of fact, he's clearly got a natural talent for this kind of stuff. And it shows. I'm very glad I still have some of his press material from a few years ago, proudly displayed in the office, along with many others. I'll have to grab a hard copy of this short when one becomes available. So. What are my thoughts on One More For The Road? As you can probably tell by the score, they're good ones. And this is clearly an Indie Gem you should be watching for.
One More For The Road is a really polished short film. You can clearly feel the attention to detail, and imagine the patience given, that got everything looking this good. The team here consists of some local Indie heavy hitters. Both as cast and crew. So it's really no shock that the end result is this good. If you came across this short watching TV you would never know it was an Indie. Great camera work and stellar sound are displayed here. Nothing was spared it seems. And it shows. I'd send a huge thumbs up to the Cinematographer Bruce William Harper and the music creator Nicholas Schnier, but I feel that would be a waste of page space. Anyone who sees this short would say something like: "Ummm... Duh. Master of the obvious here.". But wait! I guess I just did it anyway! The reality is that everyone behind the camera has done an amazing job. Navin himself doubled as editor and put together one hell of a slick piece. Directing and editing together doesn't always turn out so well. Here, it did.
Aside from the audio/visual aspects of One More For The Road, the other place it shines is in the acting. As everyone knows, the actors can make or break both a good or bad script. In this case, Jeff Sinasac and Lindsay Smith play off eachother perfectly. You can almost feel the "Why did I ever marry you" vibe oozing right from the start. Add to that a script that although not Earth shattering in concept, was very, very well written for the screen and you've got a winner! One More For The Road is a well rounded, polished short that is both brutal and sad at the same time. Myself? I especially like the final shots of... Well, watch when you can. You'll know what I mean.
From me here at IndyRed, One More For The Road scores a solid 4.5 / 5.0.
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