Travis, a High School senior has fallen out
of love with writing comedy songs on
guitar. Instead he begins practicing heavy metal. Through a fly-on-the-wall filmmaking approach in which static shots are utilized exclusively, we follow Travis' ups and
downs with friends, love interests, and his instrument.
Written By: Cody Clarke
Directed By: Cody Clarke
Shredder, the first feature film from writer/director Cody Clarke. First, I have to say congrats... although a little after the fact. A film is hard enough and a feature is harder. No matter what anyone says you got through it and it's available for people to watch! No small feat. I'd love to tell all you readers how glowingly awesome this film was, or how I was sorry it ever had to end. I can't do that however. I can say that it was/is much better than my first film. In every aspect. Anyhow, on with the review. Shredder focuses on Travis (Cody Clarke) who is attempting to motivate himself to up towards the next tier in musicianship. Sound pretty dull? Then you're not a musician yourself. The film itself moves along at a snails pace using static shots and static shots alone. When watching it I couldn't help but feel I was watching a high quality security cam at times. However, in it's own way this approach helped the story along. It also lacks any real polish or shine, such as musical scoring throughout. That's not to say that there's no sound, frequently you'll hear someone playing.... wait for it.... guitar! The audio you do hear though is crisp and level. The acting is pretty good overall. The supporting cast are really quite convincing. Them and Cody himself bring this film up a point or so with their acting ability alone. Good job guys/gals! I must also comment on the editing. Although there's nothing flashy (Again, the movie consists of a lot of static shots) it's done very well and cut in the right places. This helps the movie flow. And flow it needs.
I'm trying to remain objective here because if it were up to me I'd score this movie higher than I did. Why? Because I'm a guitar player myself! But I have to take into consideration that we don't all play, and am rating this movie as a non-player. I also want to comment on one of the scenes closer to the movies end. It's a showcase of sorts of musicians which I found very entertaining.
Overall, this film should have scored higher, and through all the comments I have written you, the reader should realize that this film does NOT look cheap! My hats off to Cody and the entire crew. First films are always hard and you guys put something together that is better than average. If you play you'll enjoy this movie more than if you don't. It's that simple.
For a musician to watch this film: 3.5/5 but for everyone else: 3 / 5
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