An out-of-towner meets colorful people while searching for his luggage.
Written By: E. Albert Branstrom,
Directed By: Mark Peamchareon
Just imagine one of those days when everything that can go wrong... does go wrong. That's the premise behind "South Loop", a short film that packs a lot of character driven comedy into a very small package. This film was created in under 48 hours for a competition and with that said, it's pretty damn good. But myself as a viewer, couldn't give a rats ass about the technicalities of a film; or short film in this case. For me it comes down to one simple thing. I either like it or I don't. Let the technicalities be judged by the technical people, I just want to be entertained. So did director Mark Peamchareon have any success pulling me into his little world? Why yes. Yes he did. Although not the perfect film, enough comedic chops were present to keep a smile on my face for the majority of the short. With no real attempt to be 'politically correct' or not to offend, "South Loop" delivers some laughs as it la-di-da's itself through a very simple yet effective premise. The fact that the cast appear to be having the time of their lives only adds to the comedy the short is trying to achieve.
The technical elements of the film are where some marks are lost. For the sake of time I completely understand some of the shaky, woob-e-l-y and head hurting lensing showcased here. However, that doesn't make it any easier on my eyes. I should also add that this version is an extended edit of the original. Since the contest was over, why was some care not given when re-editing the film into it's extended state? A color correct would be a nice start. We have bright shots that are tinted one color; the very next shot is dark and tinted another, followed by yet another. All within 15 seconds. There are numerous post elements that could have been remedied, resulting in a much more refined production. As for the edit itself, I really have no complaints. It set up the premise and paced the film rather nicely, paving the way for the cast to strut their stuff... and strut they did. It's the cast that makes this production shine. Ridiculous, over the top and at times, down-right funny as hell. The real kicker is that these people, as silly as their actions and words get... don't come across as fake. "South Loop", for all it's technical issues sports a dam fine (and natural looking) cast. Excellent work.
It's easy for me to pick over a production since it's not me that made it. I only write what I think with no real regard for the time that went into something. In this case, 48 hours was enough to produce something I may actually watch a second time! That's a good thing. In a sea of sub-par productions it's good to go back to the roots of a concept and try to do one thing. Entertain. "South Loop" provides some quick and dirty comic relief for anyone looking. It makes no apologies and none are required. With a little spit and polish to the look of the short, it could be really awesome. I would love to see this concept... and maybe some of the cast make a "real" feature film with the premise here. That... would be something to see.
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