To escape jail time, Trig agrees to wear
a wire and bring down a criminal known as The Bishop. But once inside The Kingdom, things aren’t as they seem.
Written By: Stephen Herman,
Directed By: Stephen Herman
Genre: Crime Drama
Although this isn't the first time, or even fifth or tenth, Writers Stephen Herman and David Chin manage to bring a fresh set of eyes to the table with "The Promotion", a crime drama with a twist. We've all seen this film before from one director or another, and we'll see it again I'm sure. This sort of entertainment can always be so damn interesting, that it's become a story-arc that will probably never die. In this short film, the game of chess is used to convey the criminal tactics and elements of the overall plot, done well in this case. Although "The Promotion" is nothing new, it does offer a few twists that help pull this short film well above mediocrity, and shove it straight into your face. This was mostly accomplished through smart writing, and a flare for making fiction seem more in-line with reality. As a whole production, "The Promotion" has a lot to offer.
The first thing I noticed when watching was the clear audio. This isn't production house quality by any stretch; it is clear however, that some care has been used when piecing everything together. The dialog comes through clear and easy to hear; something I'm always thankful for when it comes to indie films. The lensing was done in a real and gritty way, editing in shots that seemingly come from the hidden camera of the films characters. This was all edited together with an emphasis on fast pacing and pushing the narrative forward. The effect was a blur of images that melded all the other production aspects into a fast paced styling I actually really enjoyed.
Overall, "The Promotion" was an interesting take on good Vs evil, with numerous nods to the current state and issues surrounding most Police forces. Though written up to be a lot more dramatic than real life, we all see how things could be, as the system begins to break down from within. "The Promotion" offers some good old fashioned entertainment for anyone who loves the genre, using a "this could happen" approach. Is it worth investing the 20 minutes? Totally! Any film, indie or studio that can keep you watching for any amount of time is a success. "The Promotion" is no different. Set aside a half hour and have a watch. This one is free.
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