When a gamer is overcome by his obsession, his neighbor must shepherd him home.
Written By: Frank Stasio
Directed By: Benjamin Pitts
Well now. Finally I've got to see it all. Green cats, square circles... and now a plunger rifle. Make no mistakes son, a toilet accessory and a little Duct Tape can go a long way. Case in point? Tilting At Skyscrapers brought to you by Frank Stasio and Benjamin Pitts. I think it's safe to say that this is one of the more entertaining low / no budget shorts I've seen in a while. I actually laughed out loud a few times during this really short piece. The humor is mostly visual and let me say that the comedy is done right! I completely enjoyed my time spent here and was a little disappointed when it was all over.
The lensing in Tilting With Skyscrapers was done on the cheap with a smaller camera or maybe even a phone; the shots themselves however, were composed using a good amount of ambient light, translating to decent shots that come across really well on a small screen. Probably better than they actually are. Not a lot of technical work to worry about as most shots seem handheld, save a few standard locked shots. Much to my surprise, this approach actually worked very well for this short and added a lot more than it took away. Audio was mostly decent as was the video editing itself. Had this production been a more standardized one, in terms of camera and sound it would have received a much higher rating from me. Hell, maybe even a perfect one! So where does Tilting At Skyscrapers really shine? The acting. This was some funny shit! The expressions on the characters face(s) throughout the film were literally priceless at times! Excellent job all around and I especially loved the "Video game character walk" performed. HA!
One of the joys of watching a lot of indie flicks is that you never really know what to expect. It always seems to happen that the films I don't expect a lot from, are the ones I love the most. This is one of them. Everything you want in a comedy is here from the hilarious expressionism and amusing dialog, straight through to the funny walking and humorous props. It's all right here jammed within an 8 minute segment! My favorite scene? The security guard bit. I actually watched that twice and laughed more the second time round. If you want a good laugh... here it is.
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