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In a Vacuum No One Can Hear You Scream

by BFF: Best Films Forever

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Yes, that shot with the boom mic “accidentally” entering frame is actually a VFX shot, where we composited it in!


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This was one of the first films I watched when I binged through 2021's submissions and it hooked me in, committed to it's story and took me on a joy ride that was enjoyed by the audience. WOW! Really fun, punchy film from this team - great work!

This was a great way to start the Wellington heats for 2021's competition. Opening with stylish black and white scope imagery as a vacuum made its way across the floor with excellent sound design, you had my attention, with things turning darkly comic quickly as our lead struggled with his traditional carpet cleaner.

Moving onto an infomercial, the team used overt humour regarding this year's elements to sell their pitch of a wonderful new vacuum that would wipe out all the problems that a traditional vacuum causes. The only issue is that it is in a bet of a beta phase, with an incredible amount of disclaimers run across the bottom of the screen as it kind of has a mind of its own.

Terrific performance by your lead actor. Clean focused camerawork and sound was really good. Some nice graphics and a strong parody of home shopping network television. I think it verged a little bit towards being too self-referential for its own good and just by virtue of it being a solo performer selling an ad, I did feel talked at rather than engaged with even when the humour hit its mark (driveways, really dark joke etc).

The ending saved the film to be honest. Slightly predictable but really well done. WOW!

Story: 1.5/5
Technical: 3.5/5
Elements: 3.5/5
Overall: 2.5/5

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