The Back Room (2008) - Greg Ivan Smith
Director:Greg Ivan Smith
Writer:Greg Ivan Smith
Release Date:8th June, 2008
Plot:Two strangers uncover astonishing connections as they search for a mysterious Renaissance painting.
Greg Ivan Smith ... Errol
Dan Sturges ... The Guy
Tina Johnson ... Mrs. Frisk
Quinn Murphy ... Chip
A short film on a low budget usually has faults in camera work, sound quality, and continuity. This one on the other hand excels. For that reason alone I rate it high, even though the storyline is predictable and borders on a river of sentimentality. (In this case the river Arno.) The writer surely studied classic drama, however, to achieve such a fine balance of unities in sharp detail from beginning to end.
The close-ups deserve an extra measure of appreciation from a technical standpoint. Juxtaposing colourful images of renaissance painting with comparably vivid live drama must have required many hours of exacting editing. Good job.
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