Jan 11

Three Short Films of Jeremiah Kipp


Year: 2011
Starring: Deneen Melody, Michael Partipilo, Taylor Metzger

Crestfallen is about a young woman who is about to take her own life. After she cuts her wrists, her life starts to flash before her eyes and we get to see her life at its best and how everything she treasured got away from her.

Crestfallen is my favorite out of these three shorts and it is remarkable how well the story is told in such a short amount of time. Other films would use an entire ninety minutes to tell such a story and ewoke the same type of feelings from the viewers. That is, if they dared to tackle such a taboo subject.

The film runs for only six minutes and there is no dialogue in the film. It’s a very emotional film and it is also handled with the same care and attention to the smallest details like Contact was. The story is told with flashbacks and the emotions and pain is seen through the acting of the gorgeous Deneen Melody.

Jeremiah Kipp was able to get a music score from Harry Manfredini for this film, who is of course known to horror fans for his legendary score on Friday the 13th. Manfredini creates a perfect gripping score for this film that enhances the visuals to a higher level. And speaking of the visuals, a lot of praise should also go out to cinematographer and editor Dominic Sivilli for his work here. The dark shots of Melody comforting herself in the water while her life is slipping away is done almost to perfection. He and Kipp seems to have a good collaboration going, which I’m hopeful we will see more of in the future.

Like I’ve written further up, I’ve never been a big fan of shorts and haven’t taken my time to watch a lot either but Crestfallen is definitely the best one I have seen. It tells a big story in only a few minutes and it never gets exploitative or sappy, only raw and honest. Recommended.

You can see Crestfallen here




Year: 2011
Starring: Laura Lona, Brian Uhrich

Drool is a four minute long experimental film with two adults rolling around in some weird liquid. There is no dialogue or obvious meaning to the stuff that is happening here, but it is still very well made and it looks visually great.

I’m not the biggest fan of experimental short films, but since this only last for a few minutes it never gets dull to watch. Even though I have no idea what it is about, the film does take the characters and strip them down to their primal instincts and emotions. I’m sure that people who are into experimental films will find a lot more to enjoy here than what I did since there is no denying in that it’s very well made.

You can see Drool here




Year: 2009
Starring: Zoe Daelman Chlanda, Robb Leigh Davis, Alan Rowe Kelly, Katherine O’Sullivan, Tom Reid

Contact focuses on a young lady who is rebelling against her strict childhood and is now going to indulge in drug use together with her boyfriend. The film then focuses on her experience while she is under the influence and she is in for quite an interesting trip.

Contact might at first glance seem like an anti-drug short, but at a closer look it seems to deal more about the main characters contact with her boyfriend, her parents and even herself. It deals with abandonment, guilt and fear. There is a long story told here if you pay attention to all of the details and I think it needs to be rewatched once or twice to really take everything in.

The film is shot in black and white and runs for about ten minutes. It is beautifully shot and it is easy to see that there is some talents behind the camera here. There seems to be a lot of care taken into every little detail and camera movement, making every second of the short film important. Everything down to the sounds and editing all seems to be professionally made.

Contact is a visual treat that has a lot to offer even though it is only ten minutes long. Every aspect of this is handled with care and even the acting is very good, especially from the Zoe Daelman Chlanda. Contact is a display of huge talents getting the most out of their limited resources and time restrains.

You can see Contact here



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