This one might display shades of Pan’s Labyrinth, the innocence of a young girl juxtaposed with some hideous horrid creature. That might be because Guillermo Del Toro was an executive producer helping Jovanka Vuckovic bring his vision to life.
I mean don’t get me wrong it is an impressive production effort, but shorts like this are always kind of frustrating. It’s frustrating because it’s just a demo, it’s not in service of a story or a theme. It shows the level of craft that the people working on this can achieve and it’s fine to demonstrate your credentials to get future work. It’s such a thing to elevate a story with cinematography choices that are trying to make certain impressions, or there’s layers of meaning behind creative choices and this one feels that it’s lacking that crucial element to element to elevate it above a dazzling picture show.
Still it can be mesmerizing when examining the scope of the effect works at play, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake, what’s practically done and what’s CGI. I think they do a good job mixing blue lights with harsh key lights to create an uneven dynamic landscape. The soundtrack is actually pretty interesting to listen to, it’s not particularly original but it does effective job.
It’s interesting that this film always seems aware of the audience is almost playing on our expectations more so than crafting a scene. Like the little girl goes to cover her eyes and you might think that might work because usually little kids have tremendous amounts of plot amour but that’s certainly subverted. Then you just see these cloud creatures floating about in a scene that’s tense for the audience wondering where their going but it really worth the lack of payoff to see this effect in broad daylight were it takes me out of the film because of how obvious of an effect it is.
It does some neat effects but if you won’t anything more than a “woah, that’s kind of cool” reaction I think you’ll be disappointed. Still a spook worth checking out, and I hope you enjoyed.