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"Still Life" is about Martin, a young photographer who wrestles with his thoughts about his creativity and talent.
"Still Life" is a 12-minute short film based upon a quote by Ira Glass about a young man who has so much passion for his work that it's work for him when others don't see the same results as he does. The little criticism he receives begins to make him his own worse critic. The film tells a lot about Martin in the short time that it has which really allows the audience to get to know him and care for him which is pretty impressive.
Shot in Black and White the film looks amazing, there is also a few scenes in the film when Martin is thinking back to when he was a child and had gotten his first instant camera, this adds a nice touch to the film and it shows his passion began early on plus the flashbacks are in color which is a nice contrast to the rest of the film and it makes those scenes really stand out. A thought-provoking film that is pretty universal in that we all struggle at times but I'm sure it will hit home even harder for those just starting out in the Arts. The message is to never give up no matter how bad things may seem, in time and with more experience things will slowly get better.
I already brought up that the film looks beautiful but I must mention D.P. Mark Phillips who is responsible for it's look. A fantastic job, the film is as gorgeous as the nature scenes themselves. Plus I must mention the original music from Ryan Campos which really adds to the film's over-all mood, a fantastic piece of composing.
As far as the acting goes the cast did a terrific job, Timothy Bonavita brings all the needed emotions to Martin, He makes Martin real which is a big reason you can connect to him so easily. David Graziano also gave a terrific performance as Professor Lynch.
Making a film, a good film is a joint effort but "Still Life" all begins with Writer/Director/Producer, Chris Esper. Chris has created a moving story and his direction is flawless. I must mention that the minor audio flaws the film had when I first reviewed it have all been fixed which takes the rating up for this critic. I see a very long career ahead for this young and talented filmmaker and I look forward to seeing what he has coming out in the future. "Sill Life" is an engaging and moving film that leaves you thinking about it long after it is over. The film is enjoying a very successful Festival run but now everyone has the chance to see this fantastic film, check out the information below. An amazing piece that draws the audience into Martin's world and it's ending left me thinking, "Ya, this young man is going to do just fine." The film is now available to stream over at Twistflix for $1.99 or downloaded $3.99. I highly recommend it to everyone so be sure to check it out. You can find the film HERE.
**** 1/2 Out Of *****