By: Henry J. Fromage (A Toast) –
The last several years have seen an explosion of professional quality short films popping up on Youtube and Vimeo, some even drawing the attention of Hollywood and yielding feature-length film deals. Of the bunch that I’ve check out so far, though, none have been so consistently depressing and yet laugh-out-loud funny as The End.
The film is less than ten minutes long, so give it a watch now:
If you’re still working through all those AOL free trial startup disks you amassed from that bin outside K-Mart in 1998, and therefore don’t have the bandwidth to support it, I’ll just say it’s about a man having a very, very bad day. But, go to a public library or something and, seriously, give it a watch.
Right from the beginning, you can see why this film was a Vimeo Staff Pick. It opens with a sharp-looking computer-animated scene that is all the more impressive when you learn that the entire short was made for a measly 5K.
That’s what James Cameron spends on Q-tips
From there we are introduced to Cris D’Annunzio’s character, whose first stroke of bad luck is a car that refuses to start. Things only go downhill from there, heading towards a punchline that may not be entirely unexpected, but is nonetheless entirely enjoyable (especially if you’re dark humor kinda guy or gal). Along the way, I laughed more in ten minutes than I did for the entirety of, say, The Change-Up, which might not sound like much of a compliment, yet is.
Kudos go out to D’Annunzio, who’s craggy features and hangdog expressions completely sell his character’s fed-up state of mind, and director Cameron McHarg, who absolutely makes the most of his limited budget and delivers a well-shot, well-lit, and tightly edited little film, begging the question ,what could he do with a real budget?
Checking out self-made films on Youtube and Vimeo can be a mixed bag, but Cameron McHarg delivers a winner with his well-made, deliciously dark short film The End.
Take a Drink: every time Cris D’Annunzio makes a face sadder than a kicked puppy
Take a Drink: whenever his day just gets progressively worse
Do a Shot: whenever even suicide is too tall an order for this sad-sack guy
Take a Drink: whenever you laugh despite how depressing this drinking game makes The End sound (and if you’re anything like me, you’ll laugh)
For a bit more information on the making of this film, check out onepointfour.com’s interview of McHarg here: