The set is also impressive. Although it is filmed in one small, if slightly claustrophobic space (which certainly adds to the sense of urgency at times), what you do see of the space is very much believable. In addition, the camera isn’t just static or simply cutting back and forth from each character. It uses quick panning shots to avoid being boring and repetitive and avoids being restricted by its environment as much as possible. The camera pans do add to the comedy as well, as it just about keeps up with the characters’ banter. My one criticism of the film is that it easily could have been a bit longer, and could have had a more satisfying conclusion since there is a murder mystery aspect to the story.
This is a very enjoyable and darkly humorous short that left me wanting more of the characters, and is definitely the best short film I’ve seen in a while. The set-up is instantly engaging and is well executed thanks to writer/director James Kermack. After seeing what he can do with this film in 15 minutes will make you want to check out his other projects, and it’s obvious he had a team of very talented people working on this with him. Everything from the writing, acting, set design and music is done well, so it’s an all-rounder that I would recommend to anyone.