It was only 3 months ago when we interviewed award winning U.K film director, Rob Savage, about his current work and career. This intense short film in which he wrote and directed, Polaroid, was created for the Smoke and Mirrors 48hr Film Competition in which a theme is assigned at the start of the process for you to base your film on. Polaroid was a creation structured on the word “lost” (No desert islands or smoke monsters here I’m afraid!).
Not only does Polaroid include iconography of how we interprut the word “lost”, i.e the forest; a place far from civilisation, it focuses on one man’s mental state and his shaping mindset and thought process. Whether or not the man had been in a daydreamed state, or the events actually occurred is a question raised to the audience and one that can never be definitively answered no matter how many times you view it.Reinforcing the provided theme is the excellently intricate, seamless editing by Riccardo Servini. The non-linear narrative and finely tuned cuts warp the audience into a sense of confusion, and allows them to attempt to piece together the jigsaw that has been created through the multiple time variances of this relationship, once again relating back to the theme of lost.
Whether you choose to other think the film’s meaning or under think it, Polaroid offers a chilling experience evoking multiple emotions in the short space of three minutes; something high budgeted films fail to do within the space of two hours! I really urge you to view this short multiple times, as only by doing so will you pick up on things you missed first time round. It really is a short you can watch again and again, each time feeling like your first viewing.
Putting you into a dark reality is something Rob and his crew have done so fantastically through the use of gorgeous cinematography and a nerving and somber soundtrack. The exploration of an unsettling topic, violence within a relationship, may not be the most comfortable thing to sit through, but there’s no doubt that ‘Polaroid’ is deserving to be the first film showcased at Boolean Flix’s Shorts Week.
Watch Polaroid below and let us know what you think in the comments section. If you love Rob’s work as much as we do, be sure to keep up with his latest ventures by following him on Twitter @DirRobSavage