The film opens with these lines:
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During World War 2 Nazi-Germany built over 8000 concrete structures along the Danish west coast. after the war were many bunkers closed down or made public by the Danish Government. There are still many unknown bunkers.
It is said that in a screenplay, your first ten pages define how interesting the rest of the film is going to be. In the world of short films, I think it is just the first ten seconds. And for a person like me, these three lines certainly made it clear that the rest of the film is going to be damn intriguing.
I have been observing lately how important sound is in films. As the film commences the audience is introduced to a menacing soundtrack. It helps you get involved. But listen to it long enough and the conspiracy theories start building up in your head. Exactly what the maker wants you to think.
The film stars Thomas De Hansen and Martin Sommerdag. It must have been really challenging to be in front of the camera and handling the production at the same time. Having a small crew has it’s own benefits. It is difficult to pull off. But the directors who can manage it, make cinema a personal medium of storytelling.
The mood the film creates will definitely remind you of some classics of the genre like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. To enjoy this film, you will need to be a little patient. Some people have a taste for slow paced films that build up slowly but steadily towards the end. You need to set your expectations aside when you watch a film and start with a clean slate. If you do so, you will be introduced to a whole new world previously known only to the director of the film.
The film is smart and scary at the same time. The fun part is, as an audience you don’t feel like passively observing through the lens but you feel like you are actually taking part in the action. The whole realistic approach to filmmaking immerse you in the experiences the characters have and after some time you appreciate the raw images that move in front of you.
I think I owe a lot to the director for teaching me so much about the “found-footage” style of filmmaking. In fact it would be a nice experiment to try something like this as our next project. Cheers to getting inspired!
Director: Martin Sommerdag.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbtRsgPWIRU
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2008671/