BEST OF REEL: Surrender by Porteus Xandau from Golden Planes.
Surrender is a wonderful piece of storytelling that had me completely captivated for the full 6.31mins. Actually, 13.02mins seeing as I ended up watching it twice. An amazing feat in itself considering I generally have the attention span of a goldfish with ADD. What really kept me glued from beginning to end though was the incredibly authentic delivery of Milton’s testimonial. At no point did I feel like I was listening to someone reading from an overly crafted script. Visually, I also loved the restraint the director showed by holding himself back from deploying the usual visual gimmickry normally associated with a retrospective story. No gratuitous flashbacks and no over the top performances all make this piece feel so pure and honest, I’m still not sure whether the film is fact or fiction. Storytelling at its best. Well done Porteus Xandau.
SPECIAL MENTION: DebtBusters ‘Numbers’ directed by Bruno Bossi at Carbon Films.
The first is Bruno Bossi’s Debt Busters spot. I think this ad is the perfect blend of tight editing, great sound design and well composed cinematography. But it all would have fallen horribly flat without the very believable performance of the lead character. Bruno does a brilliant job portraying the inner torment this man is going through as he progressively gets himself deeper and deeper into debt. By the end of the ad you have so much empathy for the poor fellow that you desperately want to try help him out yourself. And all of this achieved in a mere 40 seconds. Not easy. Unless of course you’re Bruno Bossi.
SPECIAL MENTION: Investec Private Bank ‘More than Data’ directed by Greg Gray at Velocity Films.
My second special mention is Greg Gray’s spot for Investec. I can just imagine how daunting a script like this would be to take on. A sequence of extreme close-up head shots, seamlessly blended together, all delivering one continuous piece of dialogue. Overlay some amazing abstract animation to really make things interesting and you have a script most directors would run a mile from. Fortunately, Greg isn’t most directors and as usual, he bitch-slaps this challenge upside the head the same brilliant way he does every other job. Personally, I think he was just inspired by my profile pic. Just saying.