Saturday, May 8, 2010

When Five Fell - A Review

This is a short film shared by Chien Young, and I love it.

This clip took on five different perspectives of a girl's love story. These five perspectives are of five common household items. Five things stood out to me in this short film.

1. The music
It fits into the clip nicely. The mood, the tone, the pitch... It is so relaxing and sentimental. And it brought the audience into the story so nicely. Of course, it played with our emotions... The sorrow, the abandonment, the loss... The sharp pause when the rain stopped - Brilliant! The use of violin and fast piano tempo to bring out the emotions in the climax is perfect! Well done, Jesse Chui!

2. The narration
This clip features five very distinct voices, David Choi, Bobby Choy, AJ Rafael, Paul Dateh, and Chris Dinh. The lines are beautiful... I listened to the lines while watching the clip and felt that the lines fit perfectly into each item. But when I listened to the lines while NOT watching the clip, and suddenly, the sorrow hit me. Those are lines utter by people who were betrayed, abandoned and forgotten. Someone watching a person he loves love someone else...

3. The cinematography
Brilliantly filmed. Brilliantly edited. The angles, the scenes, the settings... Its beautiful. Its breath taking. Its touching. I love the blur before the glasses, the angle between the mouth and the phone, the rain and the use of shadow to show "broken" umbrella and the perfect shadow of a kiss, the little details with the scarf, the broken cup... I love the transitions between acts where sceneries were used. And I absolutely love the whole concept where the audiences were kept blur about the guy but in the end, we see everything clearly. Kudos to Wesley Chan for the brilliant cinematography!

4. The five items
Glasses, phone, umbrella, scarf, cup - Things most girls have... And all these five items represent the five senses. The glasses - The gift of sight; Phone - Speech and communication; Umbrella - Touch "If you hold my hand, I'll be yours forever."; Scarf - Scent "To know her scent, it means that we were close, closer than anyone else."; Cup - Taste. Five items that represented everything in a relationship, five senses that we happily take for granted and neglected daily, five things that are so important to someone else but not us...

5. The concept
This story is about a girl meeting a guy and fell in love. To me, this kind of love is sweet and beautiful. But this clip showed me that this love can be sad and beautiful at the same time. Watching someone you love, not love you back as much as you love her, but love someone else... And the most creative part of the whole concept is that the story is not told through a third person perspective but told through five different views where these items are equally "involved" in the story but somewhat are "outsiders".

We delight in the promise of falling for love.
We crumble in the dread of falling from love.
Everyone falls. Everything falls.

Ratings : 10/10. I love everything about this clip. It is touching and beautiful. Although this story is about five items expressing themselves but anyone who has fallen in or out of love can relate to those words.

Thanks Young. This is beautiful.


♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

OMG if ryanne rates it 10 out of 10..then i must watch this..? pls. give me the link in my blog! i love you !! :D thnx!!!! ^_^

happy mother's day to all the mothers in the world! ^_^
(p.s. check out my latest post if you have time,,.thanks :3)

Anonymous said...


♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

you mean it's only 10 min..?


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