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Prospect
Story line
Cinematography
Originality
Engaging Factor
Directors rating
Positives
  • Nice story telling
  • Good cinematography
  • Great location
Negatives
  • Wanted more
  • Tent Scene
  • None
4.4Overall Score
Reader Rating: (4 Votes)

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One Dad, One Girl, One Bandit, and a $1.4 Million dollar “Prospect”

Short film review of Prospect

Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control. Prospect premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Directed by: #ZeekEarl & #ChrisCaldwell .

This off world sci-fi short film testament to the fact that a good location, some creative script writing, a few props and a kick ass actress can go a long way in making what could be a film festival favorite.

Okay so the first thing I like about this short is definitely the location. It looks like it was shot on the forest moon of Endor. I was half expecting a little Ewok to pop up from behind the trees!  Enough of Star Wars talk!   Seriously though the location is perfect  Each shot shows that thought had gone in to looking for the perfect frame for maximum effect,  I have done filming in locations like this and it is surprisingly easy to get complacent.  As the shoot goes on you have to fight the urge to just say ok we’ll just shoot it here because after a wile everything can start looking the same. But with shots like this one (below) You can see #ZeekEarl (Cinematography) really made best use of the location. on location short film

Although this short does have an element of high end grab and go film making, contributed to the choice of using mostly handheld shot throughout, this definitely adds to the feel and notion that although our protagonists are on an uninhabited planet, they are not quite as alone as they might think.  Whether this was thought out or not, it was a good move!

Film making tips:

To be honest there is not too much that I would change.   This was a nicely made short film, the only thing I can do is highlight the weakest scene which has to be the conversation that takes place in the tent.   Please don’t get me wrong this is not a bad scene I just did not feel that the cinematography was as consistent with the other scenes.  This is most likely due to the lack of space available inside the tent, making it difficult to set up the shot, but this is a minor point hardly worth mentioning.

All being said this is a well-written elegant yet simple script that used a great location with some nice story telling.   Thanks to all involved, a nice addition to our film community. Others involved in this short film are listed below.

Manager: Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment Directed by: Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell Written by: Chris Caldwell Cinematography by: Zeek Earl Assistant Director: Ian Van der Werff Starring: Callie Harlow & Tony Doupe Produced by: Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell & Brice Budke Executive Producer: Kathryn V. Fields Associate Producer: Lucas Zaiden Production Design by: Nicholas van Strander & Matt Acosta Original Music by: Daniel L.K. Caldwell Sound Design by: Wesley Slover

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