It’s 1:34 pm
The cheetah and I recently got sent another short film called “Depersonalization”. We have had the good fortune of viewing many strong short films and we settled in for another….
I guess the first thing to do is read what exactly Depersonalization is. It still won’t help you understand this film in the slightest.
Written,directed and film by Austin Daniel Clodfelter, feels extremely underwritten and it fails to give the only actor,Lec Zorn,who plays Jack,any real time to establish what is ailing him.
This is a film that needed two things to make it work,another 5-6 minutes and a far better score. In short films,a strong musical score can act as dialogue and as a narrative.
Here,it does nothing of the sort and with a very little script for Zorn to work with,it just grinds “Depersonalization” to a halt. We are left with a man reading self-written notes to himself (like in “Momento”) but never understanding why.
One bright thing is Clodfelter’s cinematography,its the only thing that helps advance the story albeit in a small way. Blending colors and distorting scenes as Jack walks does give the viewer the notion something is wrong here. But again,the lack of time,script and score override this one bright spot.
Zorn does the best he can with what he has to work with. I think Austin has the genesis of a good idea and the actor to pull it off in Zorn. He just needs to back to the drawing board.
This one gets a paws/thumbs down.