Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Marc Cartwright
Cast: Baker Chase Powell
Cinematic neophyte Marc Cartwright won’t be an unknown for long. He’s got a great understanding of the fundamentals of creating a picture, and although he’s not yet experienced enough to attempt bold maneuvers or innovate shooting angles to guaranteed success, he doesn’t need to, when it comes to films like Sloven.
What I want to see from a short film is diversity in camera positioning, crisp sound, strong performances and smooth transitions. Smooth transitions more than anything else, to be honest, as seeing choppy shifts and shoddy editing is an enormous pet peeve of mine.
Cartwright passes the test with flying colors, even if this isn’t the most original tale ever told. Speaking of telling the tale, I should probably be courteous enough to give you an idea of what the story is about. So…
Steve heads to his apartment, which his roommate has left in shambles. No big deal – the night is promising: after cleaning up, Steve will be off to join a lady friend for a Halloween party. Speaking of Halloween parties, that’s an awfully chilling getup that Brian’s got geared up for the night, and cleaning the crib with that thing hanging up could screw with anyone’s mind. Steve’s not alone in finding it a little disconcerting.
Well, the end if you want to avoid spoilers, which you do. The picture is only about six-and-a-half minutes long. It’s short, it’s sweet and it’s gloriously creepy. This one demands a recommendation and a side note: Keep your eyes on Marc Cartwright. The guy’s going somewhere.
You didn’t think the greatness ended with the rating, did you? Oh no, it still gets better, because you can actually watch the entire film, right here: