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By midlandsmovies, Nov 26 2019 09:20PM



Midlands Review - Do You See It Too?



Directed by Liam Banks


2019


Superfreak Media


"Do You See iI Too?" is the latest short story from Liam Banks and Superfreak Media which tells of a rainy night in what appears to be suburban England. A couple (Chloe Crump and Jay Podmore) are agonisingly traumatised by something lurking in the shadows of their home and we follow them as they attempt to alleviate their terror through the night.


Firstly, there are countless positives to this piece that with such a low budget must be highly commended. The colour palette is beautiful, and the usage of light is a real way to build the tension in this piece.


Ambiguous lighting like this really does press on your anxiety as the viewer and that’s what the film attempts to project onto its audience.


The sound design also was a very nice feature, not perfect mind as there are small questions of synchronicity with what we hear but its used in a very effective way to pace the film, as well as set the mysterious mood. The two lead characters were flawless when expressing fear and anxiety, and following their journey throughout this piece really connected us with them.


There was some really great shots as well which really made me feel uncomfortable at times and the pacing of this film being so peculiar was another clever technique.


The plot itself isn’t clear what it wants to portray at times but you can clearly see there are some references to other, more popular theatrical releases. However, this doesn’t cause an issue as the implementation of many horror techniques was present and I really could feel the energy behind the camera.


Overall, the short is a perfectly well implemented horror flick. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the jump scares in particular but I wouldn’t hold that against the makers as I know they had a minor budget.


So with some beautiful shots, sound design and visuals, backed up by two very good performances, Do You See It Too is a short but tense, nerve shredding ride.


Ben Warrington

@ben_warro

By midlandsmovies, Jun 20 2017 08:19AM

Just Desserts (2017)

Dir. Liam Banks


The latest offering from Superfreak Media is Just Desserts, a slapstick comedy short reminiscent of the silent films of the past.


Directed by Midlands filmmaker Liam Banks, Just Desserts plays out a night in a restaurant which is occupied by a man and his girlfriend, the waiter, a lone woman and a man who just wants his soup.


Watching this short reminded me of Charlie Chaplin’s early work or The Marx Brothers as the characters are exposed to physical comedy as a way to express their situation. The waiter struggles to keep his restaurant calm and serene as his customer’s private lives take centre stage.


The attention to detail and the clear effort gone into making this short is what really sells itself to the viewer. I was glued for the entire five-minute running time, appreciating every aspect of the production as well as enjoying watching a genre that doesn’t get enough exposure in the modern climate.


The cinematography and editing are evocative of those classic silent films, the grainy “old film reel” look of the film is consistent throughout the film and is one of my favourite elements of the film, whilst the editing employs the slightly sped up effect to emulate how early silent films were shown.


Complimenting what is shown visually is the original music by Pav Gekko which is a fantastic piece of music in its own right.


However, I don’t think the film would have been successful if the actors were not game. The cast, Adam Read, Melvyn Rawlinson, Steve Wood, Sarah Wynne Kordas (who also wrote the short) and Karen Best were professional and managed to keep a straight face throughout something I would have struggled to do!


Liam Banks, known mostly for his work in the Horror genre, shows that his talents are vast and can go beyond terrifying his audience, he can also make them laugh.


Guy Russell

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