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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Sticky Hold Up Brings the Laughs in Short Film "Glazed & Confused"

"GLAZED & CONFUSED" (2013)
Genre: Comedy
Length- 5:24
Company: N/A
Website: Facebook

It's another late night at the closed donut shop for Clark (Heston Horwin) when Neil (Jordan Mosley) bursts in with a gun and demands all the money in the cash register.

But things start to go south when Clark recognizes Neil from school, and has quite the unusual reaction . . .

WHAT NOW?

"Glazed & Confused" is a student film out of Chapman University, but it doesn't feel like one.  From the smart direction and funny script to the hectic pacing of the editing -- all of which are handled by one man, Trevor Stevens -- it feels and is as entertaining as any comedy flick coming from a budget twenty times bigger.

The production values are top notch, and Stevens even manages to pull out a few different cool shots, all coming from the limited options available when filming at a donut shop.  I particularly liked the shot of Clark between lines of donuts.  Even though he's being held up, he still can't stop himself from looking at those delicious baked goods. 

Both Horwin and Mosley are credible in their roles, and neither one ever feels like they're reciting lines.  That being said, their roles were not written with depth, considering how short the film is, and as a result the range of emotions on display really were for the most part one note.

All in all, it's an enjoyable short, even though the payoff at the end doesn't live up to what preceded it in the film's short run time.

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 3 / 5.  Stevens presents a situation that honestly COULD happen and twists it completely to the opposite of what we expect.  There wasn't a real ending, but even so, I appreciate the effort Stevens took to make this film what it is.
Directing: 3 / 5.  I actually enjoyed the frantic handheld directing, which is unusual for me.  I think it avoided some of the "seasickness" style of filmmaking that pervades many student films today by balancing the handheld with frequent steady wide shots.
Editing: 4 / 5.  This film moves so fast and the humor flies so furiously that you won't even feel the time pass by.  Nothing seemed over long, and each shot's transition ran seamlessly into the next.
Sound/Music: 2 / 5.  The sound was pretty standard -- it was all audible, but there wasn't anything particularly entertaining.  The only music was a tinny sounding old radio song.
Acting: 3 / 5.  Excellent performances by both actors.

Final Grade: 3 / 5.

Don't forget to check out "Glazed & Confused" on Vimeo and follow the film on Facebook!  You can also connect with writer/director/editor Trevor Stevens here! 



Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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