Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Modern Family" Dana Powell and Stacey Hinnen of "Veep" Poke Holes in Love With "Donation"

"DONATION" (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Length- 4:39
Company: Bruton Stroube Studios
Website: Official

Beth (Dana Powell, "Modern Family") donates blood, like any number of socially conscious adults do.  What might be surprising to you, and to the resident phlebotomist (Stacey Hinnen of HBO's "Veep"), is just why she comes back -- again, and again, and again . . .

"Donation" is a humorous short coming to us fresh out of the oven from Bruton Stroube Studios with a pair of comedically gifted actors taking the lead roles. 

Here we go . . .


One of the first things you'll notice when you click play on "Donation" is its apparent production value.  Director Paul Emerson secured the perfect location for the shoot.  It does not take much suspension of disbelief to believe that we are actually at a blood donating facility watching for real.  The actors and actresses all look legitimate, no matter how background they are.

Now for the meat and potatoes of the film: the dialogue.  The script, written by Emerson and Powell, is a smart stab at how fickle obsession-parading-as-love can be.  With Powell as crazy lady and Hinnen as the straight man, "Donation" could do no wrong.  Powell delivers her lines with enthusiasm, and Hinnen's reactions are subtle but humorous in their own way.

All in all, "Donation" is a fun way to spend about five minutes of your time -- and you won't walk away without having laughed.  And laughed.

Writing: 4 / 5.  The script was smart and the dialogue hilarious.  The turnabout in Powell's character was a bit on the fast side, but I went with it and had a good time.
Directing: 3 / 5.  Nothing stuck out as bad, and the film's visuals managed to create a believable world.  I enjoyed Emerson's playful back and forth shots of Hinnen and Powell.
Editing: 4 / 5.  Lucas Harger's editing is solid and water tight.  The transitions were seamless and the pacing was good enough to hold your interest.
Sound/Music: 3 / 5.  Steve Horne's sound design is efficient, but I don't remember thinking about the music one way or the other.
Acting: 5 / 5.  Hinnen and Powell were brilliant.  I liked the sensitivity that Hinnen brought to the role.

Final Grade3.8 / 5.

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