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Friday, November 7, 2014

One Way or Another Productions' "Whisper" Unsettles With Tricks & Treats

"WHISPER" (2014)
Genre: Horror
Length- 9:29
Company: One Way or Another Productions
Website: Official

Matthew (Tim Eliot) has a friend (Nicholas Wilder) who only he can see and hear, who accompanies him everywhere he goes, all the time, always.  This might be the sign of an amazing relationship but for the fact that his friend is always trying to get Matthew to do bad things.

And this Halloween, he's got a doozy of a bad thing to do . . . 

GOING MENTAL

"Whisper" is something of a one man show -- a short film written, directed and produced by David Yosefovich Abramov.  It's a horror story of sorts, playing with cinema's portrayal of mental illness, and questioning the nature of reality. 

If we believe something is there, and that belief affects our actions, then isn't it real?

The results are up on the screen.  While clearly a shoestring production, Abramov ups the apparent
production value of his film by including what appears to be a real Halloween parade, which adds some genuinely unsettling imagery to what is otherwise a film situated in very mundane settings indeed.

CONCLUSION

It's effectively creepy with a hint of demented humor (love the chicken suit), and I watched it twice to make sure I got everything but unfortunately I couldn't quite follow how we got to the conclusion.  I don't want to give anything away, and what happens onscreen feels right, but the script didn't quite get me from one state of affairs to the other.

Even so, I much enjoyed "Whisper" and I look forward to seeing much more from Abramov and One Way or Another Productions.

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 3 / 5.  The script put us in a quite odd situation with no explanations, and for the most part it worked, but I couldn't quite make the leap to the finale.
Directing: 3.5 / 5.  Abramov kept the visuals coming, and I particularly grooved to the montage with the Halloween parade -- really inspiring stuff.  I will say that some of the bits with Wilder yelling were shot in a disorienting fashion, which might have been the point, but it took me out of the film.
Editing: 3 / 5.  The pacing is perfect and the coloring is beautiful.  The film as a whole looks really, really good. 
Sound/Music: 3 / 5.  The soundtrack was all classical, all the time, and it worked well enough.  It never added to the creep factor, though.
Acting: 4  / 5.  While Eliot was a bit hit or miss for the first half of the film, once the you-know-what hit the fan, he was dead on -- particularly in the alleyway.  And Wilder didn't quite feel authentic in that first scene, but from the apartment onward, he channeled some kind of scary and I much enjoyed his manic performance.  Great job, guys!   Andrea Powel popped up for a couple scenes and did what she could with what she had.

Final Grade: 3.3 / 5.

Don't forget to check out the official website of One Way or Another Productions, follow the creators on Facebook and watch the teaser trailer for "Whisper" right 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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