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Friday, January 22, 2016

One Woman, Her Business & "A Warming Trend": A Thinking Comedy

"A WARMING TREND" (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Length- 3:42
Company:  N/A

Scarlett (Audrey Noone) is a powerful business owner who has a big problem: everything she touches gets red hot.  That's not hyperbole -- I'm speaking literally.  She touches a key, and it heats up until it literally will melt in your hand.  

This is clearly a problem, and it affects all of her business assets as well, and it's only getting worse.  She calls a board meeting with her trusted Financial Analyst (Steve Day) to get to the bottom of this before she ends up tanking her entire business.

But will she get this sorted out in time?  Is there any chance for a happy ending?

GOOD QUESTION

"A Warming Trend" is a short film also directed by Noone.  It rides on a whimsical premise, and visually we have a highly desaturated image -- with the exception of Scarlett, who is gussied up in fully visible red.  

There are odd plot holes, too.  How can she hold glass perfectly fine, or operate a cell phone, while melting a metal key?  

That being said, it all rides on a metaphorical conclusion that, once you grasp, makes for a pretty tidy and interesting joke.  I can't say more than that, because I don't want to spoil it for you -- it took some consulting with my wife to understand it, but once I got it, then I could appreciate the film for what it is.

The special effects were well done, and you can credit Dave Andrade for that.  Andrade was also the Director of Photography.  In addition, the coloring looks good and the video quality as a whole is done well.

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 2.5 / 5.  The metaphor, once you get it, makes everything lock into place.  This is a skit, first and foremost, so there's no "story", no character arc or plot line as such, but it still makes for a fun watch.  
Directing: 2.5 / 5.  Visually, it's a pretty basic affair -- but it's also told in a single room, and there's a limit to what you can do when you've got those kinds of constraints.
Editing: 3.5 / 5.  A few of the shots could have been trimmed a little, but the coloring looks good and the post-production special effects are good. 
Sound/Music: 3 / 5.  The music comes to us from Incompetech.com and Miles Thatch.  Mark Phillips handles the sound design in a competent way.  
Acting: 3 / 5.  Audrey Noone and Steve Day are effective in their roles.  

Final Grade: 2.9 / 5.




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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