Directed by: Ruth Beni, Daniel Greaves
Written by: Ruth Beni
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All of Our Shadows
It all begins with the sound of a radio station and a weather report before shifting into a call-in talk show. To the question asked, the caller responds that they're scared to leave their home. You may be entertaining thoughts of the current pandemic, but that's not where this short film is heading. Although the current world climate does/could relate, It all really depends on how the viewer takes in the movie.
As the teenager begins to show us the sources of his fears, we see him leave his home, and he's instantly pursued by an unwanted stalker. A shadow monster that is everywhere. Eventually, our animated hero arrives at school, and we find out the true sources of his multiple fears. In general, our teenager fears life itself. It's a dangerous world out there, and especially when you live in certain city areas, things can go downhill fast. All of Our Shadows addresses some of these issues by name and others by insinuation only. We see a streetside alter, hear about stabbings, and even hear about regular teenage stuff. Do people like me? There's so much packed into a short film that's under ten minutes, and it's all done so well.
All of Our Shadows is an animated short film, and it's animated well. Animation can be hit or miss, but here it's a slam dunk. There's a cartoonish oil canvas look that I really enjoyed, and for viewers looking for some style and flair, there is plenty here.
This title is all about the visuals and the message it conveys. The message is open enough to be used for multiple questions but obvious enough to be taken at face value. Ruth Beni and Daniel Greaves have hit a home run with this title. That's for sure. I wish there were more to write, but considering this film was so fast, and I don't want to reveal every single detail, I feel I've about summed things up. I highly recommend this film.