Is A Cool Concept Enough for a Story to Stand Out? [Watch Pockets by DANIELS]
It’s not the first time that the hottest/’coolest’ duo of filmmakers of the moment, the DANIELS, is making it to mentorless, and I could have showcased almost every worked they have done in the last year as there is always something fresh and different coming out of their universe.
Today I decided to share Pockets, a 3 minute short movie they realized for Random Acts, a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4 [that] showcase 260 specially commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and original expressions of creativity.
If you are already familiar with the Daniels’ work, Pockets is not without reminding you of Puppets, an earlier piece the filmmakers made where a an absurd premise lead to innovative fight scenes (although not as well captured as in Pockets)
I believe 3 minute is the perfect length to explore innovative storytelling and dig high-concepts.
High-concept often stand on tiny premises, and even though they are a great experience for the audience as they open new doors narratively and/or visually, they often don’t have enough meat to keep us interested in a longer format version.
And Pockets illustrates it perfectly. The story itself is weak, mostly because of a forced conclusion (with a nice reference to Fight Club though-well, hopefully it’s a reference) but it doesn’t matter because the originality of the premise and the outstanding fight scenes compensate, and because it’s a very short short.
A good premise is the key to start anything (and I don’t necessarily mean a crazy complicated premise) but every premise doesn’t need a feature length or even a 15 minutes treatment.
Of course we (mostly) don’t have the means the Daniels have to realize their cool concepts, but every cool concept doesn’t need special effects, and sometimes they just need three minutes to fully live their lives.