22 September 2019 | bob the moo
US special 4 - Newark/Sonnet #78: Pretty straightforward without too much special about it
By chance I watched this after catching up on the most recent film in the 'main' NYSX series of films, which was also of sonnet 78. Perhaps the timing was unfortunate because I found that one to be a bit better than this one, although this one made a good fist of putting the text into the real world. A man writes poetry while drawing remotely on his muse as he sees her. This is manifested in a dancer who performs near him at times, but generally it is a straight delivery of the text within this frame. As such it is a solid piece and it does make the text more accessible by virtue of it taking its time and providing a real example to occur within.
Technically it is not as polished as I would have liked. The mix of ADR voice over and in-field recording is a bit jarring, and visually it is fairly obvious and basic - a decent job but no shots or framing that really caught me as well designed and executed. Again, bad timing to see 78 just before this one, in a version where this was all better. Overall it is a fairly straightforward short that doesn't really do a great deal, but does at least make the text a bit more accessible by virtue of being clear on its 'narrative'. Otherwise though it doesn't have much polish anywhere in the production that would make it stand out from the pack.