Brought to the small screen by Eric Bair and Bair Films Social Connection mirrors todays technology culture and highlights how dependent people have become. Social Connection is all about how we connect via our devices and asks the question 'Are we forgetting how to connect without a device between us?'
From the start there is good use of social media and 'technology sounds' which are almost reminiscent of Wreck it Ralph. The film uses practically no dialogue and all the interactions are documented on screen as text messages along with the physical reactions of each person. There is a strong emphasis on body language and facial expression. When they are sat in the same room the the young couple almost immediately face away from each other and begin communicating via text. This is particularly highlighted in the woman saying how romantic it is texting by phone light when the power goes off. *Sigh*
The film uses colour as a metaphor for the relationship itself. The film is presented in black and white whilst they communicate via text. We are provided with a colour 'selfie' that they take when they realise it is 5 years since they started dating, having met via website. Apt. The colour of the photograph representing the spark of physical contact. The film then moves into colour once they couple start communicating face to face. This use of colour represents the benefits and vibrancy of communicating together face to face. It is what brings life into the film, and into the relationship.
Social Connection uses its visuals in place of speech and it works well. It is a simple film that delivers its message in a clear and understated way. It depicts a society where communication may very well be losing its ability to communicate effectively. This film is worth a watch. On your phone. Whilst on a date.
Use the web address below to view this Award Winner at Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival 2015.
Directed by Tofiq Rzayev 'The Girl in the Woods' is based on his English screenplay titled 'Find Me' which has been transformed into a Turkish screenplay by Rzayev himself.
Ceren, finds a cryptic message from her missing boyfriend Ali and involves a mutual friend, Mert in finding him. Mert stumbles across an intriguing woman in woods as he searches for Ali but she is not what she seems. The Girl in The Woods is a story of a women trying to find that love, that connection with another that she craves. But she also craves perfection. And when it becomes apparent that the men she snares are not perfect there are horrendous consequences. The film is an interesting take on co-dependency and a need to be loved unconditionally that then manifests into something much more sinister.
The camera work and lighting in the piece look semi professional and demonstrate a good standard of production. The editing of the shots is done well using reaction shots as well a background blurring to focus on the individuals in each scene. Unfortunately tinny and excessive natural sounds such as grass underfoot and wind are distracting and at times the actors voices becomes secondary to the natural elements.
The film is executed well overall in terms of screenplay and production, showcasing the skills of experienced short filmmaker Rzayev, however the sound editing could be improved to make the overall experience more absorbing. Excellent acting on behalf of the mystery women who is beguiling and enchanting, but equally unnerving. The film explores a much used topic but offers a different slant. It would be interesting to develop her character more, as well as get more background to the other characters but the mystery behind them does add something to the piece, encouraging viewers to use their imagination.
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the woods......