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Lomond Films are an independent amateur film company based in Scotland. They produce amateur short films with just a camera and editing equipment. In this article we are going to look at three of their films. Watch the films by clicking the videos to the left.
Looking For Love.
Dating can be hellish. Especially if you are thrown into a hotel with other singletons for a weekend. Lomond Films utilises the trend of real life documentaries that is currently experiencing a surge in popularity to explore this concept. Hotels, restaurants, benefits, hospitals. They have all been targeted and Looking for Love uses this style effectively to provide the viewer with a funny and well scripted short. The shots used are very similar to those used in documentary series and the overall atmosphere works for this kind of film.
The acting is occasionally questionable but the lighthearted feel of the film manages to distract from that. Join the individual and sometimes eccentric characters and see which ones manage to make it to the bedroom, assuming the booze doesn't get in the way. Or their personalities.
Ever since George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (and the sequels) turned zombie films into a genre all of their own they have been crossbred with other genres. In this short by Lomond Films we see it bred with a bit of comedy and with travelling across dimensions. At a house party two friends are convinced to rub a ring (!) and are transported to a place that they wished for. Unfortunately this doesn't go quite to plan and a nice romantic picnic includes a zombie girl. If they can make their way back to reality, with everything go back to normal? This film is distinctly amateur and it makes no illusions about that. It does suit the film to a certain extent and although both script and acting could be improved it is an enjoyable watch.
If Indiana Jones had been filmed on a council estate, Consequences is a pretty fair representation of what it may have looked like. Two adventurers run through a concrete, graffiti rid jungle in order to gain a golden egg. The film then transforms into the Matrix with men in long black coats chasing them. The female adventurer is then captured and asked to choose a red or blue drink in order to get rescued. The film leaves us guessing.
With very limited scripting the film relies on action and physicality to tell the story and keep the plot moving forward. This works well and although the pace isn't as quick as it could be it does build some suspense. There is a strong use of space and environment which adds to the spirit as well as a soundtrack helping to build atmosphere. Consequences is an interesting amalgamation of two very different films, and Lomond Films manages to pull it off.