Short Film: Best Man and The Somniloquist are simple yet effective
After the sometimes overwhelming drama of Whale Island, it’s time to lighten up the mood. This time we’ll be talking about two comedic short films with simple concepts that lead to simple laughs. In the first one, a best man is assigned a task much more than he bargained for, and in the other, a man records his unintelligible (and hilarious) babble in his sleep. No matter what kind of day you’re having, these bite sized videos are sure to brighten your day.
Best Man: Anyone who’s been a best man at a wedding could attest to the stress that sometimes comes with the position, but maybe not quite like this. When Donald asks his friend Patrick to be the best man at his wedding, Patrick’s face lights up, and he accepts. There’s a twist, though: Donald actually wants him to help murder his fiancé instead.
The dark comedy is directed by Freddie Hall and produced by Full Fat Films. Under Hall’s clean direction, there’s a comedic tension in the film that’s refreshingly simple. Donald (played by Josh O’Connor) tells his friend about his plans to murder his fiancé with deadpan seriousness. It matches excellently with Patrick’s (Ben Hall) shell-shocked expression as he attempts to talk his friend out from killing his fiancé. The pair of actors match well, and breathe life into the film.
There’s not much else to the film except a simple concept, setup and performance, all executed exactly as they need to be. If you have five minutes to spare for a life, this is how to spend them.
The Somniloquist: Here’s an original concept. After being told by friends he talks in his sleep, a guy records his slumber mumblings for a year to find the funniest sound bites. Adam Rosenberg wonders if his subconscious mind is revealing untold wisdom that could be analyzed for deeper meaning. After all, anyone who says sentences such as “Ride to catch only a mind for catch but not to catch” in their sleep must be full of conventional wisdom.
Like Best Man, there’s really nothing more to the video than just a simple concept that completely delivers on its promise. A good portion of what he says is meaningless babble – but Rosenberg’s sleeping mind has the grace to translate some of it for us. For example, 10 straight seconds of random syllables translates to the profound phrase “yeah, baby.” Rosenberg should be commended for coming up with such a simple yet effective concept. For a quick laugh, this short film is worth checking out.
Check out more of Rosenberg’s work on his website here.