Valibation is a hugely unique piece of cinema (short film or otherwise) directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Channelling 80s Cronenberg (and knowingly acknowledging it) at his body shock best, this stunning film depicts two things that are very poignant in today’s society; our desperate desire to be popular and our insatiable need to be constantly connected to the world via a mobile phone.
One of the standout things about the short is its incredible camera work. The camera moves in ways that you would not expect possible, sometimes with dizzying effect and this gives the film an edge and originality that make it feel a very one-of-a-kind experience.
It also perfectly captures the culture of mobile phone obsession by presenting the user experience in very inspired ways. We don’t just cut to the phone screen every time the lead character starts typing, instead the clever use of visual effects puts us right in the middle of the action by displaying the phone’s screen activity within the scene. not only does this make the short more interesting and coherent, but also manages to turn the audience into iPhone voyeurs.
It’s full of great ideas, some fairly horrific imagery and a good dose of social commentary, so why not give it a whirl? You don’t even have to go far to watch it. It’s right here:
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