Chris Thomas’ Science-Fiction short, The Water’s Edge, has already enjoyed a healthy run on the film festival circuit in 2011 and it’s set for more screenings during 2012, but what should be made of this Sci-Fi short, penned by the Devon screenwriter Richard Standen?
The Water’s Edge is set in Britain during the aftermath of an alien invasion. Robert Stenuit (Mark Drake) lives alone in a mountainous area, constantly fighting for survival and desperately trying to avoid the attention of the alien invaders. Robert has devoted his life to a myth, which promises that salvation can be found within the mysterious depths of water… but does it?
The film certainly features some excellent cinematography and camera work. The use of diegetic and non-diegetic sound is very impressive, with the non-diegetic soundtrack really helping to crank up the tension and atmosphere of the short. Mark Drake delivers a believable performance as a man on the edge, in a world seemingly without allies.
If I were to level one criticism, it would be the use of the slate quarry, despite the beautiful noise that the slate makes under Robert’s feet, it predominantly reminded [me] of ‘alien planets’ from ‘cheesy’ Doctor Who re-runs.
However, with that one, small criticism aside, Chris Thomas’ Science-Fiction short is captivating and beautifully shot, right up to Robert’s plunge, into the unknown.
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