You might remember Nate Golon from my posts ages ago about the webseries Workshop. Recently, Nate released a new short film called Briefcase.
I have to admit, I sometimes think I'm even more critical of short films than I am of scripts. This probably owes to the fact that I've seen a lot of bad shorts and I'm always convinced that I would have avoided making such glaring mistakes. Each of my own shorts made me a better filmmaker and so naturally, my gut reaction is to nitpick shorts that perhaps fall short of what I consider to be my ability.
That why I was surprised when Nate's film held my interest all the way through. As I told him in an email, I can't claim to completely understand the ending, but the pacing, editing and overall execution was smooth enough to keep my attention until the end. Nate avoids a trap so many short film directors fall into - over-directing. Some guys are so determined to show off their "eye" that their composition and editing becomes a liability rather than an asset. Nate gets some good angles, here, but he's practices restraint.
If you're so inclined, here's the Facebook page for Briefcase.