In an art form so built around the image, filmmakers often seem to forget that withholding from the audience can be even more potent than showing a complete narrative. I cannot count the number of times I’ve sat through films with unnecessary flashbacks, endings that feel far too long, and other wastes of cinematic time that leave nothing to the imagination. The problem is even more pronounced in the realm of shorts, where there’s absolutely no flexibility. Every unnecessary minute should be shaved, so that things remain compact and effective; there’s nothing worse than a short that feels too long. Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Buchanan understand this, and have crafted “Room 10” as a short that plays effectively with the off-screen life of its protagonist.
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