To the beat of a metronome, Taylor Engel’s The Pavement unravels. Revelling in its noir roots, the short excels thanks to a narrative that plays to the strength of the format.
It toys with audience expectations from the off. The looping narrative forever intrigues, adding new tweaks with each repetition. Christopher Connors’ clever script bursts with narrative tricks that arrest, and abet Engel’s confident direction.
Yet, when reduced to its base elements, this short is simplicity at its finest. Adroit and clean, The Pavement is an exemplary example of short filmmaking and Engel is a talent to watch.
Do you have a short film you’d like to be considered for our Short of the Week feature? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTOR: Taylor Engel
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Connors
CAST: Clayton Nemrow, Kerry Norton, Clive Coe
SYNOPSIS: The city at night, a couple alone. A scream from the woman, the smoke of the gun…