speaking.

Synopsis

Our story begins tens of thousands of years ago, in a time before civilization, society, and even spoken language. Those grand old days when poop was acceptable to carry by hand, and a good rock would go a long way. Giant beasts roam the land. Wild storms rain down destruction. It is a time of momentous change.

Review

4/5
Hilariously grotesque and outrageous.
Written & Directed by Nick Esposito, ‘Speaking’ is one those rare short films that stands out like a sore thumb. A deliberately farcical comedy set in a period in which verbal communication and expression existed only by grunting, growling and moaning.

The short opens with picturesque landscapes of a world tens of thousands of years ago, but the viewing pleasure is quickly interrupted as the camera pans down to a tribe of cavepeople. We are sorely introduced to a bunch of foolish individuals who comically carry out their lives, but the world they know thus far is changing. That change is advanced when one of them (HER) learns to speak – albeit profanity.

speaking. Short Film by Nich Esposito
The short film refuses to take itself self too seriously. It’s highly grotesque and outrageous, but, most importantly, HILLARIOUS! The use of weak special effects in most live-actions would typically write-off your average narrative short, but all is forgiven here – it just multiplies the comical absurdity.

‘Speaking’ has a strong ability to convey a story without comprehensible dialogue – a narrative triumph. The musical soundtrack assists the audience to acknowledge tone and character emotion – mystifying if otherwise. A special highlight would be the rendition of Celine Dion’s’ ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – sung entirely in expletives. Gemma Soldati (HER) is the icing on the cake. A breath of originality. A distasteful delight. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Nich Esposito
Writer(s): Nich Esposito
Cast: Craig Gibson, Erica Dawson, Gemma Soldati, John Sweet, Ryan Cox
Producer(s): David Fieman, Nich Esposito, Precious Ra’Akbar
Director of Photography: Sulekh Suman
Editor(s): Ted Fields
Animation:
Sound: Bradley Dujmovic
Music: Bradley Dujmovic
Miscellaneous: Mike Casey,Robin Fuqua

Specifications

Genre: Comedy, Experimental
Subjects: Abuse, Animals, Coming-of-age, Community, Creativity, Culture, Family, Female Empowerment, Hope, Identity, Isolation, Loneliness, Love, Nature, Parody, Relationships, Satire, Society, Survival
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2020
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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Nich Esposito
Writer(s): Nich Esposito
Cast: Craig Gibson, Erica Dawson, Gemma Soldati, John Sweet, Ryan Cox
Producer(s): David Fieman, Nich Esposito, Precious Ra’Akbar
Director of Photography: Sulekh Suman
Editor(s): Ted Fields
Animation:
Sound: Bradley Dujmovic
Music: Bradley Dujmovic
Miscellaneous: Mike Casey,Robin Fuqua

Specifcations

Genre: Comedy, Experimental
Subjects: Abuse, Animals, Coming-of-age, Community, Creativity, Culture, Family, Female Empowerment, Hope, Identity, Isolation, Loneliness, Love, Nature, Parody, Relationships, Satire, Society, Survival
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2020

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speaking.

Synopsis

Our story begins tens of thousands of years ago, in a time before civilization, society, and even spoken language. Those grand old days when poop was acceptable to carry by hand, and a good rock would go a long way. Giant beasts roam the land. Wild storms rain down destruction. It is a time of momentous change.

Review

Hilariously grotesque and outrageous.

4/5
Written & Directed by Nick Esposito, ‘Speaking’ is one those rare short films that stands out like a sore thumb. A deliberately farcical comedy set in a period in which verbal communication and expression existed only by grunting, growling and moaning.

The short opens with picturesque landscapes of a world tens of thousands of years ago, but the viewing pleasure is quickly interrupted as the camera pans down to a tribe of cavepeople. We are sorely introduced to a bunch of foolish individuals who comically carry out their lives, but the world they know thus far is changing. That change is advanced when one of them (HER) learns to speak – albeit profanity.

speaking. Short Film by Nich Esposito
The short film refuses to take itself self too seriously. It’s highly grotesque and outrageous, but, most importantly, HILLARIOUS! The use of weak special effects in most live-actions would typically write-off your average narrative short, but all is forgiven here – it just multiplies the comical absurdity.

‘Speaking’ has a strong ability to convey a story without comprehensible dialogue – a narrative triumph. The musical soundtrack assists the audience to acknowledge tone and character emotion – mystifying if otherwise. A special highlight would be the rendition of Celine Dion’s’ ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – sung entirely in expletives. Gemma Soldati (HER) is the icing on the cake. A breath of originality. A distasteful delight. Highly recommended.

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