Day by Day

Synopsis

A film showcasing a character’s claustrophobic perspective of the world he’s forced to live in, his lack of trust with society and therefore rejects it. And because of this rejection, what does he ultimately fall back on?

Review

3/5
A disturbing look at how modern society is affecting a mans mental health.
Written and directed by Morgan Mackerness, ‘Day by Day’ is an experimental character-study that explores the psychological consequences modern society is having on a young man. Morgan Mackerness stars as the central protagonist. The entire short is filmed in black and white. An intense drama that showcases scenes of anxiety.

The 4-minute film opens with the irritating sound of surfing through TV channels. We are then introduced to our unnamed protagonist as he sits, in isolation, at a bus shelter. The narrative is explained through character voice-over. Morgan Mackerness delivers a profound performance throughout as his character observes and critiques the “out of control” contemporary culture. The protagonist breaks the fourth-wall as if he is addressing the audience directly – potentially in blame for contributing to how society has ended up. Social media, the COVID-19 pandemic and topical civil unrest are particularly targeted. The film concludes with the character finding solace and freedom amongst nature.

Day by Day Short Film
Morgan Mackerness has created a powerful film that forces the viewers to confront a bleak view of society. The use of black-and-white cinematography aids the sombre tone. Technology, mainstream media and social media may have its advantages, but ‘Day by Day’ exposes the negative affects on mental health. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Morgan Mackerness
Writer(s): Morgan Mackerness
Cast: Morgan Mackerness
Producer(s):
Director of Photography: Morgan Mackerness
Editor(s): Morgan Mackerness
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous: Carly Ward,Duncan Mackerness,Emily Cooper,Jessica Mcleod,Morgan Mackerness

Specifications

Genre: Drama, Experimental
Subjects: Anxiety, Corruption, Isolation, Mental Health, Nature, Psychology, Society, Technology
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2022
Published in May 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Morgan Mackerness
Writer(s): Morgan Mackerness
Cast: Morgan Mackerness
Producer(s):
Director of Photography: Morgan Mackerness
Editor(s): Morgan Mackerness
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous: Carly Ward,Duncan Mackerness,Emily Cooper,Jessica Mcleod,Morgan Mackerness

Specifcations

Genre: Drama, Experimental
Subjects: Anxiety, Corruption, Isolation, Mental Health, Nature, Psychology, Society, Technology
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Year: 2022
Collections:

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Day by Day

Synopsis

A film showcasing a character’s claustrophobic perspective of the world he’s forced to live in, his lack of trust with society and therefore rejects it. And because of this rejection, what does he ultimately fall back on?

Review

A disturbing look at how modern society is affecting a mans mental health.

3/5
Written and directed by Morgan Mackerness, ‘Day by Day’ is an experimental character-study that explores the psychological consequences modern society is having on a young man. Morgan Mackerness stars as the central protagonist. The entire short is filmed in black and white. An intense drama that showcases scenes of anxiety.

The 4-minute film opens with the irritating sound of surfing through TV channels. We are then introduced to our unnamed protagonist as he sits, in isolation, at a bus shelter. The narrative is explained through character voice-over. Morgan Mackerness delivers a profound performance throughout as his character observes and critiques the “out of control” contemporary culture. The protagonist breaks the fourth-wall as if he is addressing the audience directly – potentially in blame for contributing to how society has ended up. Social media, the COVID-19 pandemic and topical civil unrest are particularly targeted. The film concludes with the character finding solace and freedom amongst nature.

Day by Day Short Film
Morgan Mackerness has created a powerful film that forces the viewers to confront a bleak view of society. The use of black-and-white cinematography aids the sombre tone. Technology, mainstream media and social media may have its advantages, but ‘Day by Day’ exposes the negative affects on mental health. Highly recommended.

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