A12

Written by Joey Corpora (@JoeyCorpora)

Just a heads up to our readers, from here on out we will be accepting short films submitted for reviews. This week I review the first of these short films, titled A12.

The film was directed by Seaton Lin and stars Chase McGuire (Chris) and Antonella Lentini (Lexi) as two lovebirds in a troubled relationship. Many of us have been in their shoes at some time or another; you’re madly in love, but suddenly due to circumstances beyond your control (family move, school, work) you are forced to make a choice: do we break up and go our separate ways, or does one of us follow the other?

ProCreate A12This is the choice Chris and Lexi face as the film opens. Lexi tells Chris she can’t go with him, and is upset that he hasn’t offered to go with her. After some arguing, they call it a night and split up. 

Chris meets up with some friends who offer him a strange new drug called A12, which “allows the user to perceive the world differently.”

The user goes through various stages after taking the drug, including a phase that allows the user to hear colors. This was a great little sequence, where different musical chiming noises were added as Chris began to hear different wavelengths.

The final phase of using A12 is called “skipping.” Chris finds himself in a white room with a ton of tiny particles floating around, which he discovers he can manipulate and move around at his will. This was a very cool sequence with great special effects. 

After Chris completes his A12 journey, he seems to have undergone some internal changes, and he returns to Lexi and promises to go with her.ProCreate A12

Overall, A12 was a great little sci-fi short. The cinematography was gorgeous; my only gripe is that most of the film was shot at night, so a lot of shots are pretty dark. However, there is some very nice lighting composition throughout, especially in the scenes with the characters sitting by the pool and the entire sequence in the white room. The sound design was great and the music definitely fit the film.

If you’re looking for a short film to help you kill 10 minutes, A12 is a good place to start.

I had a chance to interview Seaton Lin, the director, earlier this week. You can read our conversation below:

Joey: When did you begin making films? Did you go to film school?

Seaton: I started making films in 2007. Prior to that time I made a few indie music videos and primarily worked in advertising / broadcast design.

I didn't go to film school. I learned everything on the job. 

I've always loved cinema. I started as a musician, got into photography and graphic design. That's what eventually lead me to filmmaking.

Joey: Why did you choose to make this film?

Seaton: I chose to make this film because I liked the concept and the challenge of it. I wanted to try my hand at combining two distinct genres (Teenage Drama + Sci-Fi) to see if it could work. 

ProCreate A12Joey:  What was it like on set? Any funny stories?

Seaton: On set / location, the shoot was quite difficult. We had a limited amount of time and had to move quickly. A lot of the shooting was done back to back with very little sleep. I remember being stressed most of the time, but luckily everyone was at ease and great to work with.

Joey:  What was the hardest part of making the film? Lack of money/people? Problems in editing?

Seaton: There were quite a few challenges in making this film, definitely lack of money and crew. This film was made with a crew of 3 (including myself). We had to wear many hats and trust our instincts a lot of the time.

The editing wasn't difficult, the actors made it easy on that end. The most difficult part was the visual effects, design and color correction. I had to figure out how to create a world for the main character as he enters "the white room." I typically don't like CG or modern sci-fi films. I wanted to stay away from that aesthetic. I referenced a lot of classic sci-fi films in hoping to re-create a simple look and elegant atmosphere.

Joey:  If you could give aspiring filmmakers some advice, what would you say to them?

Seaton:

• Don't quit your day job.

• Don't expect any one to care (about your work).

• Read more scripts / Try writing a screenplay.

• Take an acting class

• Listen and work with people better than you.

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You are right in that I was presumptuous radnrgieg PDA, sorry. I just figured that at least the holding of hands was happening as someone obviously knew you were a couple. From a mother's perspective it is just not the right place and it seems self indulgent. When you say I really think kids need to see gay couples in real life isn't that being something driven by a belief system you've come to adopt? What's more right about your belief system than someone that feels homosexuality isn't something that should be displayed in public because of their belief that it's wrong? By the way, I think there are all sorts of things in our society that shouldn't be displayed in public. It bothers me for instance that I can't go to Blockbuster without my kids having to be exposed to one seductively dressed woman after another on the DVD covers. I don't like that I have to constantly be on guard with what's showing on television, even what are supposed to be kids shows. I don't think that Disney should set the standard for what's good and right for kids minds. It seems our culture is increasingly obsessed with sex and we accept lower standards for what's appropriate. Is that a good thing? I wonder if we are wrapping our identities up in our sexuality too much (heterosexual and homosexual alike) and in the process, we are selling ourselves short of what we are as an entire being.If Disney is not the standard, what or who should be? That's a challenge and one we wouldn't likely agree on, but I will ask this. Shouldn't love and consideration of others be close to the top of the list? I believe that, so I choose to refrain from freedoms all the time in public, for sake of others, we all do, or at least it seems we all should. I don't feel it's right for me for instance to push my faith beliefs into someone's life, but by love and kind deeds and demonstrating how faith works in my own life, opens the door for conversations. I'm sure you would agree with that. When you decide kids need to see gay couples are you pushing your beliefs into someone's life? Is that loving and considerate?The reality is there are less and less venues that I feel are appropriate for my kids to be a part of. Does that make us prudes? Maybe so, but when I look at the fruit of the seeds that are being planted by our culture, I can't say I like what I see growing. Everything from teen pregnancy, to sexual disease, to broken marriages, to sexual abuse are on the rise. Is the answer we need more displays of public affection, more sex education at younger ages, more sexual themes being introduced to children on kids' shows on TV to show kids how to do it right? I don't believe that will work, it's what's been being tried and it isn't working.Likewise, isn't saying that certain majority groups would rather paint a demonic picture of something that doesn't look that far from the ordinary doing the exact same thing, painting others as demonic? That is, do people demonize those that believe homosexuality is wrong just because they believe it's wrong? Tolerance is really important to our culture, it's kind of king of the hill right now, but it seems flawed to use it as the end all be all. Here's why. How does one hold a belief and not be seen as intolerant? Doesn't the group that longs for tolerance end up becoming intolerant of those they perceive as intolerant?What I hear you saying to me then is that because you are a minority, you have the right to push your agenda on others but I do not have the right to ask you to be considerate of others. My kids will see plenty of gay couples in real life. It is not about gay couples and pretending they are not there. It is having the courtesy to think of others and how they may be trying to live out life and protecting the innocence of children until they are old enough to handle it. This may seem as not accepting you. I love you, really, Paul. But you know I do not agree with how you are living out your life. Not because I do not see your need to be loved, that is very real. Not because I am homophobic. Not because I think this is not a real thing for you. I disagree with it because of my belief that if you go against what the Lord has laid out as protection for your heart and soul you will undoubtedly create much pain for yourself in the long run along with many others along the way. Your life will have much impact on others, more than you will ever know. Sadly, the same was was true for me. Instead of embracing that sex was for the context of marriage, I went my own way, did my own thing, and suffered because of it, on many different levels. There are still issues I deal with in my marriage today because of how I entwined my life with others sexually. I missed a blessing because I thought God's instruction was a limitation of my freedom, rather than a protection of it. I was like a fish wanting to be free by escaping water, I ended up gasping for breath and my sexual freedom and joy has been diminished because of my rebellion.I do not see you as a different race. Just because one is a minority , it does not make them a race or the equivalent of it. You can't really put yourself in that kind of a category. We are all equal in God's eyes regardless of our choices, likes, dislikes skin color, lack of skin color or what ever sin we are in. I want to see you Paul out in public, even with Joey. It's not about that.Again, I love you very much and my heart hurts much at times for you. This is not to hurt you but I feel I can not sit back and say nothing. My love for you runs too deep for that. With much love and respect despite disagreement,Aunt Laura
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The problem I see with your armegunt is that it's not a belief that homosexuality is right, it's just that I'm gay. Straight people seem to take for granted that they like the opposite gender. There have always been genetic traits that aren't in the majority (you'll rarely find a Japanese person with curly hair) but they do happen. Why that would make anyone less than anyone else is a mystery for me. If I believed that straight couples were a detriment to society's morals and wanted them not to show any affection in public, would it be your responsibility to bend to my wants?Right now I cannot get married here in Minnesota. Right now I would get no legal benefits for being in a lifelong and committed relationship. I would not be able to visit my partner in a family-only critical hospital event. I'm already having to bend to near breaking point so that the religious right can feel like they're protecting America.Unfortunately most of the things your saying are coming from the Bible. Since I don't hold that up as a credible source to cite in an armegunt, I just can't see things your way. If being loving and considerate means I have to hide who I really am, what sort of life is that? I don't feel the need to justify my lifestyle choices to a religion that I realized was not the end all and be all.We get one life to live. Good things happen to Christians. Good things happen to non Christians. Bad things happen to Christians. Bad things happen to non Christians. The only difference is Christians contribute money their entire lives, adhere to a set of moral rules for their lives, and also cement their spot in heaven. So essentially the Bible can make any fancy promises it wants without ever being proved wrong' (per se) because the payoff is when you're dead. Now of course, if there were more miracles occuring (as recorded in the Bible) there would be more incentive for a skeptical world to believe. There isn't though. And I have yet to see a Christian go out and call on God to light their pyre to prove he exists why not? If he could do it then he can do it now.I just don't understand how the right can say they want to save us from heartache when in fact we suffer more because of the actions. http://jhxlrljpb.com [url=http://kkkqfmj.com]kkkqfmj[/url] [link=http://ijhkjd.com]ijhkjd[/link]
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Joey Corpora is an independent filmmaker, writer, and co-founder of Platypus Underground, an entertainment company based in Philadelphia, PA. Joey attended film school at Temple University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Media Arts. He enjoys a good plate of chicken parm and learning new juggling tricks. His greatest aspiration in life is to make campy monster movies that will play on Syfy and grace the DVD shelves of nerds around the world.

Cast and Crew

A12

Directed bySeaton Lin

Written byHunter Woo

StarringChase McGuireVaughn WilkinsonLawrence Kao, and Antonella Lentini

Produced bySeaton Lin

Music by: We Are Trees (James Richard Nee)

Casting byLiz Winter

Camera AssistantAlan Hutchinson

Runtime: 10 minutes

GenreTeenage Drama, Sci-Fi

 

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