Missed Call Review

Missed Call is a short film based on a fourteen-year-old kid and his mother who tries to get back in contact the boys’ father, exploring the difficulties of not having a father when growing up. The entire short film was shot on an iPhone X and was still able to produce a film that looks like it was a big budget production, this shows how many amazing things you can bring to life with the device we use on a daily basis. Although I cannot relate to the disappearance of a father for eleven years, I can agree that this short film successfully adapted the experience of needing a father, even if the result is bad. The idea of desperately trying to get a response, and constantly trying to find the best way to get in contact again was so accurate. Because of its accuracy and high level production, this short film won three awards: 2019 BAFTA – Best short film category 2019, The Social Media Short Award at the 2018 AHRC Research in Film Awards and The Best UK Short award at the Super Shorts London Film festival. I absolutely believe that this short film deserved all those wonderful awards, and even believe it should have won The Best UK Short Award at Open City Documentary Festival, of which it was nominated for.

Though, as much as I praise it there is one issue that I have with the short film. Some of the wide shots of the environment were too long. The time lapses were good, most of the wide shots were good, but some of them were simple still recordings that ran on for ten or so seconds with no dialogue or important sounds, taking me out of the moment as I patiently awaited the next scene. The timing of the wide shots has to be short in order to keep the watcher interested, if you want a long wide shot then you will need to add something interesting like a bit of important dialogue or a sound that relates heavily to the story. In a short film you will absolutely need to keep the watcher trapped in your creation and never make the story loose its magic, it may be hard, but this short film almost done it perfectly, keeping me engaged throughout almost the entire thing.

But the most important thing is what I took from it. Although I have experienced what was explored in the short film, I am fully aware of what people will most likely take away with them. Chances are, people will realise or remember that life can be confusing, life can be hard, life is full of struggles, but you are just meant to get through it, and that you can do it. Because the boy in the story was only fourteen, it makes many people relate to the short film even with they haven’t experience what the film is based on, and by seeing the boy struggle and beat all the hardships he was going through, people will feel like they should be capable of doing the same, because why can’t they? Missed call is a short film that I think should be shown in assemblies in schools all across the country as it is a great way of showing the students who are suffering in some way similar to the boy in the short film, and by showing them Missed Call, it can give them hope that when the hard times come, they can get through it and deal with the pressure.

In the past I used to take a Media cause for my GCSE’s and had to do a bit of filming to create a short film, if I had seen Missed Call at that time, there would be many things I would change. When I created the short film, something I would’ve loved to have added if I saw missed call back then is a time lapse. I did struggle with the timing of the recordings and on many occasions had to wait until the next day to get the perfect setting as I thought that I should have the different scenes have similar lighting so that the change in time does not look too sudden, however, with a time lapse I would have been able to smoothly transition the time between the scenes which would have definitely added a few points to my overall grade.

In conclusion, Missed Call is a story that I know well, a story I love for its accuracy, and a story that could inspire many to try their best no matter what. I would recommend this story to anyone who is in secondary school or above, it is too good not to.




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