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Friday, February 28, 2014

Salute Your Shorts: Black Spot (2014)

Black Spot

After his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a man makes his way down a desolated country road in search of assistance. Before too long the man comes across a stranded car, only to find the body of a dead woman inside. This discovery leads to a game of survival, as the man does all he can to avoid becoming a victim himself, while also coming to terms with his own personal demons.

Written and directed by Luther Bhogal-Jones (Creak) and produced by Faster Productions under the Sincerely, Psychopath label, Black Spot was shot in one day using a $47 Aiptek 3D camcorder. Outside of being a 3D short, what stands out about Black Spot is the atmospheric setting, with an eye-appealing overcast sky hanging heavily over the lush British country-side setting. Black Spot also showcases some good camerawork and editing, though using such an inexpensive camera does result in a pixelated picture when watched in 2D. This was not an issue in 3D, however.

There are three version of Black Spot available to view: a 3D version requiring the classic red/cyan 3D glasses, a stereoscopic 3D version for viewing on 3D TVs and a standard 2D version (which I embedded below). I do have a few pairs of the old-school red/cyan 3D glasses, so I was able to watch Black Spot in 3D, and the 3D worked as well as you would expect from the technology used.

You can check out the 2D version of Black Spot below, but if you’d like to watch the short in 3D, you can do so by going to Faster Productions’ Vimeo page.

Salute Your Shorts 3.5

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