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Take a Hike (2012, Mark Blitch)

Take a Hike is a genial short about a college dropout slash app designer (Taylor James Brandt) going for a hike with his prospective father-in-law (Todd Terry). Director Blitch occasionally slathers on the melodrama in the backstory or the details, but Brandt and Terry weather it admirably.

Terry, as the dad, immediately establishes his character–though the costume choice of a denim jacket helps a lot. Blitch’s script, besides the melodrama, is sparse. Terry and Brandt fill in the personality.

Brandt’s a little like John Krasinski, but without the sardonic self-awareness. He provides a good balance with Terry, who’s intense but also more Hike‘s protagonist.

The real star of the short is Blitch. His composition is sublime and the photography (Blitch assisted by Joey Williams) is stunning. Blitch is a very patient director. The camera sits and waits for the action to play out.

Hike‘s confident work.

2/3Recommended

CREDITS

Written, edited and directed by Mark Blitch; directors of photography, Blitch and Joey Williams; music by Williams; produced by Blitch and Todd Terry.

Starring Taylor James Brandt (Adam) and Todd Terry (David).


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The Code (2011, Mark Blitch)

The Code starts with an extremely funny one liner. It’s maybe the most inspired one liner of its kind and with such a high achievement, the rest is undoubtedly in trouble.

Daylon Walton and Tamara Voss are the unfortunate horror film couple, necking in the woods, when the monsters appear. Except it’s not just one monster, it’s three (or four). Taylor James Brandt leads the zombies, who show up first. Todd Terry, as a chainsaw killer, interrupts them.

Bickering ensues. The dialogue isn’t great, but Brandt and Terry are absolutely fantastic. Brandt’s whining alone makes The Code worth a look.

Then a vampire shows up and another guest star. Then The Code falls apart completely. It’s not Blitch’s fault… at least not entirely. His composition and sense of movement are strong. It’s Voss. She’s awful. It’s like she doesn’t get the joke.

Regardless, it’s well-made; Brandt and Terry excel.

2/3Recommended

CREDITS

Edited, photographed and directed by Mark Blitch; written by Jason Walter Vaile and Alan Tregoning; music by Kevin MacLeod; produced by Blitch, Vaile and Tregoning.

Starring Daylon Walton (Chad), Tamara Voss (Vanna), Taylor James Brandt (Shaun), Todd Terry (Carl), Ben Cody Rogers (Neil) and Kevin A. Green (Kyle).


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