Indie Action Short Goes ALL-IN

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Indie Action Short Goes ALL-IN
Don't mess with Canadian writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Williams. Because not only does he fill all those roles on his short film All-In but he's also the lead fighter. He can hurt you bad.

A struggling fighter faces long odds as he takes on a gambling den of criminals in an attempt to rescue his true love from the clutches of a ruthless crime boss.

After a successful festival run Williams has put the entire ten minute short online and it's one hell of a calling card, featuring some excellent camera work and impressive, all natural fight work. Take a look below.
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davebaxterAugust 18, 2013 2:25 AM

I dunno. The action definitely has some great moments, but as a total narrative it's complete blah. The script, acting, and non-action direction is mostly painful, something a better writer and director with actor experience could have alleviated. Or, maybe if Williams could get better at judging the quality of the non-action elements he could do it himself, but this short left me wanting.

The action itself could have had a much better "narrative" structure, too. It seemed pretty random, a collection of moves that didn't really effect the story much. Here's hoping he pushes himself in these directions in the future, and/or find a creative partner that can bring the action of the the rest of the film together.

MikaAugust 18, 2013 7:28 PM

He should have kicked the focus puller

Tyler WilliamsAugust 21, 2013 11:33 AM

Thanks for the opinions, Dave. I take the good with the bad and luckily yours is one of the few bad ones that I've heard :)

We shot this entire film in 2 days, on super 16 film, with no playback or reference monitors (hence the focus pulling being off). I don't think anyone can deny that that is an impressive feat in itself.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm an action director with limited experience directing dialogue scenes. I think that Louis rocked it as the villain and I don't think there was anything wrong with my performance in our scene together (but it's hard to judge oneself objectively). My "romantic" scene with Charlie at the end lacked chemistry because we had literally met that day and had no time to rehearse together. This was her first acting role (she's a model). Knowing these things and our severe time constraints I'm able to forgive the performances. When I have a budget to play with I'll give myself more time but since we couldn't pay anyone we did our best with what we had.

As for the narrative structure in the fight scene, I'm not sure what you would change. That's the only point that we fully disagree on.

This all being said, a film needs to stand on its own and not require explanations in order for someone to enjoy it, so I value your criticism very much. It gives me areas to improve on in the feature. Thanks again.