Dark Wave: Inside My Mind (2011) – By Josh Samford

Experimental short films are usually some of the most fun, for me at least. Although these movies most certainly lean towards the pretentious and usually resolve very little in terms of narrative or a emotional response, they do have one thing going for them: creativity. While most are usually made without any real complex ideas behind them, many of these backyard-Fellini-films are wholly visual creations. While Dark Wave: Inside My Mind won’t rack up any major awards due to its purely original ideas, it does show a young filmmaker trying out a great deal of aesthetic ideas and I whole heartedly endorse that.

The short is only two and a half minutes long and the basic premise is fairly simple. The film focuses on a young man trapped inside of the dark half of his mind. The concept makes sense, as we all have that dark and scary place within ourselves that threatens to pop up at any moment, but it seems like more of an excuse to shoot really moody imagery. Whichever direction happens to be true, I can respect the work put in. Director John Stevenson compiles some bizarre imagery and makes a short that is dark and morbid enough to baffle the audience. With this sort of project, it seems that bewildering the audience is inevitably the ultimate goal.

The project goes a bit overboard with its use of filters and dark atmosphere, but otherwise it shows promise and hopefully leads to more interesting work in the future. A short film with a bit more narrative and maybe even an introduction that builds up tension to support all of the crazy imagery would be nice to see in the future. If you’d like to take a look at the short yourself, you can find it on Vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/27183648