DIRECTED BY ARRON BLAKE AND DARIUS SHU DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY DARIUS SHU PRODUCTION COMPANY LITTLE DEER FILMS SILVERPRINCE PICTURES
STARRING ARRON BLAKE, PHILIP BRISEBOIS
Alfred Hitchcock once said, the best way to build suspense is to show the audience the danger the character is in without them knowing and see how long you can build that tension. Darius Shu and Aaron Blake, Director of the Short film His Hands, have taken this a step further by letting the audience create the world of the narrative for themselves by leaving it open to interpretation, relying on their artistic use of cinematography and score to address the tone of the film. Produced on a small budget, it brings out art that could easily rival those on with a much larger financial backing.
The use of non-dialogue captures the audience's minds in ways that sometimes films of this genre with dialogue may lean on with subtle exposition and although it may seem risky now to do so, viewers are surely in for a visual treat and appreciation of the use of lighting, framing and camera movement, from the first frame to the last you see how well thought and planned it all was and nothing feels unnecessarily placed. Their use of social commentary using sound and music, brings back an element of film that a lot of audience might have overlooked. The importance of sound in cinema sometimes does not receive the credit it deserves in the role it plays to the narrative but His Hands really uses this well to lead the story.
We wanted to create a modern silent film that speaks to the audience through strong performances, unusual imagery, lighting and sound. The film offers a stimulating and exhilarating vision of the world and the dark and dangerous society in which we live. It has a strong visual language that is consistent throughout and incorporates symbolic ‘poetry’ in its framing, lighting and composition. We want viewers to question what they see, feel a myriad of emotions and work out what this piece means to them. The themes we touched on is isolation, loneliness, acceptance, ageism and identity. We kept it silent and the narrative it’s open to everyone, and we’re thrilled with the reaction it’s had so far with different interpretations.