Voiceover and Intercutting in "Woodhouse"2 distinctive techniques come together in this unusual short film.
When unusual style serves an unusual story.
Writer and Director Fred Rowson blends whimsey and melancholy in Woodhouse, a short film with a style as unique as its subject matter.
Patient and fluid camera moves carry us through the Woodhouse Nature Reserve and its surroundings in Southeast London. A storybook narrator connects character to character: a little girl, a restless old man, and a successful journalist investigate the possibility that “some creature is living” in the tangled depths of the nature reserve. Could their suspicions be true?
The voiceover – often perceived as a crutch for weak storytelling – and the intercutting – often the territory of feature films – are well matched and well executed in Rowson’s eight minute tale. Ultimately, Woodhouse is a colorful exploration of imagination, skepticism, and man’s obsession with the supernatural, quietly and skillfully presented.
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