The Black Hole (2008)
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 03:50
The Black Hole Starring Napoleon Ryan (Charlie), Created by British filmmakers Phil Sansom and Olly Williams. Charlie is working the night shift. He is very tired and has had a long day already. Everyone else has gone home and he has a huge pile of copying to do, with important deadlines for the next day. He is dazed from sleep deprivation and spinning out a little from his coffee high, A man waits at a printer at work to receive some items, but the printer is faulty; he gives the printer a kick for encouragement, and is greeted by a printed image of a single, large black circle. Initially, the man thinks nothing of this, and ignores the sheet of paper – this is, until he places his cup down on the paper and it disappears into the black circle. Once this man is over his confusion and fascination of this strange object, he puts it to the te?st; after testing the ‘black hole’ on a vending machine to retrieve a free snickers bar, he unlocks a door and blutacs the piece of paper to a vault, and starts to steal heaps of money. However, after stealing a few batches the man climbs into the vault to obtain more money, but once he gets inside the paper with the black hole falls down – and the man is trapped in the vault.
"The Black Hole" is a short and deep tale of greed of human nature. It is impressive how the writers and directors Philip Sansom and Olly Williams were able to make a short of less than 3 minutes running time without any line and succeed in transmitting one of sins so perfectly and with right dose of humor. Comedy is the most prominent genre that is associated with this short film. This is shown by the character’s exaggerated facial expressions and movements, which also make up for the lack of dialogue, as well as when the character gets trapped at the end. There is also a supernatural or sci-fi element in this short film as a black hole is found in Space. This sequence is filmed in a workplace, most likely an office. The audience can recognise this as the man is dressed in a typical work uniform of a white shirt, tie. The most defined editing technique is the black hole itself, and how a sheet of paper is transformed into something that the man and objects can pass through. Camera technique and their effects, at the very start the camera quickly pans across the room towards the man, which establishes the location of the film so the audience can understand what his job is and what might happen in this film. Use of sound, at the start of this short film whenever the man goes near the black hole there is a mysterious noise, signifying that this object is mysterious and strange, and could possess some ‘powers’ or something as equally unusual. There is a lot of sound in the film which is produced from the surroundings in the office, including the loud printer at the start of the sequence. There is no dialogue in this sequence, considering that there is only one character presented so he does not have anyone to converse with.