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Desc:Office worker xeroxes a black hole, creative shenanigans ensue.
Category:Short Films, Arts
Tags:portal, Black Hole, short film, future films, copy machine
Submitted:kingarthur
Date:12/10/09
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Comment count is 26
dementomstie - 2009-12-10
Yes.
kiint - 2009-12-10
good
kennydra - 2009-12-10
Don't steal, or you'll be locked up.

Thanks for that.
Explodotron - 2009-12-10
5 stars for stealing candy before money.
Jefka - 2009-12-10
The deranged look on his face as he ate the Snickers bar was delightful.

Rovin - 2009-12-10
A good short.
Longshot- - 2009-12-10
Interesting concept.
fluffy - 2009-12-10
Could have sworn this was on here already. Maybe not. Still good.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2009-12-10
Comeuppance is a bitch.
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2009-12-10
Nelson laugh-&-point goes here!
Cube - 2009-12-10
And here's Ralph saying "when I grow up, I want to wear Future Shorts!"

finespunabstract - 2009-12-10
he could have sold the hole for so much more than that. short term thinking was his downfall.
Robin Kestrel - 2009-12-10
The core idea and the technical execution (in terms of camera work, sound, lighting, and so forth) are fine. Yet I must give this but two stars, because of a more glaring hole... one in the story.

I find it objectionable that the properties of the hole are inconsistent:

1. First, when placed horizontally, it appears to be an extra-dimesional space... the man's hand & forearm extend past where the glass and innards of the photocopier would be, and retrieve his un-crushed styrofoam cup from some unseen space.

2. Next, it appears to also lead to an unseen space in the vertical position as well, as we can see the man's hand & forearm disappear when inserted into the hole.

3. But in the very next scene, the hole --still in the vertical orientation-- becomes a simple 2-D breach in the front of the candy machine, allowing a candy bar from inside to be pulled back out.

(Or did it? Maybe that was a totally different and unrelated Snickers from *inside* the extra-dimesional space. That's the logical assumption, given the hole's operation up to this point. Why would the man assume that this spooky eldritch candy-bar-looking thing is a Snickers from inside the machine, so sure of this that he begins to EAT it? It makes no sense.)

4. We continue to see the hole used as a 2-D breaching device to gain access to the other side of a locked door, and then to the contents of a safe. I won't spoil the ending save to say it also shows that the hole operates as a temporary breach.

Why take up the first 1:15 of a 2:21 film (52% of the movie!) to establish the primary characteristics of your title character and sole plot device only to completely contradict those in the brief remainder of the film?

I can't believe this won the Grand Prize in the Virgin Media Short Film Competition, and was was described by the judging panel as ‘beautifully crafted’ and exhibiting ‘perfect story-telling’. What film were they watching?!
sosage - 2009-12-10
You ruin the Internet.

Binro the Heretic - 2009-12-10
Ever watch a Looney Tunes cartoon?

You probably shouldn't.

plug - 2009-12-10
I must agree with this post. The film was clever and had great potential, but for the energy expended to put it together, it should have been consistent.

pastorofmuppets - 2009-12-10
The hole takes you to a magical dimension that advances the plot.

Camonk - 2009-12-11
The great thing is that whether you wrote that seriously or ironically, you're still a big dumb obsessive loser.

oogaBooga - 2009-12-11
Why are you here, Robin?

Robin Kestrel - 2009-12-11
Do you know why 90% of everything is crap?

Because it only has to be just good enough to appeal to people like you.

Syd Midnight - 2009-12-13
Technically that was a fine media takedown, but Stroke Guy would have pointed out that the plan was fatally flawed because most businesses have video cameras pointed towards their vaults full of money. Was he really going to flee to Argentina for like ,000 he took from an office safe? Instead of selling his magic hole for billions?

kingofthenothing - 2010-01-08
Writers have to become slaves to the small imaginations of the audience.

Koda Maja - 2009-12-10
It's funny until he suffocates to death.
pastorofmuppets - 2009-12-10
In case anyone else was wondering, the Winnie the Pooh episode where this happens is called "Bubble Trouble" and yes, it is in the hopper.
Robin Kestrel - 2009-12-11
The "Bubble Trouble" example suffers from this exact same inconsistency, even demonstrated in the same order.

Looks like they ripped off Winnie the Pooh. Binro was right: cartoon logic.

kiint - 2009-12-11
can you please go have a party and watch Dancer in the Dark or something

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