I really hadn’t planned to do a Short Film Wednesday this week, but I happened to run across this one earlier today, and thought I’d share it with you all.
Director Scott Blake calls his short film Surveyor an “anti-western”, and it’s easy to see why. Filmmaker Magazine describes the short this way:
Set in the mid-1800s, Blake’s film follows a surveyor as he pushes West, forging a path for settlers and the American government. Amidst stunning widescreen visuals there’s a terse shoot-out with a villainous stranger, a hallucinatory, tragic finale, and an overall air of mystery and introspection.
Director Blake is largely self-taught, and despite some initial success with the film, has found himself kind of stranded as he has tried to shop it around to different festivals. He does however, seem to be a name to watch in the future, and I really wouldn’t be surprised to see more from him and to see him get more acclaim as he moves on to other projects and larger works. There’s really quite a bit to like here, and I think he shows a lot of promise with many of the choices that he makes in the shooting of this film.
Here, take a look for yourself:
For more in formation on Blake, the history of Surveyor, and his plans for the future, check out this article on the Filmmaker website.
- Short Film Wednesday 007 – The Old Chair (2012) (durnmoosemovies.wordpress.com)
- Short Film Fridays: A Great Anti-Western (slog.thestranger.com)
- What Film Genius Finalists Scott Blake, Ben Kasulke, and Zach Weintraub Said at Last Night’s Showcase (slog.thestranger.com)