Aspiring writer Jeremy attends an exclusive writer’s workshop in hopes of honing his craft. But the feedback he gets — and the situation he finds himself in class — gets increasingly absurd, and soon “brutally honest” takes on a whole new meaning.
This dark comedy short has a simple premise and set-up: taking place in one time and place, it functions as a snapshot of one key moment in the character’s life, rendered with deft performances, sharp dialogue and skillful camerawork capture.
Director Ryan Francis Johnson skillfully navigates a controlled shift towards the dark and absurd, ratcheting up the tone to the certifiably insane. The result makes what could simply be a comedy sketch into something more artful — and not so easily forgotten.
But while the scene turns out of control — and escalates to something both dark and hilarious, and even supernatural — the film works because it’s anchored in the emotional situation we all recognize. Everyone at some point has laid themselves bare, vulnerable to judgment — but when the response isn’t what was expected, nothing hurts more.