Jacob seeks out an old friend, Angela, at the theatre where she now directs a production of Macbeth, a play with special significance to them both. Haunted by the memories of their past ...
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Jacob seeks out an old friend, Angela, at the theatre where she now directs a production of Macbeth, a play with special significance to them both. Haunted by the memories of their past actions, Jacob and Angela quietly battle themselves and each other for a resolution to their broken relationship which cost Jacob his wife, Sarah, who was also Angela's best friend. But can these two overcome the weight of their guilt and move on? Or is their sin too great?Written by
Mikel J. Wisler
"Always Reaching" was shot over the course of three consecutive days in May 2008. Due to the tight budget and limited availability of everyone involved in the making of this short film, the filmmakers had little room for falling behind schedule. Due to some bad weather on the first night, the first day of shooting drug on late into the night as the crew attempted to capture the shots needed for the opening of the film. Director Mikel J. Wisler drafted a simpler opening for the film with fewer shots that still set the mood he wanted for the short. The rain also set up for Mikel what would eventually become the core of the sound design for the film: the storm raging outside the theatre (a metaphor for the emotional storm raging within Jacob and Angela). See more »
A good short film. Thoughtful but not manipulative. Allows the viewer to work through the evaluative process on their own, rather than leading them by the nose. Great potential applications on several levels. This is a film with a point, but the point isn't foisted on the viewer. The atmosphere works well with the plot. Acting is OK; not Academy Award level, but it gets the job done. The male lead could be a bit stronger, and his interpretations not quite so forced or clichéd. The cinematography is pleasing; good transitions, well-framed. The overall effect works for me. I'm going to see more of Mikel's work, as the result of viewing this film.
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