Written and Directed by:Ruggero Dalla Santa
STARRING: Benjamin Coulter and Sian Altman
Producer: Paul Dewdney
Creation is an intelligent and slickly executed short film by Writer/Director Ruggero Dalla Santa. The premise is fresh and imaginative: a man, Adam (Benjamin Coulter), wakes, naked, in a blank white space. The only object in the room is a laptop; and our protagonist quickly discovers that anything he types on the laptop becomes true. And so he begins to create the world around him – including beautiful girlfriend, Eve (Sian Altman).
The film is a novel take on the creation story and there is a pleasing twist at the end that throws up interesting metaphysical and philosophical questions. Admittedly a little poetic licence is required with some aspects of the story’s logic – such as the notion that Adam possesses the near-infinite knowledge necessary to create the world in the first place. It is also implied that he may be re-creating rather than creating, using pre-existing knowledge from a life prior to this, which doesn’t entirely add up logically. That said, the film was so charmingly executed that such questions were never irksome. Besides which, the story is clearly more of a theoretical ‘what if’ than an effort to depict a believable history of mankind.
The cinematography from DoP Arturo Vasquez is glossy and vivacious: the stylized opening is reminiscent of a trendy smartphone ad, the room as naked as Adam himself, with a square aspect ratio reflecting the blank box of Adam’s existence. This eventually expands to 16:9, with sweeping, dynamic steadicam shots and a natural colour palette that enhances the sense of a calm & seemingly perfect world developing around Adam and Eve.
Actors Coulter and Altman do an excellent job of portraying characters who begin, by their very nature, as underdeveloped. The film’s premise slightly digs itself into a hole when it comes to character, as the high-concept idea did throw up more questions than it was able to answer during the 13 minute running time, and the two protagonists tended to feel more like works of fiction than real, complex people. Hence the story did at times slightly run the risk of feeling a little more concept-driven than character-driven, but the performances are charming and funny. there is a touching scene towards the end when Eve makes a discovery, and overall the film is slick and entertaining enough for this slight lack of character nuance to be forgivable.
Overall, this is a polished and enjoyable short, which deftly explores the inevitable flaws of being human.
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