Warm, dim lights flicker like fireflies from blurry candles in the background. Two lovers' hands caress and merge into one as they exchange sweet words of affection - it's all so romantic and cheesy but we've all been there before (whether we want to admit it or not). There is a shot of whisky on the glass table. The camera sways slowly back and forth from the young woman to the young man and back, mimicking the smooth dance of the candlelights.
"I just wish we had another, you know?" she sighs, nibbling softly on her bottom lip, her teeth barely brushing against her pout, looking up at him with the shy eyes of a little girl. "So we could do it at the same time?"
"Hey," he leans forward and gazes intensely back into her big brown eyes, full of reassurance. "It's okay. If you want, you can go first."
Talk about zero to sixty over a goddamn shot of whisky. The slightly smoky air is heavy with declarations of love, which are in turn just as deep and dense as the smog of emotions that surround them, in a way that becomes quickly suffocating - we get it, you love each other, why so serious? The weirdly weighty mood hangs stagnant around them as he leans over to kiss her, tenderly and almost tragically as she clings onto him as if her life depended on it, almost to a point where one might wonder, does it, actually?
Shots is a short that beckons you with its seemingly cozy, sweet romantic set up - everything from the lighting to slow, lulling back-and-forth movement of the dolly, to the attractive, young cast in their casual clothing. As soon as the film starts, the viewer must catch up to their "moment" which starts in medea res already rocking back and forth soothingly. Shot in close-ups on a long lens, the choice to not reveal much else about this strange couple's surroundings but their faces, the candles, and the shot on the table allows the viewer to fall in pace with the camera movement quite quickly and thus enables them to focus directly on all the details in the acting and read between the lines of the too-intense dialogue that reveal that all is perhaps not as it seems.
Starring Frank Brander and Whitnee Barrett. Written, directed and produced by Panita Chanrasmi-Lefebvre. Cinematography by Arseniy Grobovnikov.