The Black Hole
Office worker photocopies a black hole, and the possibilities are endless. Will greed get the better of him?
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Producer/s : Philip Sansom, Olly Williams
Director/s : Philip Sansom, Olly Williams
Writer/s : Philip Sansom, Olly Williams
Actor/s : Napoleon Ryan,
The perfect short
A classic of the form, Black Hole has been described as the perfect example of short film-making. One person, one location, one idea, one moral. And 22 million views on You Tube.
Who needs Citizen Kane?
Working late, an office worker is at the photocopier. And, wouldn’t you know it, it’s playing up. He kicks it, and it spews out a sheet of paper with a big black disk printed on it. Useless, so he puts it to one side, and then absently thinks the black disk is a waste bin. His paper cup disappears. The next shot has the camera looking up from / out of the disk as he inspects it. The disk is a hole.
Just 38 seconds in, and we’re hooked. He puts his hand in to retrieve the cup, and the music goes weird and electronic, like a lightsabre with laryngitis, to make sure we know something weird is going on. He discover that if he puts the hole onto the vending machine’s window, he can put his hand right through the glass to withdraw a chocolate bar. Hmm – what will happen if he uses the trick on the company safe? What could go wrong?
This great idea wouldn’t achieve perfection without the acting of an increasingly sweaty Napoleon Ryan, conveying curiosity, wonder, and greed in turns. Or without sharp camerawork and editing, and clever use of the musical effect. Or without its immaculately structured, wordless script that starts economically, builds fluently, and concludes satisfyingly, poetic justice and all.
It’s a morality tale, funny, immensely watchable, and grim. A black hole comedy.