SHORT FILM REVIEW
Join Rachel Sellers for a journey in scale from the subatomic world to the edge of the cosmos.
DOING SOMETHING LIKE this the right way is reserved for a small few. As Organism is a blazingly fast documentary that takes its queues from the original Bill Nye the Science Guy show from the 90s and throws in a wallop of caffeine. If you're curious about the odd grammatical usage in the title that gets explained as well, so buckle in; the shows about to begin.
I FELT THE STYLE LENT ITSELF WELL TO MY OVERALL RETENTION OF WHAT I HAD JUST WATCHED
It all starts off about as small as you can get with the subatomic world, and as the show continues, explanations get larger and more complex. I won't pretend to understand everything I watched but was able to keep up reasonably well. I think. This all comes down to how Moe Taylor presents As Organism to its audience, and although some may feel it's just too much, I felt the style lent itself well to my overall retention of what I had just watched.
This is some pretty complex stuff for anyone willing to dig a little deeper, and I believe Moe Taylor has done a great job opening the door. I also couldn't help but notice how quickly time seemed to zip by. I attribute this to the fast and colorful way As Organism is pieced together. If you think a science documentary has to be super boring, think again... this short film is absolute proof of that.
AS ORGANISM WOULD WORK WONDERFULLY AS A TEACHING TOOL
Animations, footage, colors, shapes, and obviously those being interviewed as expected are all present in this film. There's also a lot of stock footage used to great effect. When you have a small budget, you do what you can to make things work. In As Organism, the pacing of the edits makes even the footage you know you've seen feel fresh. As do the animations and sound effects used. If you want a great masterclass of how to edit for interest, As Organism would work wonderfully as a teaching tool but make no mistake, you just may find yourself lost in the film. I'm pretty confident that was the plan all along.
AS ORGANISM MAY HAVE A TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT ON YOUR CONSCIOUS THOUGHT
This is what it's all about. It's loud, and it's fun, and it also teaches you something. I'm not saying you will use anything learned in everyday life, but As Organism may have a trickle-down effect on your conscious thought. Well... maybe. There's a lot to take in, but maybe that means you'll watch it again? It would be interesting to see As Organism as the first episode of a larger series. The style is 100% catchy: thumbs up and four stars.
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