He’s a struggling artist.
His dad bullied him and called him a failure.
His girlfriend stormed out on him.
The final nail in the coffin: he’s lost his dog.
Daniel Crossan is standing outside of his home holding an axe, rubbing the edge of it with his thumb, and the first words we hear from him set the mood for the short film: “I think the secret to a long life is… wanting to die?”
An electronic jingle cuts in and the screen jumps to the Bleeding Art logo. Throughout the 18-minute short, the dichotomy of cheery editing and Daniel’s brooding is persistent. Amid lessons on painting, Daniel recounts the disappearance of his dog Casper, his girlfriend Helen walking out on him, and the supposedly encouraging words his dad told him growing up.
We not only pity Daniel, we’re also amused by the absurdity within his story. From a parodying rock song to unrealistic violence, Bleeding Art isn’t afraid to make a laugh at its protagonist’s expense.
“Now's the best time to tell you I'm leaving your mother and it's all your fault.”
This viewer most enjoyed the camerawork of the film. Using a vlog format, Daniel begins each Bleeding Art episode seated in front of a camera and summarizing a topic. Once he enters his studio, the recording style changes, and we feel like we’re watching an actual YouTube video.
As the trauma of losing Casper continually weighs on Daniel, the short becomes darker. Viewers who enjoy sardonic humor and a descent into madness would enjoy Bleeding Art, especially those who like innovative filming.
Run time: 18 Minutes
Director/Writer: Pardeep Sahota
Producers: Daniel Crossan and Pardeep Sahota
Music: Maya Bell & Edwin Matthew
Film Editing: Amanda v. Reines
Watch Bleeding Art on the Film Maudit 2.0 website.
Images Courtesy of Film Maudit 2.0
About the Author: Jamal H. Goodwin Jr.
Grammar, prose style, fiction, nonfiction: Jamal does it all. When he's not jogging or reading Daredevil, he's writing stories with a focus on character and elegant language. He’s written reviews for Philadelphia Stories and has fiction published by Spillwords press. Check out a sample of his work at thefictionwriter.blog website.