RUN WHILE YOU CAN
CO-WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY MARTIM DAVID GOMES
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
LENGHT: 10 MINUTES
RUN WHILE YOU CAN is a short comedy set at night about two strangers who meet under very unlikely circumstances. The two develop a quite unique friendship as they figure out they may have a little more in common than what they initially thought.
Robin, a young adult, is running from an unknown threat. He steals a car he finds parked and unlocked, to try to get away. He doesn’t realize, but there is a man sleeping on the backseat of that car - who is Noah, also a young adult. At first, Robin tries to get rid of Noah, but later feels sympathy about his situation and for the fact that he doesn’t have a home. The two, slowly, start getting along and soon find common ground. They have more in common than what they thought initially. At some point, Robin saves Noah’s life and the two form a strong bond of friendship.
Most of the film is set at night, and that proved to be a challenge not only because I would be dealing with a type of lighting I hadn't dealt with before, but that also resulted in us having a short schedule to do the film, due to the fact that it was at night and also because of the weather conditions.
Since the story is about friendship, and overall the film is quite "light-weight" - quite easy to understand and follow, I decided to use this and give it a quite simplistic approach shot wise. Since the whole film is completely set outside I decided to give it a quite "urban" look, a look that is present in the amateur skateboarding videos, where the camera is generally a go pro (so, a wide lens) and it mostly follows the character in a simplistic and easy to understand manner. This is present in some of the shots of the film, such as the first one. For the rest of the film and throughout the heavy dialogue scenes, I always tried to use the different elements of the street and the surrounding lighting to give more depth to the shots and establish a realistic environment.
The simplistic approach proved to be the right choice and made it possible to create a style even under the difficult circumstances we made this film under.