"A mother tries to deal with her video game addicted son."
Two main characters, a clearly defined external conflict and a mixed stylized / pixelized aesthetic compose this short produced at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
Staged in a house and employing related iconography the short pays particular attention to the expressions of the characters. The face of the mother and her actions are the main vehicles for transmitting the increasing conflict of the story. The music and sound play an important factor, too, in this regard, as the video game music and sound FX are used to create contrast, set the mood, describe what the child is doing and trigger reactions in the mother character.
The stylized and pixelized aesthetics are mixed playfully, as are recognizable elements from video games in the staging itself. Visual rhythm is managed mostly through editing, and there’s some nice use of ellipses (see 1m14, 2m14).
An interesting note, though the authors produced the film at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, they didn’t have it in the state they wanted when the assignment’s deadline was due, so they decided to spend some time after school ended to finish the film themselves.