A Selection of Shorts from FilmOut San Diego [FilmOut San Diego 2018]

Hookup (USA) (2018)
Adam found a hookup on an app and is going to meet up with him at his place. When he gets there, he is smitten by the man and his great taste. Once things start moving forward to their intended destination, Adam finds himself in a regrettable situation.

This short film by Stan Madray can serve as a modern dark fairytale, a cautionary tale, for the young dating scene, or the dating scene in general really, about meeting strangers for random hookups without truly knowing who you are meeting. Here the two leads do fantastic work of each of their respective parts. Greg Sanchez as Adam gives a hopeful, romantic even, air to his character as he nervously makes his way to his hookup’s place. Zach Lane as The Hookup is cold and calculating, he knows what he wants and how to get it, he clearly does not care all that much for his new conquest’s feelings or needs.

The short’s cinematography by Christian Stella is appropriate to the situation and works well with the darker scenes in lighting and in tone. The music fits the film perfectly, hopeful at first and then taking a more serious, more stressed tone. Here the situation is taken to an extreme which is sometimes needed to make a point such as the one made here. This minimal crew film shows that a lot can be accomplished with rather little and that story is the most important center-point to any film, big or small, feature length or short.

Meet Up (USA)
In a hookup society, a young gay man goes to a bar to meet up with his hookup where he is stood up. After a few drinks, he decides to leave. A chance meeting with a man looking for fire for his cigarette leads to promises of weed and action, something he can’t resist. Meet Up is another dark tale or cautionary tale built around the risks of meeting up with strangers and going on less than safe adventures. Leading the cast here are Kevin Necciai as Miles, the adventurous romantic looking for some fun and Jordan Sangalang as Tyler, the mysterious stranger Miles picks up.

Both of them do great work here and give performacnes that captivate and keep the attention throughout the short runtime. Meet Up is directed by Mark Abramowitz who co-wrote with Dan O’Connor, together they create a short film that is both intriguing and teaching a lesson that many learned the hard way. Their film’s images are shot with cinematography by Mattison Stanton who makes great use of the darkness and of strategic lighting, showing a great talent for working with both and creating compelling and beautiful images even in suspenseful scenes. Meet Up is one of those shorts the viewer might come to wish lasted longer but at the same time is perfect as it is, in its short format, limiting the time allotted to the story and making it more compact and impactful.