Thought the idea of this film was good - guy dies in a lift after the work xmas party and his soul is stuck there forever.
Some choopyness in the footage (wasn't sure if this was an effect or tech issue) and some of the cuts between actors I wasn't sure if they were meant to be different angles of the same conversation but one of the actors had changed or if it was just passage of time footage.
I enjoyed the ending and liked the way a lot of it was filmed (apart from a couple of shots as above) and thought it was another good take on the ghost genre.
A shame it was disqualified.
An interesting and fairly fresh angle to take on shooting in a normal office building. A work team, perhaps? This film had some really nice things going for it, but suffered a little too much from its uninteresting yet central "bad guy" character. In it, a ghost that haunts an elevator falls in love with a woman it, er, works with. But when jealousy befalls him... well. Its twist was a little predictable. I enjoyed the far-too-long face-shot of the smiling pretty girl, and the irony of the main character's setup. Nice work guys.
A Ghost that stalks the lift, and falls in love with a woman. When she starts getting together with horrible guy from the workplace, the ghost gets really angry and accidentally kills them.
Some of the shots are tight purely coz there isnt much room in the lift.
Great shot/twist at the end.
A shame this was disqualified for breaking rules - It worked very well on technical levels, and had an interesting premise of a love-struck ghost and his melancholic take on the afterlife. Some funny moments, but in the end a movie of a character's presonal Hell ( Though understated by the dialogue ) that would have garnered more than a few votes if it was eligible.
"Lift" (or, as the film was presented last night, "Ghost Lift") is a film about a haunted lift in a corporate office tower. The lift is haunted due to the unfortunate and embarrassing demise of the fellow playing Santa at the office Christmas Party. Said ghost refers to the lift as his purgatory, where he is forced to endure the small talk and painful white-collar nomenclature of the lift's occupants. However, he falls in love with a woman that works on one of the upper floors, and bemoans his corporeal shortcomings, longing to touch her and perhaps box the ears of his competitor for her affections -- a boastful, misogynistic boor named Sidney Manson.
I found the setting of a haunted lift really interesting, and I think that if Assholes And Elbows had opted for a dramatic treatment, this film could have been something quite eerie. But, we all know laughs are the currency of the v48, therefore Lift was essentially comedic but never seemed quite sure of itself.
A neat special effect and a nicely executed ending rounded off a good story arc, and the result was a nice little short. A shame about the disqualification (the reasons weren't revealed, nor were they obvious from the film) and I would hope it doesn't discourage Assholes And Elbows from coming back; it was a good start to the heat.
A nice take on the ghost genre. A man drops dead while dressed as Santa at his office Christmas party and is sentenced to spend his purgatory haunting the elevator in his office building. The endless small talk is infuriating, but our hero finds solace in the love he feels for one of his former co-workers. A shame that this one was disqualified. The narration of the ghost is great and really touching at times, Sidney Manson is well used as a lying douche-bag who comes onto the girl of his dreams (having worked at a suit-bar for a time, the portrayal of this character was frighteningly accurate), and the payoff of the ending is entirely satisfying. The ghost genre is proving to be a great addition to the competition, with this film as an example of the unique ways one can approach it.
An original idea for a short film about a haunted lift. It made me laugh and I loved the ending. Several scenes in the middle could have been shortened to be more 'punchy', but overall I was entertained. The special effects when the lift hit bottom was nice and the ending of the film was delivered well.