I stumbled across this video by LA-based Italian filmmaker Alessandro Serra last night while browsing through social media – as one tends to do a lot more these days. It leapt out at me as I’ve seen a lot of my female friends on Facebook posting that ex-boyfriends they haven’t spoken to for several years have been randomly getting in touch with them since lockdowns have started to come into place around the world.
That’s how Alessandro’s short film, Breaking Social Distancing, begins, with a phone call from a guy to his ex-girlfriend who ultimately agrees to break the “social distancing” guidelines currently in place just about everywhere. What happens after that… Well, you’ll just have to watch.
Alessandro says that the film was shot on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K shortly before LA went into lockdown. He acted as the camera op, DP, audio, director all by himself without any crew. He also edited it himself using Adobe Premiere Pro and was his own colourist with the grading work done in DaVinci Resolve. Naturally, he isn’t on the other side of the camera and for that, he had the help of actors Joe Daru and Lauren Compton.
Aside from being just a really funny short film, I think it impresses the point that there is still some good humour to be found in the world, despite the situation that many of us currently find ourselves in. And that there are risks to breaking social distancing other than the obvious – especially when revenge-seeking exes add themselves into the mix.
And even outside of the whole coronavirus situation, this short also really illustrates the level of quality you can achieve as a one-man band creator if you work hard on your skills and craft, and just learn to apply yourself.