[s] Scope of Practice (Brandyn T. Williams, 2014)

Scope of Practice is a short story about a guy who just started as a paramedic, and discovered on his very first day an unpleasant truth about a local celebrity who was beating his wife and getting away with it. The conflict between his sense of justice and the social pressure torments him, and then becomes a reason of a tragedy.

The story is quite simple, which is fine for a short novella; the dialogs are pretty decent. From the standpoint of technical implementation, it looks great; plus, the actors are all professionals trying to do their best. But all of that falls apart due to extremely poor direction. This is especially evident  on the example of acting: even though actors work really hard, and some of them even manage to deliver a proper result, the main part (as well as a number of others) is a complete failure, because the director can’t tell good from bad, and so it all looks like a student theater. Depiction of fighting, and of paramedic actual work, looks quite pathetic, too.

This is a good example of how just one spoiled component can ruin the whole thing, even if everything else is good. Brandyn T. Williams simply should have trusted to execute what he has written to somebody with directorial skill he lacks so badly himself, but apparently self-assertion got the best of him. Too bad. If you still want to waste a half hour of your life, there you go:

Time: ~35m
Released in: 2014
Directed by: Brandyn T. Williams
Written by: Brandyn T. Williams
Performed by: Chris Barbis, Arlynn Knauff, Matt Fleck, Bryan Patrick Stoyle, Angel Izard, Samantha Hoy,  Chris Modrzynski, Bobby Gott, Brandyn T. Williams, Brian Bernys, Kahley Cuff, Jay Berent, Desiree Wiley, Tristan Culbert
Entertaining quality4- out of 5
Art quality:  3- out of 5

IMDB page: link

(v. 4.8)
®shoomow, 2017

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