Review by Mark Schwab
August 9th, 2016
Writer/Director Tomas Gold's short film YOUTHFUL BLISS wastes no time in setting up its situation; two young men find a secluded spot in the woods to have an intense and very personal conversation which could permanently change both of their lives. The incident presented here by Gold is a serious and stressful one that plenty of people could relate to.
Visually, the film is lovely to look at with the lush forest setting. Cinemtographer and Colorist Nathan Seedhouse really desrves some credit for taking such good care of the image both on set and in post-production. I know having a colorist is usually a luxury item for independent filmmakers but it really pays off later on. This short film is a great arguement for finding enough budget for one.
The two performances are also solid with Edward Darling and Peter Francis being truly present within their characters despite the short runtime (just over 5 minutes) and it is exactly that short runtime which was a struggle for me.
It isn't that the film is boring - quite the contrary - but this felt more like a "proof of concept" or the pilot episode of a webseries to me rather than a finished work. Proofs of concept are when a filmmaker shoots a short snippet of the movie they want to make into a feature film after raising funds. Most proof of concepts avoid self-contained stories and just shoot a 5-10 minute scene out of context to show potential backers where they are headed with it. It also proves technical skill and that their money would not be wasted on an amateur.
It's clear that Tomas Gold is a pro - demonstrating filmmaking skills from top to bottom. But I have to give YOUTHFUL BLISS a reluctant grade of "incomplete" here. Tomas Gold proves he can direct a 5-minute scene just fine. I'm waiting (and very curious) to see what he can do as a storyteller.
To learn more about Tomas Gold check out his website HERE