Paul Mitchell: Overload

Prologue’s Paul Mitchell has released “Overload,” a stirring short film about the power of the written word. Directing this kind of performance is no easy feat, and it’s made even more difficult by the fact that Mitchell never reveals the cause of the emotions.

Tip of the hat to Ash Thorp.


Ben Segall

There are interesting, dramatic cinematic techniques, but is this short film really about the power of the written word or is it about the character? The focus is on the intense, dark reactions of the subject (the character) and the cinematic choices to emphasize his emotions. Since the words he reads are vaguely touched on it’s difficult to relate to the subject, to place oneself in his shoes. I’m stricken by his reactions and their cinematic expression. I’m disconnected to the powerful words we only catch a glimpse of.

Kyle Mitchell

The power of the writen word is displayed by the emotion invoked. The focus isn’t on the word(s) but on the reaction to. It seems to have achieved its goal by disconnecting you from the word and drawing your interest to the reaction (power).

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