Fast Film [2003] Review: A Unique Short Film which pays homage to Classic American Cinema

Fast Film is one of the most wildly imaginative videos I have ever seen. It is a short film that creates a chase sequence using footages from many classic American movies. A woman is abducted and a man comes to her rescue. This is the basic storyline around which Fast Film revolves, but the way it is done is why Fast Film is one of a kind film.

Fast Film is brilliantly edited, it used bits and pieces of almost half a century classic movies and using that footage, it creates a plot of its own. The story of Fast film is told using the footage from North by Northwest, Sunset Boulevard, Psycho, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Frankenstein, some Sean Connery Bond Films and many other old classics.

It is an homage to classic Hollywood cinema and thus you see some of the most iconic actors being a temporary lead in this ingeniously edited short film. From Humphrey Bogart to Cary Grant and Sean Connery to Harrison Ford, you will see each one of them becoming a part of this rescue mission to save the abducted woman. On the other hand, the woman shifts from Eva Marie Saint [North by Northwest] to Audrey Hepburn to Janet Leigh [Psycho].

Even though Fast film is completely made using existing movie clips, it must have been a painfully tiring exercise to edit it with such precision. If it only jumped cuts, from one scene to another, then it would have been an easier job, but to make the viewing experience delightful, there is a 3D paper figure that shifts and evolves from time to time carrying those footages.

I watched it three times in a row and you should do that too. You should watch it to see the technique Virgil Wildrich so brilliantly executed, then to understand the story Fast Film is trying to tell and finally to spot all the films that are used as little moments in this short film.

This is the best 13 minutes you will spend today.

Fast Film Links: IMDb, Wikipedia
Amritt Rukhaiyaar

"Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra."