Here's a fantastically crazy short film called Valibation, which was written, directed, and edited by Todd Strauss-Schulson. This was one of Todd's first films before he went on to direct A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. It's a very dark and twisted comedy, that reminds me of something David Cronenberg would have done back in the '80s. The story follows a man whose iPhone and social media starts to literally become a part of him. I enjoyed the short and I think most of you will too. Here's what the director had to say about the project to Firstshowing,
I'm addicted to my cell phone. I'm on it all the time. Why? Why am I on Instagram all day? Why do I have a reflex to grab my phone the second someone gets up from a table at dinner. Why do I care if someone retweets me... What is that?
I don't have the answer, but it seemed like an interesting and, hopefully, relatable issue to dive into with this new short.
I wanted to make something that had the ecology of a nightmare but made you laugh, was stylish but personal, that asked questions that I grapple with and attempted, in some way, to work out an answer.
It was really exciting to try some new stuff, challenge myself and take some risks with this one and I hope you all like it as much as I liked making it. Oh, and retweet the link if you like it. No, seriously.
The director completely succeeded in what he was trying to accomplish, and it's shot extremely well. The short is NSFW due some some nudity, but check it out when you get a chance and let us know what you think of it! After watching this short I want to see the director do something a lot more interesting than a stoner comedy, this guy has got some talent.