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These Things Happen

by rhapsodyartist

These Things Happen, by rhapsodyartist on OurStage
Josh lives an empty life and repeats an endless cycle of nothingness while living in a small town east of Memphis, TN. Only after Josh father's a child does he find true purpose in life and later struggles with that realization when he discovers that the child may not be his own.
Uploaded: May 9, 2007
Duration: 8m 15s

Comments for These Things Happen

Portrait of jaymzyates
<quote>Do we even want that child that gets thrown away to grow up anyways? </quote&gt


Portrait of lafilmwizard
I have a lot to say about this piece. First let me start by saying that I am also a former Florida film school student. Having said that I am curious if this was a thesis project or just a practice project made during the course of the whole 4 years? I ask because there are some elements that seem amateurish like the use of still photos with the VO. I have watched literally 1000s of student films and after you first few hundred I began to see commonalities and could tell which were first or second year film students and which had a lot of experience under their belts. Film is a visual medium and a lot of people argue that story is often more important than the visuals. I couldn't disagree more... I feel they are equally important to making a successful film. The visuals here bothered me a lot. Many were out of focus. I'm sure some were out of focus on purpose but most seemed to be out as by a mistake. That is especially bad considering this was shot on a still camera in which you can get SUPER HIGH QUALITY images from. There seemed to be very little attention to the lighting and composition of the shots too. To compensate for this you put a filter over all the footage. I am not a fan of that really... Screams amateurish... This is amazing well written though and I definitely felt something when watching it. Feels like it was made by a writer that was attempting to direct. I REALLY dug the storyline so don't get me wrong about that

More about the storyline. I am a staunch atheist and look at this a little differently than most theist would. For me, the child in the story is nothing more than a seed. We are driven to have sex because of our instinctual need that is passed down so that the human race can survive. If we did not fall victim to it, no children would be produced and thus the human race would cease to exist. Thus those that do reproduce pass on those genes and so on and so on and the human race is now ruling the planet and is quite overpopulated. My mother is a Pantheist and believes that every person is a unique soul that comes in to this earth (after living 1000's of past lives before this one) with their own mission and whatnot. I couldn't disagree more with that. The child in this story is nothing more than a seed from the mother which seems to be a selfish slut. I don't feel terribly sorry for the child as I realize that the mothers actions are morso hurting her OWN SEED rather than a completely unique person. I hear stories of mothers throwing away their children in the trash. Eh... to me nothing more than a seed falling off a tree and never becoming another tree... Do we even want that child that gets thrown away to grow up anyways? It has all the genes that the mother had and will likely have exhibited similar behaviors down the road anyways..

Portrait of Welcome2shamrock
Awesome work, great story line and naration, whatever you did with the white balance and lighting is very cool and moody

Portrait of rhapsodyartist
The aspect ratio is wrong in this film.

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