Review: Lucky

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Filmed in 8 hours in a local library in Owensboro; Lucky bouts demonic possession against psychotic murderer in an 8 minute short that it a triumph of indie filmmaking. Directed by Jakob Bilinski and written by Todd Martin this film was part of Unscripted: An Indie film Xperience Film School’s short film competition bringing together local filmmakers and scriptwriters to produce a collaborative project. Writers are given the chance to pitch their scripts; with the resulting winners assigned a film crew and an 8 hour block to bring their passion to life. This is an innovative and fun way to bring together aspiring filmmakers to produce a really interesting and thought provoking short film.

Starring Louisa Torres and Dillon Schueller Lucky tells the tale of Staci, the unfortunate survivor of an incident with a ougi board on to be possessed by a demonic spirit which can take charge of her at any given moment. It is a curse that ironically could once again save her life. Narrated by Staci herself, the films focus is not only the ensuing battle between demon and killer, but on unpicking the true meaning of the word ‘lucky’.

The short is entertaining, the camera work has edge and although the acting is nothing to write home about, it is sufficient to pull this piece together and credit has to go to Lisa Duvall who did the make-up and effects. The effects are convincing enough to bring the story through, and with the help of clever camera positioning they build on a strong and unpredictable script which makes for some entertaining visuals.

Together these filmmakers show the viewer  that with the right talent behind you low budget filmmaking, and shorts at that, can be just as interesting as feature film if not even more so!

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