If I wasn’t already married to the most wonderful woman in the universe, I would want this 9-minute short film to bear my children. I’m not kidding.
Plot Device, co-written and directed by indie filmmaker Seth Worley, was made as a concept film to show off a piece of professional visual effects software called Magic Bullet Suite 11, by a company named Red Giant. What could have just been a nifty piece of viral marketing for Red Giant, in Worley’s hands is instead a brilliant love letter to the magic of moviemaking. The story follows a young filmmaker who finds the world around him altered every time he pushes a magic button he purchased on the Internet. Nearly every modern film genre is touched on, from the “buddy cop actioner” to the “alien invasion thriller” (complete with an impressively realistic flying saucer) to the “Wes Anderson dramedy,” and more.
Worley’s brother Ben stars as the main character, and one of my favorite parts of the movie is watching Ben’s wry, off-the-cuff reactions to the craziness happening around him. As if his charming acting chops aren’t enough, eighteen-year-old Ben also wrote and conducted the orchestral score used in the film. Many of the other actors appearing in the film are relatives and friends of the director. His co-writer and collaborator on this project was animator Aharon Rabinowitz.
Seth Worley is a burgeoning director who’s written and directed several Internet short films, but I believe that Plot Device is going to rocket his career to a new level. After watching this genius little movie, we should all be watching with baited breath to see what he does next.