Drilling Holes into the Sun
‘Drilling Holes into the Sun’ is quite a different proposition to what we’re normally used to. Built around the music of 'peopleASponies', this highly experimental film that clocks in at around 30 minutes offer a melange of styles and mediums that will most likely leave audiences scratching their heads – and we don’t mean this in a negative way.
The film is one of the stark contrasts, alternating snippets of around 3 minutes each: one is a profound, deep and philosophical monologue, while the other is a dance routine, set into a variety of contexts. This is sort of a yin and yang combo that sees the two sides complementing each other in an attempt to find a higher meaning through juxtaposition. Its success very much depends on the audience, and how much they can get from this unorthodox pairing of elements from one viewing, and, of course, whether the effort to obtain a complete understanding is justified enough to warrant a second viewing, at least.
'Drilling Holes into the Sun' is almost flawlessly shot from both a technical and artistic sense: its visual grammar is excellent, while its use of camera angles and color palettes works wonders under the context. The dancing sequences are perfectly executed, conferring a high degree of dynamism to the unfolding action and resonating harmoniously with the music. The monologues are wonderfully performed, and the dramatism of the narration grants the message behind the words a heightened effect.
It is very difficult to determine the target market of such a creation: it is layered and breath-taking at times, but confusing and mildly repetitive at others. It might indeed be a difficult task to capture and hold the attention of the public for 30 whole minutes without providing at least a hint of a clear story structure, personality clashes aside. We frequently found ourselves straying away from taking it details separately and trying to logically make a sense of everything, and more languishing towards an experience-based understanding of what occurred before our eyes, basing our conclusions on evoked emotions and feelings.
'Drilling Holes into the Sun' is certainly not a film for everyone – in fact, many would be probably put off after the first combination of a monologue and a follow-up song and dance performance. If you stay for the whole ride, however, you will certainly get something out of it. It is unclear whether or not you will consciously realize it – again, this is more of an experience than a movie, one which slots one random thing after another and somehow partially gets away with it – but we’re pretty sure that at least a facet of this short film will remain with you.