A short film ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’ published to YouTube on 15th May 2012, written, directed and edited by Cameron Covell. The film includes two protagonists played by Nick Lopez and Analisa Gutierrez, with these actors winning the 2012 Moon dance awards for best actor and best short film.
The short film “The Most Beautiful Thing” tells the story of two young teenagers fighting the odds against love. They both risk their deepest insecurities and disabilities to take a chance at finding young love in a chaotic environment… high school.
The story follows the two single characters in the film with minimal words. The young boy presents as a nervous, socially awkward teenager anxiously wanting to find a date to the upcoming prom. The opposing female featured in the film is deaf, using sign language and a pen and paper to communicate. The two unlikely teens find themselves sitting on the same bench where the boy works up the courage to say a simple hello, from there their friendship blossoms. Their daily lives, living within the torturous walls of high school suddenly become brighter with the prospect of seeing each other each day tackling school as one.
The couple however have some strains on their communication causing embarrassment and fear, this leads to a significant dent in their relationship. During this time miss conception of feelings occurs making the chance of the two re kindling their love seem the furthest of possibilities.
An accidental run in sees the two reunite again, immediately their differences seem to become completely irrelevant and their bond becomes the most important factor to them both. In this moment of joy the young boy feels an over whelming urge of courage where he then asks her to be his date to prom.
The short film follows the principal that the most beautiful things in this world must be felt. Not seen or heard but felt from within, demonstrated through “The Most Beautiful Thing”.
The genre of the film is romance, following two young individuals on their journey through love. Love is communicated throughout the film through passion and deep emotion shared by the main characters. A recurring motif though the short film is the use of a close up shot of the characters faces, this captures their emotions and portrays them to the audience allowing them to create an instant connection with the characters. The emotions captured are always a part of their journey of love the two unlikely characters find themselves on. The director has further enhanced the genre of romance by using non-diegetic music throughout the film creating more emotions sub-consciously felt by the audience.
The narrative style in the short film has very little dialogue. For the most part of the film the characters do not speak. Their communication methods include sign language and written form. In replace of speech non-diegetic sound plays throughout the film to build and release intensity, it also sets the tone and foreshadows what going to happen within the next scene of the film.
This use of sound works in place of the dialogue and the audience understands the story with minimal speech. This effect also emphasises any speech that is spoke by the characters throughout the film. It especially puts a significance on the last scene when the girl who is deaf speaks for the first time, the audience immediately feels that this is an iconic scene in the short film.
3 act structure
The short film follows the old principal structure that is widely adapted to many films, plays etc, the 3-act structure.
Act 1- The Setup: In act 1 both protagonists are introduced as well as their setting being their high school environment. Immediately the audience understands the films direction as foreshadowing is introduced as the boy says hello to the girl as he is walking down the corridor, although he gets no response. When the boy then discovers later that night the school prom poster it prompts him to want to find a date. This sets up the rest of the short film, giving the audience a clear setup for what’s likely to come throughout the remaining of the film.
Act 2- Confrontation: As the story progresses into act 2 confrontation arises after the protagonists are introduced and their love for each other is knocked by the barrier placed between them. The female’s disability being deaf places a communication barrier between the two, it is made apparent that this has to be overcome. The following events are all a matter of wrong timing with things being not as they seem to be and taken out of context by both protagonists. This creates a build of tension by the audience as they wait for a resolution.
Act 3- Resolution: The third act presents the final confrontation, where the two protagonists reunite after a period of silence. The resolution comes when this silence is broken, and an overwhelming ending leaves the deaf protagonist speaking for the first time. A sense of achievement is felt by the audience as the girl overcomes her biggest insecurity, this is followed by the boy finally working up the courage to ask her to prom. This resolution is more than just a happy ending, it ends in immense personal growth.