A more complex film than Apricot, HUMAN BEINGS deals with more teen angst related drama. The relationships, friendships, the revenge plot as well as just teenage social dynamics are always an interesting point for me when it comes to story. I really liked what the Director has done with this piece, it’s alays interesting to look at a film like this one and ask yourself, at what point did they decide to dress them up like animals? Was it the writers decision, or was it something they did in collaboration which they decided would help communicate the story at hand? In this instance I would have to assume it was the writer, but it is hard to say. I felt the story on its own would not have been interesting enough without the hook of the costumes. This is the key to making this film work. It has a massive amound to do, also, with how they have scouted their locations as well as affecting their budget and other crafts, including sound design and obviously their art department.
The narrative arc is very traditional. The filmmakers have made a linear story, about a select number of people in a relatively normal setting, a party. What is more innovative is how they have played on these locations to convince us they are in fact not traditional at all. Turning a house party into a jungle by making everybody in it an animal is quite genius. I particularly liked the group of lions set off in another room, very possessive and above all others. The play on den here was nice, though the dialogue was not spoken. The room in the house is what one might call a den, often the domain of the man of the house, and this house really did resemble some high-priced manor. And then obviously the lions den in the jungle, being the home of the dominant pride. Production wise this is quite interesting, though fitting this many people into this kind of space would not be easy. Casting would have been a nightmare, not to mention finding a location that looks that expensive that can be trashed, smoked in, and filled with countless teenagers drinking and dancing. The outdoor space looked expansive, though this could have been clever camera work. Regardless it would have been difficult to locate, and even more difficult to work around travel expenses, as it appeared to be in the middle of nowhere.
From this film I may take inspiration regarding the creativity and how a simple twist on something classic can make a nice film quite spectacular. I would also note that finding the right location can make everything look much more expensive that it really is, though in this case I think the location might have actually been quite pricy. It is more of a precaution to me though, I would try to stay clear of such a production, as I’m not sure we would have the means t suport such an ambitious project.