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OUR SHOT

What to know: Great message.
OUR SHOT is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-18
6 minutes
VIDEO
SAGE DRAKE
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Our Shot is appealing because it makes you feel that you are not alone and it's up to you to choose how to cope with difficult times. The corona-virus brings many struggles, which can lead people to anger and depression. The director uses black and white picture to define the initial mood, then he switches to colorful pictures to portrait hope and happy times. Our Shot, by Sage Drake, is a collection of photographs from all over the world showing how people have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are coping through dark times. The film also expresses hope for the future. What I like about this story is how, at first, all hope is loss and the film is in black and white, but soon into the movie hope is regained and the film changes to full color. What I do not like is the first scene showing a long Shakespeare quote. It is difficult to read and understand it in a very short period of time. I felt that the message in the film, in many ways, resembles a TV commercial. The visuals are pictures of everyday people experiencing their lives in different situations. The use of color is very interesting. The narrator (Rachel Amanda Bryant) uses a powerful and clear voice to engage the audience. While there is no acting or costumes, per se, the director chooses pictures with people wearing or not wearing masks. The locations are a variety of places in the world where people took these pictures. The music is heartwarming since it gives first a melancholic mood and then a more uplifting one. The music is powerful and matches the narrator's story. This film makes people feel good and promotes the concept that there is hope and that each of us have a "shot" to make it better. This film reminds me how important my health, friends and family are. It also nudges us to stay positive during the pandemic, as this is not for the rest of our lives. My favorite part of the film is when we see the rainbow and things become positive and colorful. This film is important for the times in which we are living. While younger kids might find the film boring and uninteresting, especially the first scene with the Shakespearean quote, youth and adults both will identify with the message.

The message of this film is: when times are dark, always push yourself to the light. I give Our Shot 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults.

Reviewed by Liam K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

Our Shot is appealing because it makes you feel that you are not alone and it's up to you to choose how to cope with difficult times. The corona-virus brings many struggles, which can lead people to anger and depression. The director uses black and white picture to define the initial mood, then he switches to colorful pictures to portrait hope and happy times. Our Shot, by Sage Drake, is a collection of photographs from all over the world showing how people have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are coping through dark times. The film also expresses hope for the future. What I like about this story is how, at first, all hope is loss and the film is in black and white, but soon into the movie hope is regained and the film changes to full color. What I do not like is the first scene showing a long Shakespeare quote. It is difficult to read and understand it in a very short period of time. I felt that the message in the film, in many ways, resembles a TV commercial. The visuals are pictures of everyday people experiencing their lives in different situations. The use of color is very interesting. The narrator (Rachel Amanda Bryant) uses a powerful and clear voice to engage the audience. While there is no acting or costumes, per se, the director chooses pictures with people wearing or not wearing masks. The locations are a variety of places in the world where people took these pictures. The music is heartwarming since it gives first a melancholic mood and then a more uplifting one. The music is powerful and matches the narrator's story. This film makes people feel good and promotes the concept that there is hope and that each of us have a "shot" to make it better. This film reminds me how important my health, friends and family are. It also nudges us to stay positive during the pandemic, as this is not for the rest of our lives. My favorite part of the film is when we see the rainbow and things become positive and colorful. This film is important for the times in which we are living. While younger kids might find the film boring and uninteresting, especially the first scene with the Shakespearean quote, youth and adults both will identify with the message.

The message of this film is: when times are dark, always push yourself to the light. I give Our Shot 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults.

Reviewed by Liam K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

Filmmaker Sage Christian Drake shares his feelings and passion for his latest experimental film on life appreciation and the limited time that we all carry.
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