Who’s There? (2011)
Who’s There? is a short film with its strengths on the technical side of production, but suffers a few bumps along the way, while showcasing a cast and crew with potential.
After the opening scene—in which an escaped mental patient has a run in with a cop that turns fatal—Who’s There? turns to Ashlee (Irene González)and Natalie (Ewelina Lukaszewska), two friends on a camping trip in a nature preserve. After Natalie suffers a disturbing nightmare and the girls meet a friendly stranger (Pau Masó) in the woods, things turn sinister.
Who’s There? has a lot going for it; it’s shot well—looks like a digital camera was used—the location is equal parts beautiful and ominous, and there’s an impressive special effects moment during Natalie’s nightmare involving Ashlee’s face. The actors and actresses aren’t bad, especially if you consider their lack of acting experience, and Irene and Ewelina’s sexy accents are to die for.
Oh, but wait, you wouldn’t know what they sound like, unless you’ve watched the interviews with them. That’s because due to complications with recording audio outdoors all the actors voices had to be dubbed. According to the interviews, Irene and Ewelina were only available for a limited time, so alternate talent was used to dub the voices. This hurts the film more than anything else. The line delivery is cringe worthy at times and if you listen closely you can hear the echo from the room in which the voice recordings were made, which is distracting when the character is standing in the middle of the woods. If possible, director, Pau Masó, should have had Irene and Ewelina record their dialogue elsewhere and send it to him. Not only would this have helped with the line delivery, but viewers of the film would then be treated to Irene and Ewelina’s sexy voices.
All things considered I look forward to seeing more from Pau, Irene, and Ewelina.
Director: Pau Masó
Writer: Pau Masó
Cast: Irene González, Ewelina Lukaszewska, Pau Masó
Runtime: 28 minutes