The film is serious… and seriously spooky.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 7 years ago
Working Title is all about isolation, specifically the isolation of a teenage girl on a movie set. The first time we see her, she’s sitting alone on a bench in a secluded area. The only other people around are the director and the script supervisor, who are dressed all in black. They appear to be very far away, as if they exist on a different plane. The visuals serve to further isolate the girl; more than once, we see her in black-and-white while the background remains in color.
Working Title reminds me of Living in Oblivion, Tom DiCillo's hilarious expose of independent filmmaking. Anyone who’s had the experience of working on an independent film will identify with the girl's frustration. (She complains about her lines not having any motivation, which is something I’ve definitely heard before – about my own scripts!) But overall the tone of the film is serious… and seriously spooky.
The work of David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart) clearly influenced the story and style of this film. The images often move backwards, just like the Red Room scenes in Twin Peaks. The director calls for makeup so many times that the girl ends up looking a little like Diane Ladd’s character in Wild at Heart. In one of that film’s most disturbing scenes, Ladd smears lipstick all over her face.
The camera filters used here give the entire picture a dreamlike quality. The color scheme is unusually disciplined for a student film, limited to greens, reds, blacks and the blue of the girl's dress.