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Some of you may have seen this video already but for those of you who haven't, I thought it does a good job showing the progression of a relationship. Thought I'd share since most of us can relate to it one way or another. Enjoy
So was it just me or was the video a little bit misleading? At one point it shows them being broken up and her being with someone new.. or was that just showing the different stages?
Oh is that what happened? I thought that he was standing there in the driveway in his own mind "what could/might happen if they keep fighitng and going down this road". Thats why he ran right up to her car to apologize and to stop fighting?
From the Directors Commentary (which describes a lot of how the film was shot, edited and the meanings of some of the scenes. Spoiler tags needed to those who haven't watched as it gives away some of the plot):
BEHIND THE SCENES
I don’t claim that the story is that original. It’s a look at the rise and fall of a relationship. But I hope that the way in which it is told is what makes it unique. I wanted Josh to break the fourth wall and address the audience. I wanted him to tell the story from different stages and therefore from different time periods. While the narrative is linear, Josh speaks from the past, present, and future, so his commentary is jumping around. I wanted to do this because it sort of made him self aware of what was to become of the relationship. It’s like going back in time and telling yourself, this is what’s going to happen to you two, and also predicting what will happen in the future. Josh tells his story of his relationship from an omniscient position, something I’m sure we wish we could all have in real life, but is only possible in a scripted video.
Josh is still affected by the passage of time. Certain lines were edited and shot in a way to show that our brain picks and chooses what it wants to remember. Short lines and quick cuts show that he only remembers the jist of what was said. Missing lines show that he’s forgotten. And since the entire topic is coming from the angle of being very technical, the scenes are presented in a way that we give just enough information to push the story along. Like data.
Scenes and settings were repeated (even exact shots) to contrast how their relationship had changed. When their environment stays constant, it’s easier to see how the subjects have become or act differently.
The ending. Originally, the short was going to have a happy ending. The apology at the car was going to be real, and everything would be resolved. I thought the audience wouldn’t want to have a sad ending, even though that’s what I really wanted. After watching a movie called “Blue Valentine”, I was reassured that an unhappy ending could be better, and so I went to rewrite the ending.
The way I intended, and hopefully it’s clear in the final, Josh never ran to stop Marissa in the car. They never had that conversation of him saying sorry and that “everything will be ok”. When we reveal that Josh was just standing there and watching her leave, he was imagining the whole apology, and in reality did the very opposite, he let her drive away upset. This indicates that it really was the beginning of their end, and everything he predicted would probably happen.
The final scene at the dinner table actually wasn’t part of the original script. It was added to give more insight into how Josh and Marissa’s relationship really was. Since, as noted, most of the scenes were executed tritely to reflect an analytical style, I felt we didn’t really understand Josh and Marissa on a deeper level. Their conversation served two purposes, to show how their feelings were changing and leading to their separation, while also giving closure and hope to their future.
man..another master piece from Wong fu just like his "what if" video as well. Damn this video just really hits me deep down. I'm gonna go apologize to my gf from 3 years tonight for getting mad all the time. ( then again, I dont think she had econ 302 SFU to worry about), Thanks wong fu, I think we are almost at the downhill zone, but I think you might have inspired me. I remember when I first saw my ex with her then new bf,
I dont ever want to have to feel that way ever again.
pussies, i went to the gym and lifted, come at me bro
I'm so stance my roof rack got a roof rack
Originally Posted by SkunkWorks
I believe cars are meant to be driven. I see zero point in having a beautiful car and never driving it. Might as well have Miranda Kerr in your bed and sleeping on the ground cause you don't want to fudge her mascara...
Glad people are enjoying the video. It left a pretty good impression on me when I first saw it cuz it's the deepest and most meaningful thing I've seen in a while. Hopefully people can learn a thing or two from it and apply it to their current or future relationships
On a side note, I think it'd be neat if they made one from the girl's point of view as well.