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Paint Shaker (2008)

Paint Shaker


Paint Shaker is a 15 minute short film by SenoReality Pictures out of Lawrence, Kansas about a guy having a really bad day at his crappy job at the local hardware store.  I don't really think of Kansas as being a place where you'll find a lot of great independent films, but apparently, there's at least one company out there really putting together some great work.  Although Paint Shaker was shot on video, the image quality looks incredible.  The shot composition was great.  The musical score by Julian Bickford was perfect.  Actor Jim Shipley does a wonderful job in the lead role, but really the entire cast is great.  There is also a surprising amount of blood for a 15 minute film.  Plus, the story is cool.  Although the story itself isn't the most unique thing I've ever seen, the delivery was different and entertaining.  I don't want to give away the story since I think the film would be better not knowing what happens, but I will say that I enjoyed watching Paint Shaker and I really can't think of anything to criticize about the film.

Writer / Director / Producer Patrick Rea of SenoReality Pictures sent me a couple of DVDs full of short films that he and his company have made over the last few years.  Many of them can be found for free online (click here to visit their website) and some are apparently available on a DVD called Heartland Horrors Volume One.   All of the films were surprisingly well done with a clear progression in quality from the earlier films to the later films.  All of them were entertaining and kept me interested throughout from start to finish (which is more than I can say for many of the feature length films that I have seen.)  It makes me even more curious about their feature length film 'The Empty Acre' which I have been reading a lot about recently.

Gore-o-meter rating: 3 out of 5
(Lots of blood for a 15 minute movie)

Skin-o-meter: 0 out of 5 (no skin)