Myopia is all too easy in this world. If I were to take a sample of 100 people who grew up in the Tokyo media landscape and charged them with creating a web series, I can give you a fair guess what the overwhelming majority of the pitches would be: travel shows that focus on the unique foods and cultures of different areas of Japan. This type of program dominates the broadcast media landscape.
We suffer from our own myopia in ways I can't properly dissect. That's the nature of the beast; we can't see our blindspots. Every now and then, we stumble across a video that falls far outside what we consider commonplace. The topic is one we would never consider if we were having a pitch session. The approach is miles away from how we would shoot. And, the affect is that it feels fresh and striking.
Before The Bell Rings comes with very little context. Principal? Teacher? Counsellor? It's tough to say for sure, but the speaker is in a position of authority and reciting a poem about how parents can better engage with their children and their children's education. It's a direct, no-nonsense approach, one that cuts through the rough edges of the low-budget, semi-experimental production.
To learn more about director Marlon Hall, check out his Vimeo Page.
Ice Block was not involved in the production of this short film.