Tuesday 20 December 2011

"Looking at You"

Ever been on public transport and noticed someone so gorgeous they might just be The One to take away all your loneliness? Forever? But you can't think of anything to say, or you hesitate a fraction too long, and the moment vanishes, never to present itself again.

Take heart. Millions know the feeling of the lost opportunity. In Australia, the mX newspaper took up the slack, offering readers a place to write messages to people on public transport to whom they were attracted, in the hope that they would reply and arrange a date, or just anonymously compliment them. Originally the messages appeared in the general 'Vent Your Spleen' section, but the practice became so popular that it was separated into its own section.

Then Matt Cleaves and George Clipp decided to create a web-series, Looking At You, based entirely on the real life text messages published in the newspaper. Messages about chance encounters, fleeting moments and missed opportunities shared between strangers are bought to life in this interactive web-series. Three stories of love and lust shape the series, accompanied by a unique blend of one-off characters, some comedic, some sad and some quite simply bizarre!

The series is written, produced, directed and edited by Matt Cleaves and George Clipp. It was filmed on location in Melbourne in 2010, with a cast of over fifty actors. Here's Episode 1.

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1 comment:

Kathy said...

It's interesting that some romance writers show the object of attraction as just that: an object. A person has to stand still and look beautiful and someone falls in love with them. I thought the best spark of attraction in this movie was the scene where a guy watched a girl dump another guy. She was full of passion and action, she was doing something. The watcher found out a bit about her as a real person. Many of the other characters were imposing their ideals on strangers. Their angst has to be the throes of infatuation, because what do they really know about the stranger in the tram?