Week 6: Lucky

Luck is defined as: “the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities”. So, in other words — to be lucky is to have this “force” always waiting in the shadows of your life. Like a predator waiting to pounce on it’s prey, luck has no concern with the affect on your life. We all think we have the steering wheel of our lives. Whether its white knuckling it or calm at 10 and 2, a little “luck” in our lives can drive us into on-coming traffic or just around the fender-bender up ahead. With most things in life, a little goes a long way and moderation is key. This week we bring you a tale of someone who finds themselves “lucky”… but which kind?

Chaunté Thorpe – Lucky

Judges Comments:

“I loved Chaunté Thorpe’s use of withholding techniques in ‘Lucky’. The silence and lack of music in the first half was effective in letting us be guided by Lucy’s internal monologue rather than sound and/or score which would have been unnecessary. The POV shots really helped put us into her perspective. Choosing to frame the boyfriend’s close up without his eyes was a great way to hold the mystery while letting the audience fill in for themselves what lies inside those windows. The narration was well written. It was simple, natural, and accompanied the visual story rather than used as bad exposition.”

“The dreamlike pace, continuous voiceover, and purposely anonymous framing work very well to set things up here. In this day and age, where any chat history could be a loaded gun – or a bruise-blackened throat – Thorpe’s choices make “Lucky” both plausible and sympathetic. There’s an old saying: “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” Lucky should have remembered that before she went snooping. “