Seeing "Exposure" by Superkede Productions last night, it made me realize just how expensive film making is. When people think about $900, which was the budget of the film, they assume that someone can make a Hollywood grade movie for that amount.with such a small budget, so the filmmakers rely on searching websites and forums of smaller time of money that adds up. But by far the most difficult process is advertising and actually displaying the film. The film industry is not for the vast majority, they're unable to move beyond independent film it's clear at first glance, that it was made using a limited budget. Filmed using a single camera with a simple tr-pod for most of the film, use of hand-held camera work is also used appropriately in some dramatic scenes, such as a dinner table discussion, where the slight shaking of the camera adds to the drama and mood of the dialogue quite well. The acting in the movie was all around quite nicely done, with some uses of black humor that helped make the characters feel more alive, and helped make the villains more entertaining. The movie had a feel of "The Walking Dead" to it, with it taking place after a zombie apocalypse, but focusing more on the drama aspect instead of the actual gore and zombie killing. There were uses of stock footage in the film However, the scenes don't detract from the movie too much, and more of an artistic ghoul-like appearance with white and black face paint, and depression lines in the faces. The villains of the movie, which consisted of "redneck" survivors, were well done in terms of acting. There was an excellent chemistry between all of the villains and they had an immense aura of creepiness surrounding them. They could almost be compared to the backwoods folk in the movie "Deliverance", because of their strong hatred towards outsiders, and their ability to creep out the viewer. With all that being said though, the movie did have some issues with it. The first being with the audio and dialogue. During the movie, there was an incessant buzzing white noise sound that would disappear and reappear constantly, which, when present, would make hearing the dialogue quite difficult. Other sound anomalies included the sounds of zombie yells and moans being the exact same volume no matter the distance they were away. This detracted from the movie, because there was no real indication of how far away the zombies were, until they appeared on screen. The use of fading in and appropriate volume for distance is crucial to a movie's atmosphere. If the viewer has no idea a zombie is far away or close, they'll be confused when the zombie appears on screen, and not feel a sense of shock when they do finally appear. There was also a general difficulty when it came to hearing some of the dialogue due to wind and the microphone being too far away from the scene to properly pick up the actors speaking. This could be solved by using a separate recording device for the boom microphone, instead of plugging it directly into the camera, which was the case. When the action aspects of the movie were in progress, They could've been executed better. The close combat scenes were done fairly well however, and the sounds were well used to give a great impact to punches and swings. It's only unfortunate that they did not include more variety in the fighting instead of a boxer standoff and some light grappling. Story and dialogue wise, the movie was not too bad. Some of the dialogue felt cheesy and forced, with some of the actors dead panning their dialogue, which made it feel more "dead." Other parts of the dialogue were done well though, and the black humor, as mentioned before felt appropriately placed, and not too forced. The story of the movie is a typical damsel in distress type film, which is consistent with Dietz's previous films, which all revolve around a figure of power, (police officer, military grunt, etc.) rescuing their lover from some kind of evil force or villains, and then destroyingkilling said evil force or villains. It would be nice to see future films from Dietz focus on other story lines, before it becomes too overdone in his films, and they all start to become the same with slight differences. Less emphasis on damsels in distress and trying to find them would certainly be a step in the right direction for Dietz. The musical score was well done for the movie, with both old swing music and newer country- style music being used, but while it was a good fit for the movie, it was not a good fit for the some of the scenes. In a few scenes, there was a time when music was used, where it would've been far more appropriate to have no music. The balance of music in a movie is important, because it should not be believed that music is always good to have all the time. In some cases, no music is the best music. The music also was not of the film, the music, and the in all, Exposure is a good example of how a small budget can still make an entertaining film, that, while flawed in some aspects, manages to capture your attention and connect you to some surprisingly well done characters. I look forward to seeing what Dietz and the rest of Superkede Productions have in store for future works, as they can only
Review by Michelle Woosley from the Internet Movie Database.