The short is a simple concept with a decent twist. I was bothered by a few flaws in the execution (no pun intended) of the script. For one, the lighting or compression darkens the opening master, and the blue light in the trailer seemed unmotivated or established. You jumped the line when shooting the interaction between the professor and PJ. The editing could be tighter, although the pace was great in establishing the mood, I'm specifically referencing PJ's reactions to lines - those seemed to lag a bit. Overall, good effort, I look forward to seeing more.
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