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Short Film: Aaron Zegher’s Chaos Theory

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 27, 2012

[vimeo 15555156]

As the world turns, these are the hellish days of our lives. In Aaron Zegher‘s excellently crafted and executed short film Chaos Theory, several tableaux of domestic bliss slowly degenerate into madness, death and more with each rotation of the camera.

Chaos Theory was created for the WNDX Festival of Experimental Film and Video One-Take Super-8 Event that they hold every year and which previously spawned the acclaimed music video Goths on the Bus by Karen and Jaimz Asmundson. Apparently, it’s a really great breeding ground for well-thought-out, creative works.

Woman shoving food in her face at the dinner table

Given the limitations of the One-Take event — meaning Zeghers could only use one roll of film — this is a fairly short film at less than three and a half minutes, but the filmmaker really packs in a lot of action. The real joy in watching the film is anticipating how each scenario is going to change with each revolution, with Zeghers pulling out lots of little surprises to burst any of those anticipations.

This is the kind of film that looks fun to make and is thus fun to watch.

If you’re interested in more of Zeghers work, he has several of them posted to Vimeo. However, the filmmaker also currently runs the excellent Cineflyer website, which gives periodic updates on the filmmaking scene in Winnipeg. And, given how many great filmmakers there are in Winnipeg today, Cineflyer is mandatory reading.

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