A good trailer leaves you wanting to see more of the movie. When the entire movie is shot to look like a trailer that leaves you wanting to see more—well done.
In his second directorship of a narrative short film, The Tattooist, Michael Wong established in less than two minutes a setting and feeling of unease and creepiness that many longer movies are unable to wrap themselves around. This is his first move into the fuller aspects of production and writing. His background in advertising shows he is able to capture his audience in short notice.
After watching The Tattooist I found myself looking for the link so I could screen the entire movie. I was hooked. The premise presented and the manner in which it is presented shows a craftsmanship of tapping directly into deeper emotions that strikes at what horror is about. There was promise of deeper story and of a conflict that was sure to rise to heightened stakes.
I give The Tattooist5 out of 5.
There is more to this story that I look forward to seeing.
The Tattooist can be found on Vimeo. Here is the link where you can watch it for free.
Here is also the page on IMDb (link).
About the Writer Director (partial from IMDb)
Michael Wong is currently working as an independent film director, after having spent 16 years as an ad agency art director and creative director. In the late 90s, he left his native Malaysia and arrived in China, where he's worked at such leading agencies as Ogilvy, BBDO, TBWA, Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi.
After more than a decade and having won over 50 creative awards, Michael decided to move onto the filmmaking scene as a writer/director with his directorial debut for Lenovo; a viral video campaign that was to be used in such markets as India, Russia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, South Africa, South East Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
(Complete Bio can be found on IMDb.)
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