Voyeur Rabbit

Voyeur Rabbit is the 2008 directorial debut of Brandon Halsey, the self-published author of Assorted Poems & Purple Prose.  It follows an anthropomorphic Rabbit with reality issues and a drug problem as he struggles with his shortcomings and dissatisfaction with life.

The film owes much to Halsey’s poetry, the static shots, pacing, and muted tones mirror and jive with the driving narration.  The visuals present the Rabbit’s depression, the narration tells his story.  The narration does not glorify the Rabbit’s habits.  Stated bluntly, he takes pills.  Showers.  Obsesses over a model.  Stalks her.  Steals her trash and masturbates in her panties.  And cannot do anything productive.

A still image sequence expounds on his obsession with the model.  The images change in response to the narration, becoming progressively sexier, taking us into the Rabbit’s psyche.  A shutter snap sounds with each change, awkward interruptions of the otherwise silent narration.  Similar to Gummo.

Voice and silence rule the piece until the Rabbit takes hard drugs.  Then, a trip hop loop comes in, ferrying the viewer through a high sequence which introduces red to the film’s color palette.  Hitherto, greys and blues dominated.  An ambient synth comes in with a return to the beach and the Rabbit’s encounter with the prostitute.  The ambience continues through beach shots, home shots, and the sex with the prostitute, a splash of hollow majesty in a melancholic sea.   Static sounds blend with the music.

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Still frames of Halsey’s cinematography choices.

Halsey uses precise shot composition.  At 1:46, a real estate-ish journalistic shot of the model’s house cuts to center framed establishing shot of the model applying make-up, then an extreme close up of her eyes, to an accurate over the shoulder.  First-time directors and camera ops rarely use cuts like this.  Most other cutaways are tight close ups. This contrasts the extreme, documentary wide shots at the beach.  We can see how beautiful the world around the Rabbit is, and through close ups, the emptiness of his mind. Halsey has mastery of the camera’s emotional impact.

This is a powerful piece representing strong writing with strong visuals. The sound-visual-writing trifecta jazz, trading off carrying the experience.  Voyeur Rabbit’s multilayered construction exemplifies the artistic immersion that film could be.
We give Voyeur Rabbit an IRON REEL.

You can check out Halsey’s writing at http://brandonhalsey.com/

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