There’s something about being in a car that changes the conversation. You’re stuck with other people, without any escape, and whether it’s the engine noise, the landscape whipping past, or just the comfort of a familiar route — something about it opens people up. And that’s exactly what this short film is about. “People In Cars” is Daniel Lundh’s “exercise in creating truthful dialogue”. And it works. The only thinking keeping you tuned into the short is the conversations that are happening. But they’re more than enough.
“I was originally writing a screenplay for another short, but when it came to dialogue I felt it just didn’t fly, no matter how I approached it always felt flat”, Lundh tells Short of the Week. “So I decided to learn and set out to film a few long dialogues, people sharing secrets. That was basically it”. And, maybe because so many of us have shared a secret or a moment during a car journey, it feels really authentic. The work itself came out of a mixture of writing and improvisation.
“The actual process was very intuitive”, he explains, “based on my short stories I let the actors improvise each scene 2-3 times before shooting. I knew where I wanted them to end up, but how they got there was more or less up to them. Some scenes took over twenty re-takes, other scenes only needed one take”. The moments are sometimes touching, often very funny, and always very honest.
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It’s a short film with a simple premise, but it’s executed to perfection. Whether or not you’ve had a heart-breaking (or making) moment in a car, it’s easy to relate to. “People In Cars” packs a lot of honesty into a short period.