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David Todman’s short documentary ‘The Visible vVoid’ is a must watch for every cinematography scholar, as well as for every person that wants to start doing something in this field but has no idea how modern technology works. In ‘The Visible Void’ the ideas exposed are always breathtaking and the results may amaze the regular viewer.


The approach by the main character concerning the time he lived and the world he lives in is very interesting. In the beginning where the narrator goes deep down to his childhood, we thought this short will immediately convert into a fiction film; it wasn’t the case here, but still, the approach on childhood was courageous, with deep moments that made us laugh at first, then really made us question things for a couple of minutes. The whole dialogue between the young narrator and his father really raises some universal questions that are so simple yet so complicated, we never thought on answering.

The cinematography is very good, and so is the editing. This combo indicates almost every time the qualities of a great movie director that put their heart and soul in their art. The questions raised are sometimes philosophical, sometimes technical, but always interesting. A short movie like ‘The Visible Void’ can be easily added to that eclectic category called ‘movies that make you smart’.

Watching a movie like ‘The Visible Void’ can be as rewarding and demanding as reading a philosophy book by yourself and trying to explain to your mirror reflection how life goes. If you got your information about stupidity from Rober Musil’s essays, or about love and death from Patrick Suskind, then you should definitely try and watch David Todman’s short documentary to be aware of the visible void.

Written by Vlad A. G

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