Fantasy Short Film Review: "Cassandra"

Teaser - Cassandra from Guy-Roger Duvert on Vimeo.

Today I was fortunate enough to receive a request from Guy-Roger Duvert to review his short fantasy film "Cassandra." I was waiting for my kids to get dressed so we could go out for dinner, so I had a bit of time and I thought "why not?" 

So I asked for the link, and sat back to watch the 14 minute film. It only took about 30 seconds for me to decide that I want to see a feature film made by this guy, and at the end of the preview, I was conniving to get him to adapt my novel "The Reader of Acheron" to a feature film (seriously, you're the man for the job, and "Reader" could be filmed inexpensively--it's post-apocalyptic!).

Guy-Roger Duvert has some serious talent. Just check out how fantastic this knight looks:
Or check out this establishing shot of a distant village:
I sat up when I saw that one. I admit that I wasn't expecting to see such quality. I assume this was made on a small budget, but those two shots rival any similar scene in major Hollywood releases that were made for hundreds of millions of dollars.

At around 14 minutes, the film doesn't have a lot of time to establish a convoluted plot, but you see plenty to learn Duvert is a capable filmmaker. The acting is solid, the fights are solid, the costumes are great, and the art direction is absolutely fantastic.

The plot revolves around two thieves who get in a little over their heads and have the opportunity to show what they're made of. We meet the titular Cassandra when she's having a bit of an existential crisis, but let's just say that by the end of the film, it's fair to say Cassandra has found whatever iron she thought she might be missing.

If you're a fan of Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or Black Angel--Cassandra is a short film you have to check out. You can go have a look at it for $5 at IndieGogo here. Is $5 too much? Not if it gets a filmmaker like this to make a feature length movie. Reference the teaser up above, and if you decide to watch the film, please leave your comments below. 

As far as I'm concerned, we need more movies like this! Check out the Cassandra Facebook page here.

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