Sunday Shorts

Credits Among Friends and Were-Flutter

Short Films, Big Fun: A Review of Two Short Films by Exiram Productions


I got the chance to view two short films by Exiram Productions and had a great time watching them! Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to see these great shorts!

Credits Among Friends

Directed by Alexis Ramirez and Written by Stephen Olson, this comedy short is about four filmmakers who reunite for a movie night. One brings a guest, his new girlfriend. This is the sort of movie night where smart people get together to talk about bad movies — not good ones. And while their selected movie initially inspires them to discuss the concept of the male gaze. That discussion is quickly tabled when a discovery is made — one that impacts their real lives.

As someone who ran a movie night, I’m a sucker for the setting, and this short felt like coming home. A bunch of people dissecting a bad movie and laughing at its accidental charms is one of my favorite ways to spend time, and I had to laugh at the choice of the movie and its title. Funny and entertaining, I loved what this short brought to the table in humor and its meta-commentary. The movie within a movie is hilarious, and especially true-to-life (title and all) if you’ve watched a lot of similar fare.

I enjoyed all of the characters, and my only complaint was that I didn’t get more time with all of them! It felt like I was being transported back to my own movie night. The performances were familiar, and everyone felt extremely well-realized, even with the brief amount of time we had.

I liked the setting, the short used the space it had well. There were some really great shots that brought me into the narrative action, and contributed to feeling more ‘at home.’ In particular, I loved this one.

Credits with Friends is funny without being crass and charming without being trite. Well-acted and thoughtfully crafted, it left me wishing for an entire series where I could watch more meta-B movies, and hear more commentary…



Jamie Toth, The Somewhat Cyclops

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