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19 November 2019

Take a hike.

by Andrew MacGregor


Short Films: “Discovery” - 78s

Dennis Wardzala's brisk animated short evokes so-called walking simulators like ‘Firewatch' and ‘Everybody's Gone to the Rapture', as we see a transformative hike in the mountains unfold from a first-person perspective. Despite the narrow field of view, there's plenty to keep those dug in at base camp engaged.

The sound design, for example, is a familiar but effective blend of outdoor ambience and subtle exertion, while Wardzala's visuals have a painterly quality to them. Even if the idea of hauling yourself up a hill leaves you cold, the unseen protagonist shows what awaits on top of the world. Or a few hundred metres above sea level, at least.


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