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17 December 2020

Son of Santa.

by Jason Stone

Short Films: “Snowflake” - 1 min 41s

This delightful short film uses a familiar trope to introduce the audience to a very 2020 Santa, and his even more 2020 son. Because of the former's need to self-isolate, the latter is obliged to take on his seasonal role, but he's not content to execute the tasks without a significant rethink.

This something of Russell Brand about Santa's son as he questions every aspect of his father's methodology... there is no sacred cow that he doesn't want to slaughter in his sly takeover bid. But dad isn't taking this lying down, and begins a rear guard action which entails physically confronting what he perceives to be his modern competition – one of the ubiquitous delivery drivers whose underpaid heroism will ensure that Christmas promises are met, even during a pandemic.

Director Jack Laurance wrings every drop of wry comedy from this idea by drawing neatly understated performances from the young pretender and the extras, while allowing Santa to be portrayed with broader strokes – further emphasising the generational divide between the two.

With Christmas Day just a week away, and official guidance about how we can celebrate it shifting on a daily basis, it's nice to watch something that can make us smile.

Film Production: Armoury Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Jack Laurance
Producer: Matt Hichens / Clare Gibson
Cinematographer: Ali King
Production Designer: Jake Parker
Hair Design: Kari Rödnes
Make-Up: Kari Rödnes
Editor: Scot Crane Ⓦ @ The Quarry Ⓟ Ⓦ
Offline Producer: Tor Adams
VFX: Matthew Green
Colourist: Stef Colosi @ OKAY STUDIO Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Brendan Crehan

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