When Short Films Are Done Right: A Review Of Stationary

Independent filmmakers are the perfect example of determination and externalising your passions, and the folks at Million Youth Media are no exception.

Recently released short Stationary, is the story of former drug dealer, Jimmy, confronting childhood best friend about the dangerous road she’s leading her younger brother down.

The story is simple yet incredibly and emotionally compelling, you don’t need to have experienced drug abuse or even be a part of that culture to understand what’s going on because the themes of the importance of family and relationships are present, something all people can relate to. 

The acting is superb and quite simply, real. Technically, it’s well crafted with beautifully framed shots and clear, crisp sound design, which all add to the story in their own way.

Stationary, I believe, is a benchmark for what short films should aspire to be. A realistically producible project with a simple story, clear themes, and minimal actors and locations. 

A story does need over the top stunts or visual effects in order to be compelling, and Stationary is the sort of short film many young independent filmmakers can draw inspiration from.


  • Jay Evans


    Jay Evans has spent the last 8 years working as a film editor, 4 of which have been with The Initiative Production Company. In his spare time he enjoys music, comedy, experimental cooking and getting lost in the woods.

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