Mining Familiar Territory

What Are You Having? is a short by Benjamin Meyer showing a shy young man in a diner trying to work up the courage to introduce himself to a young woman sitting at another table. The approach, where we see our characters enact what they want to do in their minds, is a recent technique, popping up in Six Feet Under and elsewhere. Here, the idea is pushed nearly to its limit, showing how easily someone ends up living in their head more than in real life - the fantasy is a safe and secure place.

The short is creative in all the right ways, exploring the humor in our common social fears. As a student film, the cinematography is spot on, enhancing the story, but not actually fancy. The idea is truly perfect for the format - limited in scope, but plenty of room for finding meaning and insight. Not a bad attempt at all.

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