STORAGE (2017) is the brainchild of Stefan Sundberg and Henry Chu. Flying shy of six minutes in length, the short form film delivers a hearty little wallop in its impressively short running time.
Storage navigates the story of a man storing boxes in the cellar with his young daughter. However, when they encounter a mysterious being, it’s intentions turn suddenly sinister and a day to day chore becomes a battle for survival.
The ‘being’ itself is reminiscent of the character of Tomas in the Spanish J.A. Bayona film El Orfanto. It is innocent, yet evil. Creepy, yet curious. At first we mistake it as playful, possibly cheeky. However, as the pace rushes on we begin to see it change and it’s dark side emerge, terrifying us more and more in each scene.
Amazingly this short film stars only three actors , Anders Lindahl , and Millie and Robinson Chu.
Each of them develop characteristically through the short convincingly and serve up enough elements of carefully crafted emotion and terrifying realism. This small cast really delivers an intense thrill ride in their tiny time on screen. Each are convincingly frightened, frightening, or creepy in their scenes and provide a powerful portrayal of both the seen and unseen.
Henry Chu and Stefan Sundberg have crafted an intriguing modern tale. Their writing and directing talents are highly evident throughout this stylish piece, and their ability to not let the pace lag or the story lack substance (despite being so short) is an amazing feat.
The elements of lighting, score and use of varied camera angles, elongated hall shots and ability to create a pace that is steady throughout showcase Chu and Sundberg’s abilities as filmmakers.
This is a cleverly concocted and well rounded short which invites us to consider what more can come from the partnership of Chu and Sundberg. I eagerly await more from them in the future.