“This Condom Feels Very Thin” – Nevada (Short Film Review)

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Everyone has had that sense of fear when a sexual mishap could lead to an unplanned pregnancy. It is how we deal with it which builds us as human’s.

This is the framework for Emily Ann Hoffman’s adorable animated short film Nevada. It follows the journey of young couple who are enjoying a romantic weekend away when a condom malfunction means that Zoe (Chet Siegel) has to take the morning after pill.

What makes this telling of a story, which has been done on the big screen before, so charming that even though our stop-motion protagonists are thrust into this situation, they are calm, collected and think about the situation in a level headed manner.

The tone of the 12 minute short is set right from the off with the first line of dialogue which comes from Eli (voiced by Jonathan Randell Silver) who says “This condom is rather thin” grabbing at his plasticine penis.

The animation is by no means crisp or perfect but that all adds to the charm of the narrative as the characters aren’t these perfectly sculpted people, they have lumps and bumps just like everyone in real life.

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By having their faces drawn on after the stop-motion scenes were shot,is just is another stroke of genius from the director as it gives her more freedom to play around with facial expressions to give her two characters a bit more depth.

With two / three set pieces – all of which are very minimal – it allows Hoffman to concentrate on her characters more, building Eli as the sensitive boyfriend who is seeing the best in the situation and Zoe having the push, pull feeling of whether she is ready to become a mother.

For a film that is less than quarter of an hour long Hoffman manages to capture the feeling of her narrative perfectly and has this reviewer invested in these characters, wanting to will them on no matter what choices they make.

Dir:Emily Ann Hoffman

Scr: Emily Ann Hoffman

Starring: Jonathan Randell Silver, Chet Siegel

Editor: Emily Ann Hoffman

Music: Ali Helnwein and  D.A. McCormick