Showcase: The Money Shot
A man starts photographing items to sell on eBay, looking to make some extra cash. He stumbles on what must be the supernatural, uncanny source of unlimited wealth— or is it?
Part of Campfire’s current “The Good Life” festival showcase, The Money Shot reflects on a philosophical mediation on the perception of a ‘good’ or purposeful life:
“The Money Shot alludes to one of the most common disappointments of the human condition: that we never quite reach the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’.”
(You can read more from the film’s writer and director Graham Rathlin on the film’s concept and production here)
The Money Shot is a quirky neat little film that resonates with one of storytelling’s oldest themes: wish fulfillment.
So many stories, from our earliest childhood fairytales to the oldest myths rely on an unexpected turn of events: a fairy godmother, the call to adventure, buried treasure. Like revenge stories, there’s a vicarious pleasure in them. So it’s understandable that these stories connect to part of us that hopes for a change of circumstances to propel us into the story we wish we were living.
Drtr. Graham Rathlin, UK, 2011. Running time 4:24.
Teaching notes by Nicole James.