Standby is a brilliant buddy cop drama told in under five minutes
Sunday, 19 March 2017 () Short stories are hard to pull off well. Creators, whether they’re authors or directors, have to strip their story down to its most essential elements, all while making sure their characters can still grab the attention of their audiences. A short film called Standby is a brilliant example of how a storyteller can do just that.
Written and directed by Charlotte Regan, Standby is about two British police officers on the job. I don’t want to say any more than that before you watch it, so go ahead and come back once you’ve done that.
Standby does something really clever: it sets the camera up on the dashboard and doesn’t move it. As we follow Gary (Andrew Paul) and Jenny (Alexa Morden) on their daily routine, it’s up to the...