About – A doorman, James (Jason Torres) has his first night on the job. Where he learns all the trades of a doorman and the different characters that come through his door.
Director and writer, J. Antonio. This is his first feature film, by having the desire to make films to show the visions he has from the society he sees. J. Antonio has done a great job in portraying this within ‘Night Job’. By successfully delivering the way people interact with different characters in strange situations.
The score, that was composed by TJ Wilkins. The score has a perfect fit to the black and white effect. The score is somewhat like jazz, trombone and piano melodies to represent the Manhattan vibe of the city. With the effect of the film being in black and white, this jazz like score makes ‘Night Job’ a perfect tone, to the audience that can feel the warmness of the city. Even though we are only seeing the doorman’s first evening shift, it still brings us that city vibe that we must have to progress the feeling of hope and desire for this character.
This leads onto the acting, there are far too many characters to go in-depth and their performances. However, what can be said is that every character, made it more realistic for the story.
James played by Jason Torres, is the sort of character that can’t see wrong in people. He is kind-hearted to everyone that walks through his door, over polite and wanting the best service he can provide. Jason Torres plays this role well; however, you feel like this character could have been enhanced emotionally towards the audience through the acting. It felt too amateur compared to some of the other performances that we engage with. This could have been his way of acting but Jason needed to deliver a more exciting character, more than this nervous, scared character that he produces.
The camera work, needed a lot more improving to its smaller details. There is one scene, where the tripod is seen through a mirror. There are also other scenes where the camera operator is zooming in and out on characters. This doesn’t add an effect to the storyline it looks messy for the production. Also, the camera wonders off the character that is talking, this could be because we are feeling like James, that we are not interested, when someone else is talking. Although this doesn’t bring out a decent side to the production team or the camera operator.
The audio for the dialogue is fine and it works perfectly, there is no miss match when a character is talking. However, the audio itself has been cut up when editing. This can be heard through the different background noises within the film. There is the background noise from the main camera, that is capturing the visuals. Then there is the background noise from the audio equipment that picks up the dialogue. This is very clear when someone is speaking, you can tell straight away that there is a different audio piece being used. However, this isn’t as off putting as it sounds it is a lack of editing software being used correctly that can be turned down so we can’t hear it.
Conclusively, ‘Night Job’ is a very well thought out piece of art house film. It helps us see the city through the eyes of someone that is nervous but excited to be in the city. This is a great way for people to get a small feel of what it would be like on the nights as a doorman. The score and the use of the black and white effect, complement each other for our viewing experience. The smaller details need to be looked at before the film can progress, which can be easily figured out with more time and patience.