Don't let the innocent face fool you. This man is brilliant, and his mind is reeled-out in shorts. Please tell me that you know of Christopher T. Wood and that you have seen his short film, "TIME TO KILL?"
The writer and star of the show are one-in-the-same, Wood portrays a stone-cold killer named Harris, who has been sent to a home to kill a target. The problem is the target is not home and Harris is tasked with killing time - which includes some very juxtapositional phone conversations about intimacy and sensitive emotions. The script co-writers Scott Frank and Justin Rettke may not be seen in the viewable frame, but are co-credited for the composition of this hilarious concoction.
"Time to Kill" was produced in 2018, so I caught up with Wood recently on social media, we were just about to take our conversation to Zoom when he dropped this on me:
The horror of such! LEAVE MEETING is like conversational catfish on Rebecca delivered by Karen and Carl. Brilliant concept, and it's certainly an effective method to catch a two-faced liar. Wood is credited with Writing and Directing this piece. Independent film production often requires the creator to wear many hats. Wood is striking capacity-poses with his credits.
Film producing is no easy task. The standard logic is, 'if you want to make a 20-million dollar picture, first make a 2-thousand dollar picture as proof. Wood is giving us proof. He did not star in this feature but is credited with Writing and Producing LEAVE MEETING.
The thing that I like about short films is being able to see the potential in a script, whether or not it should be born out into a longer form. Inference comes easy to the literal gifted. I think Woods is quite a gifted literal and that he's got reel moxie.
"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor, and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he is always doing both."
I recognize Wood to be building upon his element of craft, and to him it likely it is not hard work at all; he's a "reel natural." These two films are not the extent of his work, do yourself a favor - check out his VIMEO and YOUTUBE channel to enjoy more of his capacity. I am sure there will be more creative works coming from CTW that we will talk about, so, please stay tuned.