Short film, Get Out Fast tells the story of a 15 year old boy who recounts the disappearance of his friend known as Coyote Boy. The film circles around their relationship while putting an emphasis on Coyote Boy’s need to escape his small rural town. Through a powerful narrative, we follow him as he travels from place to place, never staying anywhere for too long. He meets others like him and discovers he’s not alone, but when everything seems like it’s going well, they abandon him. He travels back to his hometown and reunites with our narrator, but it isn’t long before he disappears again.
The film is a classic tale of the dreamer. While everybody can dream big, not everyone’s dreams come true. In this case, we have a young boy whose home life is barely existent, and he wants nothing more than to leave it all behind. He may try to outrun his average uninteresting life, but it always seems to catch up with him. As a searches for a home and a place to call his own, it seems like he doesn’t know where to look.
Though the overall story is simple and the moral is clear, it is how this film is produced that takes a mundane story and brings it to life. One of the first things I noticed was the choice to tell the story through a narrator. Having a constant voice leading us from scene to scene helps us connect to our character, as well as understand what we are viewing more deeply. What is particularly interesting about our narrator is his connection to the subject. He is his friend, yet during this period of Coyote boy’s life he isn’t present whatsoever. This in turn makes the audience question how trustworthy our narrator is? Is he merely speculating, or does he know these things to be true? I would argue that it is the choice to use a narrator, which makes the film work. If we had gotten a first person account from Coyote boy, the whole film would be different, there would be no mystery, plus the way the film is shot wouldn’t seem as deliberate.
When it comes to the actual filming of the short, I was frustrated with the choices until I realized how intentional each shot must have been. The film itself is very choppy and is constantly changing locations, but it works with the main idea. The shots are so short that we never fully see who or what is happening, and if we do the camera is so close to the actions that it’s hard to make out. While we’re trying to find out more about Coyote boy, the way the camera is used keeps us from discovering too much. We get shots of the ground, and sneakers, but are never given a sense of location or whose feet they are? Even when given his full face, we never see the train quickly approaching. All these large details are left out, relating back to our narrator not having enough information.
As it all beings to tie together we are given a pleasant surprise with the soundtrack that accompanies us through the entire film. While at some points the music becomes a little overbearing and one can barely hear the narrator, for the most part it aids the atmosphere of the film.
Inspired by the story of her grandfather and his nomadic life, director Haley Elizabeth Anderson’s short Get Out Fast explores the quality of life as a nomad.