Recently I was offered the opportunity to see some test footage from a movie still in production, called Redisplacement. Since I’m all for new movie experiences, I immediately said yes even though I had no idea what to expect. In this case, at least, it turns out that ‘test footage’ is a lot like ‘teaser trailer’, meaning that if you’re hoping for a lot of information about the plot you’re not going to get it.
But as with most teaser trailers it was intriguing to watch, not to mention an interesting challenge to try to work out more about what’s going on. I watched it first before reading anything about the film, and guessed at once that it was something to do with not being quite sure of what’s real and what isn’t, and happily the imdb teaser summary backs me up on that.
Since I’m not in the business of spoiling plots, however, let me talk more generally about the feel of the footage. There’s a quietly disjointed atmosphere about the scenes, and the main character certainly seems lost, in more ways than one. There’s also a lot of shots involving water — in glasses, flowing over a dam, sitting placidly in a swimming pool — which would be appropriate. The mind can be capricious, and trying to catch hold of a memory can be like trying to grab a fistful of water.
The important point is that as a teaser trailer it’s certainly done its job and I’m now looking forward to the finished product from writer / director Lewis Coates, who was gracious enough to invite me to see the footage. It seems as though it should be an intriguing look at what will always be the final frontier for all of humanity.