The Quarry 2010
13min | Short, Drama
Set in the 1990’s, The Quarry takes place over the course of one day, following the main character, Charlie. 12-year-old Charlie’s best friend Natalie is moving away, and as he confronts his growing feelings towards her, he learns to cope with the added pressure from his friends and family. Charlie attempts to make Natalie’s last day one to remember.
A short coming of age film about Charlie. 12 year old Charlie’s best friend, Natalie, is moving away and he is forced to confront his growing feelings towards her while learning to cope with the added pressure from his friends and family.
The film is all set to the mix tape Charlie has made for her.
Do you remember that girl, your first love – her smile, the butterflies in your stomach? You probably do, but in case you’ve forgotten (how could you??) Ryan Hanson‘s 2005 short film The Quarry will revive those magical moments for you.
The story is simple enough. Charlie (Ruben de Baat), a boy of twelve, creates the most personal gift for his friend best friend, Natalie (Meagan Brodie). It’s a mix tape containing songs with words expressing his feelings to her and it’s a farewell present –for Natalie’s family is moving away…
Wait a minute!! … cassette tape, hand-drawn covers art, record players – it all sounds so retro now, yet the props and stylistic of the film display the right tone to the people who have grown-up with those things. They help turn the story of Charlie and Natalie into a nostalgic window into one’s past.
The film’s cinematography and editing reinforce that feel too. Jump cuts in an MTV stylistic is utilized to portray what goes on in a young boy’s mind (‘cuz frankly things can get pretty messy up there), while slow motion captures moments as sweet as syrup, meant to be savored .
There is an added dynamic introduced by other characters in the movie: the curious parents, eager friends and mean older kids. And then there’s the beautiful musical score (the film is set to the mix tape Charlie made for Natalie). Admittedly, The Quarry is not the thought-provoking, epic short film some may hope for and the young actors are not convincing in every scene, but its a story that’s sweet and tender – beautiful in its simplicity.
Director: Ryan Hanson
Writer: Ryan Hanson
Stars: Ruben de Baat, Meagan Brodie, Jacob Ahearn
Filming Locations: Tiverton Drive & Kilmory Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada