Sunday, February 5, 2012

Review: "Stuck Barefoot at the Park"

© Spyder0 Productions
It has been a tough year for the stuck genre. We lost two of our most popular and active video producers, Jamie Daniels and StickyBarbi, the former deciding to shift focus away from sticky videos, and the latter shocking the community by closing up shop entirely. Even the controversial Chloe's Creations Productions suffered a massive setback from a fire.

At the same time, even though things are looking a little rough, we've also seen a few promising new producers step up to fill the void, such as DIDVP, Evangeline Von Winter, and the newest kid on the block, Spyder0 Productions, whose debut sticky video "Stuck Barefoot at the Park" will be the focus of my post today.

This video wastes no time in getting to the good stuff. Peaches, sporting a tiny skirt and wild purple hair, is walking (barefoot) to her car in the parking lot, when she steps directly in the middle of a big puddle of something sticky with both feet. The remaining six minutes consist entirely of her unsuccessful struggle to free herself.

The Good: I've written before about directors and models who just "get it", and despite this being Spyder0's first directorial effort, you can tell that he is one of them. Peaches' struggles are realistic, and the goo looks convincingly sticky enough to hold her, which is something that a lot of producers don't always seem to grasp the importance of. Good struggling is useless if the goo is always breaking or sagging as they pull against it - but that's not the case here. I found myself believing that she was actually stuck. Spyder0 also experiments with a lot of creative camera angles, with a strong emphasis on the feet, and earns some bonus points for making this video out in broad daylight at a public park. I would have loved to know what some of the bystanders were thinking when they saw this scene in progress! This video was a good length too, clocking in at just over 6 minutes. Not too long, not too short.

The Bad: There isn't a lot to say here. One thing I will mention is that it must have been a windy day, because there were some audio issues that I found a bit distracting. I'm not an audio expert, so I don't know how that can be mitigated, but hopefully it can be addressed in future releases. The video also ends very abruptly, and there isn't much of a sense of progression. Peaches gets stuck, struggles for a while, and then it's over. I would have liked to see her demeanor shift a little more as she realized the severity of her situation. I also would have liked to see more pulled-back full-body shots. There are some, but the focus is mostly close-ups on the feet. Of course, that is very subjective and others may feel differently. Being out in public could have also presented some good opportunities to call for help...although from a practical standpoint, I can see why the decision was made not to do that.

The Verdict: Overall, a strong first effort, and hopefully the first of many from a promising new video producer. Barefoot stuck fans should definitely give this one some consideration.

Grade: B

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