Market hours is about exploring all the nocturnal dreams and desires of a multicultural urban space. A short film about how one moment can change a lifetime.
Lexus Short Films is a collaboration between Lexus and the Weinstein Company to support and nurture a new generation of emerging filmmakers by asking them to explore the theme “Life is Amazing.”
This year, Lexus Short Films gives up-and-coming filmmakers like “Market Hours” director Jon Goldman the opportunity to showcase their talents on an international stage.
The story of Market Hours develops around Randall, a security guard.
Randall spends his days imagining the vibrant inner lives of various vendors at the multicultural urban market where he works: none more so than Angela, an angel with her own pastry shop. But Randall’s inattention to his work has lead to a string of thefts and soon threatens to cost him his job. A chance encounter with a beautiful starlet and her lapdog provides Randall not only an opportunity to break the ice with Angela, but a chance to prove his worth to everyone at the market – including himself.
I really like the way the story is being told. On how the director is using Randall to present the market environment and the other characters. You don’t know what comes next, yet we get introduced to new faces with each step he takes. There’s this finesse to the storytelling that even some big films miss on.
The interesting thing about Randall is his eloquence, even if we get to see it only when he is imagining a conversation: “I would recommend the Ethiopian […] as long it has lethal amounts of caffeine.” Played this part a couple of times to understand what he is talking about, hahaha. Leonard Howze, the actor behind Randall, did an amazing job presenting this shy teddy bear. Really liked the eye play adventure he went on with Angela, once the dog started running.
And another important piece in creating this video was the camera play. The soft closeups and the slow motion just lets you take in all the action that takes place. My favorite part was when the dog was running by the chairs , while the kebab worker was day dreaming.
Step behind the camera while Market Hours director Jon Goldman discusses the inspiration behind the film, what he hoped to accomplish, and his favorite parts of the project.