Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem

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Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem
Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem.jpg
Poster
Directed byZarel Smith
Produced byZarel Smith
Written byZarel Smith
StarringZarel Smith
jOOST Smith
Daleen Smith
Music byFish Lord Silvers
Edited byZarel Smith
Release date
25 December 2020
Running time
12 minutes
Country UK
LanguageEnglish

Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem is a 2020 short British artistic psychological[1] fantasy thriller film produced, written and directed by Zarel Smith. It is Smith's eighth independent film.[2] The film concerns a teenager, named Jacob Mort Glickman (played by Smith), who begins to question his sanity after he becomes obsessed with collecting socks. The featured song, retroactively titled "Winter Golem Theme", is a harsh noise wall song that was composed by experimental noise artist Fish Lord Silvers, who is also responsible for the music of Insaniam, one of Smith's previous films.[3]

Smith had began developing another psychological thriller film since after he had finished Insaniam in May 2020. After deciding on making it focused around mental health, Smith finally conceived the idea in early November when his younger brother Joost Smith sarcastically suggested making it a film "about a mentally ill man collecting socks." A script was finalised on 23 November, and principal photography began in London on 26 November and concluded on 1 December. Post-production finished on 22 December. "Winter Golem Theme" was previously composed in May 2020 by Fish Lord Silvers.[4]

The film was released on Christmas Day 2020, after early screenings took place on 23 December. The film polarised audiences, and sparked debate over the film's meaning, though some critics were opposed to its self-proclaimed artistic merit; others generally praised its cinematography, editing, music and Smith's performance as Glickman, whilst the film's runtime of twelve minutes – Smith's longest independent film yet[5] – also drew negative feedback. The film received three nominations at the 2020 ZSR Awards in the erstwhile New Eiffel, and won Best Editing.[6]

Plot

Zarel Smith as Jacob Mort Glickman

Jacob Mort Glickman (played by Smith) awakes at the middle of night, and walks to his front garden - he sits down, and sees a sock on a chair beside him; he picks it up and smells it. Suddenly, he awakes at morning, and brushes it off as a dream. He gets up, and notices his shoes have mud on them, but decides to ignore it. He opens his drawer and picks up a single sock, confused, he begins to look for the other pear, only to find it on his mirror; as he reaches for it, he briefly hears a voice uttering "socks", than grabs it. He inevitably decides to only put on the one sock, and heads downstairs to eat breakfast. Whilst eating cereal, he hears the voice of Jeffrey Cohen (Joost Smith) say that Glickman's dog is biting his sock, which causes Glickman to stop eating and stare blankly as he hears the voice uttering again; he begins hallucinating and seeing socks around his house.

At night, whilst he is playing a card game – presumably with his family – he looks to see a single sock on a desk; his family has now disappeared, and he gets up to retrieve the sock, however falls down and begins crawling to reach it; his heart starts beating rapidly as he struggles to reach the sock, eventually succeeding and knocking it off of the desk.

The pile of socks that Glickman collects
Glickman after death

It is now daytime, and Glickman walks to the back fence of his garden. When he arrives, he slips, however stands perfectly still just before reaching the ground, and he hears the voice again. He gets up, and in an apathetic look says "He wants me to find them." He climbs over the fence to a forest behind his garden, and after looking around, finds a sock on a tree stump, which he takes home with him.

At night, he walks around the house in a distressed manner, than falls to the ground upon hearing the voice again. The voices stop, and Glickman states he knows what he has to do. He begins searching around the house for socks to collect, first taking them from a laundry pile, washing machine, other people's rooms, and finally from inside a trashcan. It is now early in the morning; Glickman writes the word "sock" on a window, and takes all the socks he has collected from his drawer; he hears the voice again, and puts all the socks on a pile - he then climbs into the pile of socks, and hears the voice once more, before harsh noise wall music plays, and Glickman awakes to see his arm has turned into a sock; he jumps out of his bed, and suddenly appears trapped underneath the bed; laying on the falls, a sock falls onto his right shoulder, and he screams in pain.

He suddenly awakens and frantically looks through all his drawers, none of them containing any socks. He gets overfilled with relief, assuming it had all been a dream. He washes his face in the bathroom, however, after he walks out, he feels a pain in his right shoulder, and he falls to the ground. He reaches up, trying to move, but a sock falls onto his face, which causes him to die. The next scene shows a sock waking up in his bed, and the sock gets up and wears Glickman as a sock instead.[7]

Cast

Production

(left) Zarel Smith, creator of the film; (middle) Fish Lord Silvers (depiction), experimental music artist who composed the song "Winter Golem Theme"; (right) Joost Smith sarcastically suggested the idea of making a film "about a mentally ill man collecting socks."
The DJI Osmo 3 was used during filming

Production for Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem lasted 29 days, making it the longest production time for any of Smith's independent films.[9] He claims Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem was his most challenging and ambitious production. Smith had began developing another psychological thriller film since after he had finished Insaniam in May 2020. After deciding on making it focused around mental health, Smith finally conceived the idea in early November when his younger brother Joost Smith sarcastically suggested making it a film "about a mentally ill man collecting socks." Smith finalised the script on 23 November.

Filming

Principal photography took place in London between 26 November–1 December;[9] filming commenced primarily in the erstwhile New Eiffelic cities of New Leeds and Új Repülő, whilst Plitvice appeared in wide shots. In total, over 28 minutes of footage had been shot, the most of any New Eiffelic film – it was edited down to 12 minutes, cutting over half of the footage. The film was shot on an iPhone 7 Plus, primarily at 60 frames per second for close-shots and 30 fps for wide and cinematic shots; this also indicates that the aspect ratio of the film is 4:3 and the audio is monaural.[10] Joost helped out with cinematography for a few of the shots. For some of the shots, Smith used the DJI Osmo 3 Foldable Mobile Gimbal he was gifted for his birthday and an amateur plastic tripod he had purchased several years ago.

Post-production

Post-production began on 1 December and finished on 22 December. Smith utilised several different amateur editing software to create the film; DJI Mimo Video Editing for the colour filters, LiveCollage for sound editing, and iMovie to finish the film, along with using several different free websites for an array of differentiating purposes[11] Smith also created many of his own sound effects for the film. What would retroactively be known as "Winter Golem Theme" – a harsh noise wall song – was previously composed in May 2020 by experimental music artist Fish Lord Silvers.[4] Smith had previously used one of Silvers' songs for his film Insaniam in May 2020. Smith created the film's poster by using PicCollage, LunaPic and Let's Enhance.[9][11]

Release and reception

Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem was released on Christmas Day 2020, though two early screenings took place on 23 December. The film polarised audiences, and sparked debate over the film's meaning, though some critics were opposed to its self-proclaimed artistic merit; others generally praised its cinematography, editing, music and Smith's performance as Glickman, whilst the film's runtime of twelve minutes – Smith's longest independent film yet[5] – also drew negative feedback.[6] Many have considered it inferior to Smith's previous film Insaniam. It was uploaded onto the Internet Archive on 27 December, where it has reached over twenty views, and is expected to arrive to StreamEiffel in 2022.[12]

Accolades

The film received three nominations at the 2020 ZSR Awards in the erstwhile New Eiffel, Best Sound Editing, Best Set Design and it won Best Editing. It lost Best Sound Editing to Star Warz: The Stranded Sith and Best Set Design to Pick.[6]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
ZSR Awards 7 January 2021
Best Editing Zarel Smith Won [6]
Best Set Design Nominated [6]
Best Sound Editing Nominated [6]

Copyright status

The film is available under the Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0), indicating that a person may copy, download and redistribute the material in any medium or format (as well as remix, transform or build upon the material), so long as they do not use the material for commercial purposes and give credit to Smith.[12]

Prequel

Announced in January 2021, a prequel to the film is currently in production and is set to be released on 25 December 2022. The script was finished on 1 April 2021.

See also

  • Insaniam (2020), a surrealist film by Smith

References

  1. Keywords. IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. Filmography of Zarel Smith doc. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  3. Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem on IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fish Lord Silvers (May 2020) – Winter Golem Theme | Main song form "Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem", uploaded onto YouTube by Zed [MemeStealer69] on 24 December 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Trivia. IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 ZSR Awards 2020, 7 January 2021. Press release, 13 March 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  7. Plot summary. IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  8. Full cast and crew. IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Filming & Production. IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  10. Technical specs. IMDb. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Websites used during production of Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem – Google Docs. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Big Fluffy Socks for the Winter Golem is available for free download at the Internet Archive. Retrieved 18 March 2021.

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