Director Jim Cummings is developing something of a calling card with his single-take short films.

In what’s essentially the most piteous attempt at holding up a liquor store, The Robbery utilizes a single shot as a vehicle to mount the tension of a standoff between the store owner and lead actress Rae Gray. But what’s most impressive with Cummings’s approach to The Robbery with a single take are the gradients of emotions that Gray is allowed to showcase. In just one shot, she effortlessly weaves in and out of stoned serenity, fear, shock, and ultimately heartbreak.

The Robbery

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