In the world of independent production, there’s a lot to be said for keeping one’s concept in scale with the production value available. A well-made short can ultimately be more rewarding than a sprawling, yet substandard, series. Today’s example: the action comedy miniseries Today of All Days, which will never be confused with an epic piece of narrative, but pulls off its objectives with flair and originality.
A three-episode series directed by Jared Ward and written by Drew Cohn and Josh Negrin (who’s also a producer on Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show), Today focuses on the friendship between Michael (Cohn) and his childhood best friend Scotty (Negrin), who are on their way to Michael’s wedding — until, that is, Scotty’s work as a private contractor pulls them off course. The result is a clever combination of deadpan comedy, action and actually affecting male bonding.
Taking place over the span of about 30 minutes with one primary location, Today is a fun, fast-paced ride with some solidly funny moments. Some of the CGI effects aren’t fantastic, but the action scenes are surprisingly well-staged for what’s clearly a low-budget production and the sound is top-notch.
Episodes are in no way standalone — the experience is relatively similar to a broken-apart short film — but it’s a fun way to spend ten minutes. Especially, that is, if you don’t mind a slight stretching of believability and enjoy Call of Duty references.
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