All Too Well (The Short Film)
Short Film | November 12, 2021
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Background and Production
Taylor has stated that All Too Well (The Short Film) was shot on 35 mm film by Japanese-Korean-British cinematographer Rina Yang. Yang used an Arri Arriflex 235 for handheld and steadicam, and Panavision MXL for dolly work; lenses were Panavision Primo, with 11:1 Primo zoom. She shot exterior scenes on Kodak Ektachrome—the same kind she had used to shoot the HBO television series Euphoria. Taylor cited “Barbara Stanwyck films, particularly 1937’s Stella Dallas,” John Cassavetes, and Noah Baumbach, especially his Marriage Story (2019), as artistic influences for the short film.
Release and Promotion
The film’s world premiere took place on November 12 at the AMC Theatres in Lincoln Square, New York City with an audience that included Taylor, Sink, O’Brien, journalists, film and music critics, and handpicked fans.Each audience member received an autographed movie poster and a custom packet of tissues.Taylor also performed “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” in the theatre after the screening. The film was later released on the same day on YouTube. It had a limited theatrical release in major cities.
On June 11, 2022, the short film had a special screening at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. In an interview with American director Mike Mills, Taylor discussed her filmmaking process, while Sink and O’Brien talked about their characters in the film. Paula Weinstein, the chief content officer of the festival, said in a statement regarding Taylor: “We are very excited and enthusiastic to present a compelling slate of Reunions, Master Classes and Talks from one of the most leading and well-known storytellers from all across art, comedy, music, television and film.”
The film was screened in its 35 mm form for the first time at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2022, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Ontario; Taylor was interviewed by the festival’s CEO, Cameron Bailey, regarding “[her] filmmaking and visual aspects of her music.”
Indie Shorts Mag, rating the film 4.9 out of 5, praised the direction and dubbed the film “apotheosis of Taylor Swift’s discography, lore and fandom”. Independent critic CJ Sheu lauded Taylor’s craftsmanship, Yang’s cinematography, and Sink’s “engrossing” performance. He called the dialogued argument a “powerful scene”. In USA Today, Patrick Ryan wrote that the film was “operatic in its emotions and scope” and felt the argument scene was “particularly gut-wrenching”. Billboard‘s Paul Grein also praised the argument, saying the writing in the scene is “so vivid that it’s easy to see Swift winning an Oscar for screenwriting one day”.
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|Associated Song||All Too Well (10 Minute Version)|
|Released||November 12, 2021|
|Directed by||Taylor Swift|
|Written by||Taylor Swift|
|Produced by||Taylor Swift|
|Distributed by||PolyGram Entertainment|
|Edited by||Ted Guard|
|Production Companies||Taylor Swift Productions|
|Starring||Sadie Sink (Her)|
Dylan O’Brien (Him)
Taylor Swift (Her, Later On)
Shawn Levy (Her’s Father)