Christopher Nolan whomst??? Forget Hollywood, TikTok users are making cinematic masterpieces out of the app’s looping feature.
Ok so, before I fell into this deep never ending TikTok tunnel, I came across this comedy skit about lucid dreaming by filmmaker Baron Ryan (@AmericanBaron) a few weeks ago. The clip, which opens with a shot of him opening a chest with a note inside that reads, “still dreaming,” cuts to a series of random encounters he has in an attempt to wake up—from Bob Ross to his mum to “that really weird guy at CBS who asked if you were around here” one time in 2015.
Then, it ends with him trying to get outta the dream by putting his hand to his ear and sliding out of screen like a cylinder on a revolver… only for the clip to restart with him “still dreaming.” Coupled with some v cool camera transitions and cinematography, and a West Anderson-inspired quirky string soundtrack, it’s probably the TikTok video I’ve thought about the most in the last month. It’s fantastic, seamlessly transitioned and genuinely something I never want to end.
Aaand, it’s not the only video like it. In another, TikTok user Sierra Holloway (@scorpiosierra) tries to uncover the mystery behind a smashed jar of jam—to the lyrics of Thundercat’s “Them Changes,” “nobody move, there’s blood on the floor”—eventually staring outside her window reflecting before seeing a clone of herself across the street with the same jar in hand, and the sound of glass smashing… before it then repeats itself.
Step aside, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch, these clips genuinely are TikTok cinematic surrealism at its finest.
Special effects trickster Zach King—who you might remember from that cursed clip of a glass of water that’s actually cake—has his own take on the looping trend with this clip featuring him dressed as a farmer chopping up watermelons. In the seemingly innocent scene, King calls out to the crowd, “watermelon, come get your watermelon,” before cutting a watermelon in half, magically transforming it back into a full watermelon using the reflection (and some literal special effects magic), and looping it.
I hate it so so much (meaning, it’s v good).
Here are some other cinematic looping TikToks that give me trust issues.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, films and even the idea of going to the movies is officially cancelled. All we can look forward to is TikTok, Zendaya making a film in quarantine and Netflix’s ever growing catalogue of content for our self-isolating needs.