David Reviews: Jim Archer targets more success at MindsEye

Up-and-coming comedy director Jim Archer has signed to MindsEye for representation after a series of well-received short films.

Since arriving on the scene with the Kickstarter-funded 'Intervention', Archer has developed a wry and engaging style. His parodies of documentary profiles and earnest Vimeo films have attracted plenty of admirers... none more so than MindsEye.

MindsEye know what they like when it comes to comedy. What made them swoop for Archer? Archer first appeared on the comedy radar with his debut short film, 'Intervention'. Entrusting the film's fate to the Kickstarter gods, the project reached its funding target with ease. This allowed him to craft an off-beat romance with an ambitious cast and crew.

The hard work paid off, winning him a Grand Jury Prize gong at the London Film Festival.

On his first go, as well? That's a pretty decent launchpad - where did he go from there? While building his portfolio with promos and online ads, Archer sought inspiration for his next short film. That's when he noticed the swell of documentary-inspired work floating around the internet. Together with actor Joseph Morpurgo, he crafted a delicious piece of spoofery paying tribute to a man called, erm, Phil.

Glad I stuck around for the credits with that one. Great stuff - he had plenty of material to mine from, eh? It is the golden age of looking thoughtfully into the distance, after all. While Archer skillfully riffs on this genre's familiar beats, he also coaxes a lovely lead performance from Morpurgo. Phil's ruminations on love, his hometown, and biscotti somehow hit home.

There is a very fresh and exciting feel to Jim's work and he has a natural instinct for bringing out the comedy in any situation.

Archer continues to deftly poke fun at introspective films. His latest film 'My Sister's Dollhouse' follows a man on a search for answers amidst party poppers, parental strife, and toy arson. A Vimeo Staff Pick award shows he's got his technique down.

Another oddball gem. MindsEye must be glad to sign a man on top form. According to their press release, MindsEye know they've got a talent worth nurturing: "There is a very fresh and exciting feel to Jim's work and he has a natural instinct for bringing out the comedy in any situation. We very much look forward to working with JIm. Watch this space."