Right from the opening crawl, John Woosley’s short film Mason and Jay Save The World! is his homage to Star Wars. From the off, we find that dad has left his sons Mason and Jay alone with Jay in charge, but as Jay slowly turns to the Dark “more mischievous” Side, Mason steps in to make sure the two adheres to dad’s rules.
Bored, the two decide to break those rules, and take dad’s drone out for a flight around the neighborhood. Jay has no idea how to fly it, so Mason takes control. The drone first spies Jay’s crush jogging down the street, but soon peers over into a nearby house where a strange, unidentified object is glowing, rumbling, and lobbing some sort of projectiles at the house.
There are figures with lightsabers staring each other down, and soon Jay and Mason see their father is one of the stoic characters. Should the boys save their father from the ensuing lightsaber fight, knowing that using his drone would get them grounded?
“…the two decide to break those rules, and take dad’s drone out for a flight around the neighborhood.”
Mason and Jay Save the World! is a fun short film bringing sci-fi elements and special effects to a story about two bored kids in the summer. The drone serves as a way for kids to inspire their imagination and then see their imagination become real. I love how their “imaginary” world continues to expand to the very end.
Woosley tells a simple story, using good drone footage and CGI. Let’s also add some elaborate costumes for authenticity. My only minor quibble is that drones don’t make helicopter sounds, but it’s all good, lite fun.
Mason and Jay Save the World! is a joyride of a sci-fi short for the younger set, that you don’t see often.