February 13, 2017, 11:44 AM ·
Is it okay to visit a theme park alone? Is flying solo at a place like Disneyland as much fun when you are not sharing those moments with a friend of loved one?
That's one of the classic debates among theme park fans. At least, it's a debate among people who haven't yet gone it alone to a park. I visit Disneyland and other theme parks solo all the time, and I actually find it way more convenient to visit on my own: it's faster and easier to walk through crowds, there's no debate over what to do next, and those single rider lines help me skip a lot of wait time.
But this is a discovery that each theme park must make on his or her own. And that's the topic of a new short film I just watched — Single Rider.
Create by college film student Kace Colwell, Single Rider lured me with a clever set-up that actually made me laugh at a couple's break-up. (You'll understand when you watch it.) From there, the film lays out a blend of fictional narrative and video travel blog that plays like a love letter to Disneyland.
"I went through a rough breakup last year, had recently moved to California, and didn't know a ton of people here, so it was great to have Disneyland nearby to escape from reality," Kace told me in an email. As a film student, Kace shot the movie guerrilla-style between September an December of last year.
"I'm used to working on student films in a somewhat controlled environment, so this was kind of a different experience, but at the same time I've been making short dumb YouTube videos out in public for years, so making Single Rider was really just taking skills I picked up filming those and attempting to take them to the next level," Kace said.
The video says it's "Episode 1," and Kace is waiting to gauge reaction before committing to episode 2.
"If there's enough interest, I would love to make more episodes of the show. Now that I know more people interested in filmmaking I think I have the potential to make something more cinematic; I'm just not sure if I want to go to the trouble of filming a narrative short at a theme park again unless a fair amount of people will watch it," Kace said. "Otherwise, I have my sights set on a surreal sci-fi short about social media."