Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with the second ever screening of "Ain't It Cool News SHORTS," your very own film festival every Saturday here at AICN. I’ve gathered what I consider to be some damn good shorts created by you, the amazingly kickass readers of AICN. If you liked the shorts last week, then you're in for a lovely treat today OR if you hated all of the shorts from last week... I don't want to know you, so turn around and Run! Run away! This week we’ve got everything from explosiviely badass and violent 80's era goodness to an insanely funny comedy.
As always if by chance you submitted a short to me and don’t see it below, fear not, I very well might have it planned to hit the magical Ain't It Cool News SHORTS screen next week. OR if you have a short that you think the fine readers of AICN should check out, here’s how to submit:
Shoot me an email at "Mike@aintitcool.com"
In the subject line include:
“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”
Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need [EX: the film’s website or a funny story involved with getting the film made…] (You can find my original call for shorts here)
Please, please, please follow the criteria for the subject line above, so no "Short for you to check out" or "Here's my short." I'm sure I sound like a jerk, but it REALLY makes it trickier on my end when you don't. Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times. I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.
I did get a few emails from readers telling me it took forever for last week's page to load, so I'm trying something new this week with breaking them up (two per page). While that's not at all how I want to do the shorts, I also don't want folks out there with slow connections to miss out. So grab some popcorn, silence your cell phones, and please remember the creators of the shorts just might be in the row in front of or behind you, so after the screening remember to keep your manners about you. If you perhaps didn’t care for a short, that’s okay, it’s your opinion and you can absolutely express that. However, being a jerk about something really isn’t cool and doesn’t have a place here. So ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats so we can begin the program.
Let's kick this off with an explosion or two: I present to you BLOOD FROM A STONE by Bill Palmer.
BLOOD FROM A STONE
Dir. Bill Palmer
Genre: 80's Action Comedy
"When renegade cop Sean Sharpstone gets behind the wheel of his t-top Camaro, rules, consequences and ethical behavior take a backseat to looking good, kicking ass and spitting one-liners in this tongue-in-cheek homage to "Fascist Action" films of the 1980's. You've been invited to sit shotgun."
Holy hell what a fun ride. The film's star, Matt Iseman, embodies everything you could ask for from an 80's badass and the style is oddly unique. Just poking around Bill's vimeo account, I found a pretty interesting mini-companion piece to this short (RIDING SHOTGUN) where he used a Go Pro camera and mounted it onto a shotgun... It's actually impressive in its own right. Please go the HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN route and get a feature out of this!!!
Up next is EVOLUTIONARIES.
Dir. Fraser Croall & Gary Dewar
"Evolutionaries is an animated action adventure series, set far in the future, on Planet Earth as you have never seen it before.
The Human race is long gone – but to where? Evolved Animals and the forgotten Robots - servants of man, have inherited the Earth and new civilisations flourish amongst the wastelands of humanity. But Earth is a fragile place and warriors, both animal and robot, seek to dominate the other and take control of the planet once and for all.
Now Pan the Simian, Non the Robot, Tyton the Owl and Asad the Mighty Lion must unite. Their missions; to solve the riddle of the missing human race, summon help from beyond the stars and bring peace to Planet Earth!"
That video visually blows me away. The artwork that went into it and the fact that it was all done by four or five peolpe is insane. Check out their website here: www.evolutionariescartoon.com.
Dir. Torben Bech