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This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS Are All Over The Place! (In a special way)

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with an extra special edition of SATURDAY SHORTS. Personally I like genre block screenings, like "All action" or "All comedy," but I also want to keep you fine folks on your toes and give you something you might not be expecting. This week I have just that, a crazy assortment of wonderful genre gems. So if you like horror, you're in luck. If you like comedy, I've got just the thing. If you like... you get the idea. So hell, let's get this screening underway!

One note - Each one of these shorts was submitted by a fellow Ain't It Cool Reader, (one of us) and they just might be lurking in the back of the theater paying close attention to audience reactions, so if something struck you or you really dug a flick - spread the word about it or shout out in the Talk Backs below. On a similar note, if you're going to try to troll here... just don't. Be excellent to each other. "____ sucks and stole precisely ____ minutes of my day" does nothing for anyone. If you think something's flawed, back it up. In an age where Twitter and Facebook almost prod you to give your opinions on things, it's too easy to turn to the dark side and tare something apart. Filmmaking is hard work on ANY level and we're lucky to be able to screen these. I'm a fan of every damn filmmaker I've gotten to showcase, so you know where I stand.

Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:


(Science Fiction)

TRT: 6:34

Up first is director Josh Oakhurst's post apocalyptic sci-fi love letter to MAD MAX.

"Six months from now, two North American Union Armored Guard Personnel find out what it is like to be trapped in a rolling coffin in unfriendly territory."

Check out the behind the scenes of CHIMERA here and be sure to follow the guy on Twitter: @joshoakhurst




TRT: 7:00

Here we have an atypical adventure... Well actually I take that back, this is a rather pure adventure film from director Toby Morris. It's a beautiful story that I think everyone can relate to.

"A young boy goes on an epic adventure, leaving a trail of lightbulbs everywhere he goes..."

I feel like so many films these days are so dark and gritty, I sort of miss the more carefree, feel-good films that I grew up on (Forrest Gump, any Amblin film). And so wanted to create a sort of 'classic Hollywood' film. The scale of this short was enormous from the start, and upon completion of the script several people simply labelled it as impossible without a huge budget. And I probably should have listened to them - creating this short film was the hardest thing I have ever done, but seeing it complete makes it all worthwhile.

Toby, whatever you were trying to do - you totally succeeded, man. I love MY CONSTELLATION.




TRT: 12:30

This one's interesting, it was shot in by the film's composer (William Gallego) and feels right at home here in the safe confines of Ain't It Cool.

"About a young boy, an avid comic book fan and his on-going struggle with neighborhood bullies. When he finds a checklist of super-hero powers published in his favorite comic book he sets out to evaluate himself for super abilities. What he discovers exceeds everyone's expectations - including his own."




TRT: 2:33

Okay, this one might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it sure as hell is mine. This is the kind of humor that cracks me up. It might not immediately stab you with laughter in the first 30 seconds, but trust me - it will leave you with a smile on your face (albiet slightly confused smile). This one's great. Director Phil Healy is my kind of funny.



BAM! Take that boredon! So there we have it ladies and gentlemen, four shorts that should get your motors running (I don't really even know what I mean by that, but whatever - let's have fun). Seriously, I dug these shorts and hope you did to.

But wait, what's that you say? You want to see more shorts from other talented filmmaking beasts? I've got you covered, just cick on any of these fine links and get taken to a world of awesome cinematic love.

















If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!

Shoot me an email at ""

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 or would want published.

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.

Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?


- Mike McCutchen




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  • It's been ages since something new about that movie!! Can't wait though!! :-)

  • May 19, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Another great group of shorts

    by cyberuck

    I look forward to this every weekend. My Constellation nearly lost me, but really pulled it out at the end. Terrific! Great photography. Vampire got a laugh out of me.

  • May 19, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    What the hell was the first one about?

    by smackmybishop

    Seemed to be part of a bigger picture. It was all over the place. Me no like. The others were pretty good, except the Vampire one.

  • May 19, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by Fritzlorrerains


  • May 19, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Can someone explain Chimera to me please?

    by Fritzlorrerains

    It was well done but I didn't understand what it was about. I'm dumb that way.

  • May 19, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    I love your screenname.... Invaders is my jam right now! That said, I was thinking the same thing... very unfocused.

  • May 19, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    Liked the ultra-widescreen. And the "Intercepter." Didn't care for much else.

  • May 19, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    My Constellation

    by Tigger Tales

    Dialogue isn't essential in telling a story... this short did a great job of proving that. I didn't understand the parts relating to the dog, though.... the girl is sad, the lightbulb blows out, and then next shot she is running with the dog and the boy? Call me confused.

  • May 19, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    The acting in the "first act" was really mediocre, which made it difficult to get through the first few minutes. The super power evaluation form is where things got really interesting... I love the boy's determination to find his supernatural giftings, and his reactions when things don't go as he hoped. I like the reveal from the water. I like Zeke the Cat.

  • May 19, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    I like the carefree hipster love. Truth be told, I wish I had it in my life right now. A couple minutes in, my computer paused due to the slow connection to youtube. It was during the first syllable of "VAMPIRE!" This is the second time this weekend that I've had a surprise ruined due to pausing (I paused when Pierce was surprising Jeff and Shirley in the library on Thursday's Community). Any ways, great short.

  • May 19, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    The girl was distracting the man while the boy was replenishing his supply of bulbs from his house.

  • May 19, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Saturday Shorts — aka — What 'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?

    by justmyluck

    CHIMERA So much roaming camera and close-ups (compensating for makeshift art direction?) sacrifices geography and coherence of continuity. I had enough of these film-look plugins + long lens shooting with BELLFLOWER. Feels like a teaser for a web series on some future, post-outbreak *Mad Maxine*. If this was trying to be *evocative* on a low budget, it's moderately successful. MY CONSTELLATION This was a charming idea, to a point, well-executed and wisely played silent with heavy underscore to prolong sentiment. The natural/existing/practical light cinematography = A+. Harkens to Spielberg, or more appropriately JJ Abrams' re-fried 'Berg-er, SUPER-8. Unfortunately the grandiose Hallmark card ending undoes the light touches which came before, when something less head-on would have sufficed — even just the outline of one five-point star. Prince changed his name to *symbol* and received a lot more attention. THE SUPER LIST Solid opening scene/choreography, well cast and cute for the most part. The core list evaluation sequence plays the same riff too long, just like the lengthy list. The reveal of the villain powers combined with fighting bullies didn't send this home properly. Turning the ball to stone and having it crush the bully's foot, followed by a maniacal laugh which surprises the boy himself, may have been better *villain forecasting*. While the editing and sound are agile, I'd suggest trimming this down to under ten minutes. VAMPIRE This *montage interrupted* definitely gets a laugh. Savvy illustrations for the credits. Overall, this week = add more Oregano!

  • May 20, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    by Lewis Farinella

    Hey Muldoon, I sent my short film a while back....but still no feature : ( Here's the link if ya'll want to check it out. It's a live action "CONTRA" fan film. It's Contra meets Grindhouse Cinema ^_^

  • May 20, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    CONTRA short film ^_^

    by Lewis Farinella

    Hey Muldoon, I sent my short film a while back....but still no feature : ( Here's the link if ya'll want to check it out. It's a live action "CONTRA" fan film. It's Contra meets Grindhouse Cinema ^_^

  • May 20, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Battle for the parking lot. We've seen this before, 'specially white boyz dodging ethnic bullets. I've noticed that as some video games become more *cinematic*, some movies become more like first-person shooters. CG augmentation here is hit-and-miss, with blood spray appearing like pink smoke. To its credit, this short passes quickly. More from the CONTRA period:

  • May 20, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Good selection this week Muldoon! Thanks

    by Industrious Angel

    The common denominator this week might be a general shortness in the dialogue department - not that that's a bad thing if done right! "Chimera": maybe a love letter to Mad Max but I was reminded more of psychedelic 60s flicks. Hint to the lensman: The ultrawidescreen did not enhance this, in fact 16:9 ore even 4:3 might be far more appropriate for the look and setting of Chimera. The bits of dialogue were unneccesary too. "My Constellation" was excellent. Perfect camerawork, the music maybe too epic and loud. Loved how nobody had to speak to get what was happening. "The Super List" has a really nice idea and I actually did NOT know where this was heading until the last shots (I thought the fish and cat might have been elaborate pranks by his sister :) ). Justmyluck is right, the ticking-off goes on for a bit too long (or the single checking procedures are not funny enough, might work that way too). A more slapsticky music during these scenes might also improve the fun! "Vampire" got a laugh, that's true. Again, nice to have it realised without dialogue so the gag works even better! One critical comment about those shorts: They are not numerous enough. Seriously, because this week there were no 20minuters among them - this was over far too quick!

  • May 20, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Another short from another talkbacker

    by alienindisguise It's coherent and doesn't drag its ass so give it a look if you want. I submitted for this column but not knowing if it'll be featured, thought I'd at least promote it with a comment. Thanks to anyone who checks it out!

  • May 20, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Tony T. lll

    by DrMorbius

    Well done sir, impressive work ... Directed by ... Produced by ... Written by ... Shot by ... Edited by ... Score by ... Liked the Alien POV effect. Cheers!

  • May 20, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    AGAINST THE WALL (a short film on G4TV site)

    by amrisharmpit I submitted this short to this column as well, but like alienindisguise, was not sure if it would get featured. It was picked up by G4TV, iTunes and Vudu and it played 8 festivals last year. We tried to do a throwback to '80s video games and '70s sci-fi minimalism. I wrote a script based on the short - called BLOCKWORLD - and have some industry folks interested on the heels of ATW. We'd love to do it as a low-budget sci-fi production. Any comments are welcome - we've heard it all, and I do mean all. ;) FYI, Muldoon himself was the one who encouraged me (and all other talkbackers, for that matter) to post links to your short film even if it is not selected for the Saturday Shorts program - just wanted to get the word out about that if anyone has something to share.

  • May 20, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    GREY The big issue here is that the narrator/Rambolina has plenty of resolve and little fear, which suggests she's not in any danger. Technically the sound needs work as her narration is muffled by noise reduction. The notches on the wall at 2:36 should have been saved until the end. Still, this sets up a premise quickly by showing very little. AGAINST THE WALL TRON meets ARKANOID. Difficult to ascertain whether the couple were imprisoned, and I was expecting something along the lines of, "You will be set free in ten years, five years..." as the player cleared each level. Hence, lacked tension regarding the game, and motivation for the player. CG extensions, sky replacements, etc. are okay.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by Blair Franklin

    "Constellation" immediately made me feel like I was watching a Spielberg film from the 80s....LOVED it. Probably the best short I have seen on these Saturday Short fests. Well worth your efforts Mr. Toby Morris!! "The Super List" took a little while to get where it was going, but had a FANTASTIC ending, which always makes things worth the watch! The little kid was very good, too. Impressively emotive. "Vampire" -- that is my kind of funny, too!

  • May 21, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Thanks from The Super List crew!

    by William G.

    I'm William, composer for The Super List This movie was really made as a "Love Letter" to fans of the comic books from fans, ourselves We grew up on steady diet of them as kids. We were hoping we could strike that chord with all you that could relate to getting that favorite comic book at your local book store and the excitement of the 1st time you tried on that cape, mask, or any attempt at Telekenisis or even flying- no matter how uncool everyone else thought it was. I want to personally thank Muldoon for the chance to get our small "ode" to the Ain't It Cool News audience and hope you can all remember those days when you wish you had an upper hand or any such powers to get back at the local bully. Thanks for the time and for all of the great feedback.