Get Animated with this week's SATURDAY SHORTS!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this weeks batch of amazing shorts. Based on the incredibly cheesy, but oh so on the nose title - this week we're screening some really cool animated films. We've got shorts made in Flash, shorts made of puppets with gorgeous stop motion fun, shorts that will creep you out a bit, and shorts that will have you busting a gut. Hopefully this catches some of you relatively early in the day, so you can go grab a bowl of cereal and tap into a little bit of magic that kiddos get to have every saturday morning (if that's still a thing - or do they just wake up and start playing Xbox?). Just think, all of the filmmakers below probably had relavitely similar tools in their kit, yet each one created something totally different... To put it a better way, I absolutely love how it's all about expression and no one person's going to make the same film, and with animation you're kind of only limited by your imagination (with non-animation I mean you have logisital issues with camera placements, time restraints, and not nearly as much control). An old professor back in college, Dr. Charles Ramirez-Berg, used to say "Give the same script to a hundred different filmmakers and you will have a hundred different movies." I think each of these shorts below are indicative of each filmmaker's influences and what they take out of the world visually - they've each made something I really dig, hope you dig too, and I hope to see future projects from them all.
Go grab yourself some popcorn/cereal, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:
I'm a little late to the game with this one, but once I got a chance to check it out - I was hooked. It's fun, silly, awesome, and hell - it's even got an intro from Stan Lee himself. Junaid Chundrigar did an amazing job. Check out his vimeo stuff HERE.
DOG WITH ELECTRIC COLLAR
Wow, this next one up, from writer-director-animator Steve Baker, is sure to please. It's got everything you could ask for in a film: it's funny, sad, creepy, and insanely well sculpted. The level of detail with the textures and the shot selection is absosutely in a league of its own. Seriously, it's that damn good. I can't fathom a reason why people aren't throwing massive amounts of money at the guy to keep making this kind of stuff. Get on it rich people.
The dog lives in the basement apartment on a busy city street, incessantly barking at anything that passes by the window. That is, until its owner decides to strap on an unforgiving electric collar... As the dog sits alone and confused, unable to bark, all hell suddenly breaks loose outside the window. And if that wasn’t bad enough, an evil fly buzzing above is ruthlessly scheming against the dog.
THE ADVENTURES OF JANE
This next one feels the most "saturday" out of this week's selection as it pretty much forces you to be a kid again and I mean that in the best possible way. It's fun and colorful - Allan Dye did a bangup with it.
Meet Jane, she's a small girl with an even smaller attention span. When she is tasked with cleaning her room, her unusual approach takes her on an amazing adventure. Too bad she's barely paying attention!
"This is a short I completed a while back. It was a finalist in Flash Forward Boston and 2008 Nicktoons Animation Festival, a Channel Frederator cartoon of the month and the grand prize winner of the Mytoons Get With The Times contest where a 30 second trailer of it was played on the jumbotron in Times Square.
The credits song was provided by Dan Bern, who wrote the music for Walk Hard. Was just given permission, it wasn't written specifically for my short.
My flash animation career has since been derailed by the fact that I co-created a popular iOS game called "Pocket God" but still hope to create my own animated TV show one day.
My own personal A.D.D (and a dash of O.C.D.) pretty much has me checking aintitcoolnews twice a day. Thanks for keeping me from my work guys!"
Allan, as your pal Muldoon here - you need to get "un-derailed." This is awesome. Keep 'em coming.
Time to shift gears with this next film. From Teppei Ando, the creators of CORPUS DELCITI comes this piece. I'm slightly drawing a blank on how to describe it, so I'll leave that to the filmmakers:
Based on actual court hearings, Baggage Claim is a perspective bending tale of one woman's fight for her life. Winnie Ruth Judd is a convicted "murderess" on death row. With all the odds against her, she has but one final chance to clear her name. The evidence against her, astounding in hits brutal nature, has been engraved in the mind of the justice craving public. But will Winnie's new testimony reveal her to be an innocent victim of circumstance or will they propel her soul even further into the realms of the damned?
The Darkly Comic short film, BAGGAGE CLAIM, is written and animated by Teppei Ando with music by John Arana www.murderdollhouse.com.
M'AIDEZ (HELP ME)
Lastly we have ourselves a film that is slightly horrifying in my mind. This film is relatively chilling in that it's beautifully crafted and the shots are composed in a way that helps to highlight the incredible feeling of "I'm so fucked right now..." It's a gorgeous stop motion film that doesn't necessarily have a beginning, middle, and end - but neither does the main character in it - we are left with him in a most bizarre circumstance that can't help but put thoughts in our head, like "what if that was me?" Jesse Turnbull really hit the mark here. Check it out.
I know this has been all over the internet, including here a few times like when Harry sat down with Phil Tippett for AICwHK (which, because of a certain knife weilding badass, I wasn't able to sneak out for), but here it is again - because I find myself watching and rewatching it over and over. Here's the trailer for MAD GOD - no new trailer/new shots/sneak screening/etc... it's just a visual heroin and I can't help but come back for more. The level of detail and the general mood of whatever MAD GOD ends up being is something I'm dying to check out. It's like the stuff Adam Jones did for a number of Tool videos - that similar style of stop motion (same universe as some of the more gnarly Kyoto Brothers stuff). Anyways, if you haven't seen the trailer below, cool. If you have, check it out again my friend.
And that's a wrap. I hope you guys and gals enjoyed these shorts as much as I did. Now it's back to the jungles for Muldoon! I'll see you fine folks next week with some. comedic gold. If you're new to SATURDAY SHORTS and want to check out some other really cool shorts that have screened here, here's an evergrowing list of filmic fun:
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 "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 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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June 23, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST
June 23, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
June 23, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Thanks Muldoon! Animation of any kind is always a favourite with me, I guess because it captures the spirit of cinema like nothing else. "Disassembled" put a grin on my face, good-natured fun. Reminded me of the "Little Endless" "Dog with Electric Collar" was my favourite this week. Some very nice shots and good character design, could even be a bit snappier. "The Adventures of Jane": Some good ideas; good animation - Allan Dye sure went for the TV look and got it; not my stuff but I wish him luck. Most TV animation is just garbage nowadays; this looked promising. "Baggage Claim" - not my stuff, or I don't get how this gets improved by using animation. "M'aidez" - cool design, good atmosphere.
June 23, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST
June 23, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST
by PR Deltoid
June 23, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
but this one was funnier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsONSCKOCrw&list=UUVZ0GqDzEPA344rHcfIO5Tg&feature=plcp
June 23, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST
I'll watch the rest later. But loved that one. I'm a little surprised he didn't work more on that as a series, because it's really adorable and I'm sure kids would love it.
June 23, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST
June 23, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST
I get mad that my short hasn't made it into the mix yet having submitted it before the first week, but I'm immediately cheered up by the quality films featured. Good work, everyone. -Chris Perillo
June 24, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST
DISASSEMBLED Lean redesign of iconic characters. Snappy animation. Cute comic tie-in. Only shortcoming is that for non-Marvel geeks the in-jokes could fall flat. DOG WITH ELECTRIC COLLAR A CLOCKWORK POOCH. Distinctive patina, though incorporation of 2D motion blur seemed at odds with detail of sketch-work and ink spatter. Liked how this involved mostly the one room/P.O.V. THE ADVENTURES OF JANE Representative of the hyper tempo made easy by modern vector-based animation. Character design and overall art direction unified, clean and professionally *on model*. This one's more for the kids. BAGGAGE CLAIM As with CORPUS DELICTI, the rejuvenation of court testimony with motion graphics becomes an intriguing autopsy of murder and debauchery, which would have been undone by a slicker treatment. M'AIDEZ (HELP ME) An interesting teaser for Alfonso Cuarón's GRAVITY. Compositing mask, puppet and *real* eyes changed things up enough to push this beyond the stop-motion format. Likewise, the Morse code distress signal, *MAYDAY* and M'AIDEZ — trés clever. MAD GOD (teaser) This project could suffer from a relentless darkness which needs a bit more *cool* running through its veins. Nonetheless, looks promising. Overall this week = Tween me, baby!
June 24, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST
June 24, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST
Wow, awesome. Thanks again Mike for letting us show our film on your feature. Like the last time I'm really impressed by the wide variety of styles and moods. Just goes to show you, animation can be approached from any kind of desire to tell a story. I was reading a lot of old pulp/horror comics when I started working on this series. I really like the vignette creepy stories they told and thought it would be interesting to play around with those themes with things that actually happened. The next project we have in mind is going to take a lot more time in planning,taking full advantage of the animation medium and take these to a new level.. I hope. It will be a challenge that's for sure. Thanks again, and thanks to everybody that checked our film out. And thanks to the other animators, in any style I'm always in seeing what people outside the mainstream come up with. Really cool.
June 24, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST
Well, now I know who does the DC shorts.
June 25, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST
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