Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of shorts and today we're going all over the place. Regardless of what genre you're in the mood for - bam, we've got it. Remember, the film's creators might just be in the audience, so if you've got any questions or thoughts - shoot them off down in the talkbacks below! (And on that same note, be cool.)
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:
Let's get this party started with Keith Ray Putman's short creppy little short. A traumatized woman is shadowed by a mysterious other in this award-winning psychological thriller in the Twilight Zone tradition.
Check out Keith's website HERE or email the guy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thie next one was sent in by director Richard Reynolds of Waking Dream Studios. It's a film with one setting with a super tiny amount of people.
DAMN YOUR EYES
Dig westerns? David Guglielmo sure as hell done, so much so that's he's gone out and made a kickass western of his own. Sam, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town to exact revenge on the men who wronged him when he was only a child. He encounters Louisa, a prostitute who dreams of a better life. Meanwhile, Dennis, the town's lawman, is familiar with Sam's past and makes it his personal duty to stop him before the violence escalates.
I really dug this sucker and apparently David's trying to get a feature version off the ground. When you eventually do get a feature version, I'm totally there. Keep it up. Check out the film's official site HERE.
AN APPLE A DAY
Some movies you watch and you're like "Man, I dug that, but I can't put my finger on why." This is the case for me with AN APPLE A DAY. The music, the fun colors... something about it emits a level of happiness and calmness that I can't quite place, and then... let's just say I really dig the ending.
This is an extremely short film set in a surreal fantastic setting. It's presented in the style of a silent film (no dialogue) but does have a score and minimal sound effects. The most unique thing about this film is that I made it alone. I shot it, acted in it, edited it, created the effects, etc. And I shot the whole thing in a few hours one summer afternoon and spent one more day spicing up the colors and effects on my laptop. Even the music is an original composition I had created alone earlier. I would set up a shot and then jump in front of the camera to act. There was no one else around. The only shot that has an outside helping hand was the bubbling foam texture towards the end. To get that footage (which looks quite plain without the color manipulation), I visited my girlfriend sculptor's art studio and shot a close up of some resin she was mixing up for one of her own projects she was slaving away at. I think that many times films (even short films) are always considered to be art by committee and collaboration over a long timely process. I wanted to author a film in the same way a solo artist might quickly paint a watercolor. I hope you like it!
Martin Stirling's got a damn fine film for us to end this week with, FUTURE, INC. In the mid-21st century offices are dull, health and safety seminars are boring and the meek are downtrodden by the bitchy. In other words: nothing's changed...until the arrival of a social network which connects users to friends from the far future. With it, awkward office worker Rose finds a new lease on life... Check out Martin's site HERE.
And there we have it folks, this weeks barrage of badassity. Seriously, I hope you enjoyed this week's selection. But what's that? You want more? Okay, click on any of the links below to be transported to an equally amazing world of cinematic 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