Check Out This Mixed Bag of a SATURDAY SHORTS
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 email@example.com.
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
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July 28, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST
More comfy watching on tv than a computer.
July 28, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST
testing... just hit post three times and didn't work.
July 28, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST
for the most part. It's amazing that the technical hurdle of getting a certain high-end look is completely gone. I liked An Apple a Day the best, mostly because it feels like it has a vision and because of everything the director said. It'd be great if we could get more technical specs on these films... especially with what promises to be the revolutionary (under 3k? yes, please) Blackmagic Cinema camera coming out this week. That said, back to the films... Double was also well done and definitely had the feeling of an 80's Twilight Zone in certain parts. Future, Inc. had, BY FAR, the best acting... maybe even the best acting I've seen in this aicn feature. Sometimes I wonder if its the british accents... on average, their shorts and indie features just seem to have better and more believable performances. Oh, and PLEASE CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR MY SHORT FILM, which I hope will make this feature once it's finished. It's also sci-fi and deals with alien abduction - http://bit.ly/OrDF5Q
July 29, 2012, 12:37 a.m. CST
July 29, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST
DOUBLE When a fever-made hallucination leaves a lasting imprint, the mind replays it until incorporated back into the real world. Quality music, sound design, foley, lighting, camera placement and dolly/Steadicam conduct the psychology of this piece. Acting quite natural; direction not overstated — a fine balance here. SUPER POWERS Didn't respond well to the attempts at slacker & gross-out humor ... just not my cuppa. Manchester-ese dialog, as written, was sharp. DAMN YOUR EYES Tarantino Spaghetti Western revenge homage time. Requisite *man with no name* [eyes] style and mythology is all here. Smart color grade on interior scenes flattening the mid-tones and blackening the lead's brim shadow. Single microphone coverage left things feeling stagey. Look of backlit, head-hanging, droopy-hatted antihero — and gruff line delivery — on the button. Sketches of back story indeed make this a prologue for feature-length treatment ... good luck. AN APPLE A DAY Don't really know what this was trying to say, beyond a general statement on health and artificiality. Image post-processing and filtration created an interesting look. Filmmaker is definitely a one-man band marching to his own drum. Keep at it. FUTURE, INC. *mrbonturcode* linked this in the June 16 talkback. This is that wonderful type of idea which plays one character's perspective on the other, leaving multiple interpretations and story dividends. Demands viewer attention (in a good way) as dialog, props and text give subtle hints just once. Acting is ace. No quibbles on technical side, either. A+A+A+ Overall this week = Dance the Fandango!
July 29, 2012, 1 a.m. CST
Playing on classic pulp alien abduction (grey aliens, circular UFOs with dazzling lights, etc,) and what a psychiatric episode would conjure up would be the way to go with this.
July 29, 2012, 1:03 a.m. CST
Because it certainly didn't get any attention at it's original debut at a local bar...
July 29, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Some nice stuff this week! "Double" was nice; I liked Psychothrillers in the 80s and they're rare nowadays (I really dug Black Swan). Alice should have gotten more backstory so we would care for her. Note: Don't wear heels when you're prone to falling :) "Super Powers" was ok, watching such guys fooling around is a bit like watching kittens at play - doesn't lead anywhere but you can't NOT like them. "Damn Your Eyes" checked every box on the western checklist and checked them in broad strokes - nice work. Something surprising might add flavour but I guess the Western is at heart a no-surprise genre. Light, sets, camera were very good; the costumes could be improved (fake dirt and fake holes - something was off with most costumes) "An Apple a Day": I liked the instant-film idea; colours and angles were pretty and interesting, made good use of HD. Promising. "Future, inc.": This tried too hard for a "twist" which was really not neccesary. Also, the screen ratio didn't fit the material. Otherwise, nice buildup, good acting and dialogue, good light, good editing - overall the best film this week though I liked all of them.
July 29, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST
Apple a day only works due to the music. Damn your eyes proves westerns shot on digital don't work. At least for me. Pace was too slow also. Future inc was the best. Double was well made. But I guess I didn't get what happend. Can anyone explain? Superpowers watchable due to the dialogue. But failed to stick the landing.
July 29, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST
Great shit, fellow aspiring filmmakers. 'An Apple a Day' was very cool. 'Superpowers' made me laugh my ass off.
I don't know what it is about you Brits (in reference to 'Superpowers') but that stuff is very funny to me. Gah. Gotta get off my lazy American ass. Will watch the others later.
July 29, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST
July 31, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST
that my movie (which I submitted before the first week) will ever appear here. Kind of a bummer.
July 31, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST
July 31, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST
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