Beware The Creatures: This week's SATURDAY SHORTS is a fun-filled monster fest!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with your weekly roundup of fun shorts sent in by you, the creative filmmaker readers of Ain't It Cool. We've shown all sorts of genres in this SATURDAY SHORTS screening room of ours, but it's no secret horror and comedy make up the bulk of what gets screened (I just don't get much drama/softcore porn/heists/thrillers/etc...) This week is no exception, but it does contain an exceptional amount of monsters and crazy pyscho creatures that might just might make you think twice about casually genetically engineering living things in the future. (I'm looking at you "justmyluck")
Seriously, the next four films are a fun little reminder of how fun creature features can be. A few months back I was incredibly lucky and got to step foot on the set of EXISTS, a bigfoot movie from Eduardo Sanchez and I'll be posting a set report when the time's right, but holy hell there's an energy to these movies that I'm head over heels with. This week's shorts are in that same universe, so I emplore you to suspend your disbelief a tiny bit more than normal and just have some fun watching these creature baddies get set loose.
So 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:
Up first is a perfect little slice of Grindhouse meets Sin City. The music and production design slap a unique style on a rather standard "don't fuck with nature" story. Chaz Gentry's made something I had fun watching. "A man toys with nature and the results are far stranger than he ever expected. Turn off your lights and turn up your speakers. This story is meant to be told in the dark!" It’s a very simple, 3 minute monster flick that is heavily influenced by EC comic territory." If you dig PINK, go hit up his Kickstarter page here for his next project.
Holy hell, SUCKABLOOD is awesome, in a twisted "not sure I'll sleep too well tonight" kind of way. Seriously, check out Ben Franklin's fairytale of a horror short that might indeed having you suck your thumb (ironically) out of pure creepiness. Beautifully well told. If you dig what you see, go check out more from Franklin and the gang here.
I'm not sure I toss the term "masterpiece" around very often, but I can't seem to describe Matt Westrup's film in any other way. Congratulations to Matt on getting this thing greenlit for a feature - I'm more than excited to see what you come up with! Check out more of Westrup's stuff here.
JULES VERNE'S MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
This next short isn't a horror at all, but it's a pretty fun interpretation of a story I think we're all familiar with. Matteo Ferreccio's short ss essentially a love letter to the films of the early 60's and late 50's. It's pulpy goodness.
And that's all folks - the monsters need to be returned to their cages. I'll see you all next week with a fresh crop of animated goodness, but hey check out some of the past SATURDAY SHORTS if you're jonesing for quality shorts sent in by many talented filmmakers:
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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Aug. 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST
by Wesley Skelly
Wondering Muldoon, if you check every email, do you decided to not show shorts? Only I've sent one twice. My Bad I know but I'd simply love to get it shown. I have more on the way but this is my starting point.
Aug. 11, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
... that was fun.
Aug. 11, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
Though I tend to hold on to some until they can be grouped together based on their genre. I'd say for every 10 I get sent, roughly 2 end up getting screened at some point. What's the name of your short? Or better yet - just email me and I'll be sure to have my eyes on it. I might sound like a jerk right now, but it could be "eh, not really for me" or "dude, I really dig it and am just waiting for the right time to screen it with others."
Aug. 11, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST
It's like Wes Anderson meets Stanley Kubrick, while they attempt to tell a dead baby joke. Amazing. And yes, I fucking ripped a buncha sources for that description. -Namaste-
Aug. 11, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST
Continue showing shorts, they are really interesting to view.
Aug. 12, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST
...well done Mr. Westrup!
Aug. 12, 2012, 2 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Very nice selection of creature shorts! "Pink" was ok, but pales compared to this week's competition. Too bright in some scenes. "Suckablood" was awesome - very TimBurtonesque (that's meant as a compliment), good eye for angles and light, beautiful set, and the narrating poem topped it off exquisitely. The end was no surprise but this didn't really lessen the film - how else to finish? There are no surprises in moral tales :) "The Gate" (maybe I missed something but what does the title refer to?) was equally professional, perfect work, CGI well done and good sets and actors - dialogue was a bit dry. Sponsored by Boots? "Mysterious Island" was fun, kept very close to picture/sound/music quality of the originals. The acting was not that good sadly; be it homage or spoof, the actors should also fit. Those were too young or healthy-looking - if Ferreccio was an amateur I would have suspected those were his buddies :) Super shorts Muldoon! TYVM
Aug. 12, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST
by Wesley Skelly
Its a Carpenter esq 80's slasher throwback with as synth style score and a twist ending, UK made for next to nothing. I will shoot you an email. I just don't wanna send any of my other shorts yet as I was hoping that one would get picked. Understand if its not your thing but hey kind blame a guy for asking.
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST
PINK This felt bigger than its means by moving most of the creature FX off camera. Unfortunately *the lab* looked like its actual setting in a surplus warehouse. Camerawork was a plus. SUCKABLOOD Loved this Guignol tale and the non-stop theatricality. No quibbles at all, practically perfect cinematography and sound with every other technical aspect aced. Excellent. THE GATE Another technically superb short, with A+ cinematography and art direction, feeling of bigger budget. Assured dialog here, but ministers of inquiry monobabble seemed like they're just reading lines after a point. Loved the Sea King/Osprey hybrid helicopter and APPLESEED-like body armor — caveat — showcasing mecha and such imbues a 'wow' factor that waters down tension. Likewise, CG creatures lack weight/mass when in locomotion. Some great work in this one-person endeavor, but expanding this to feature length will require more attention to the character side of the scale. JULES VERNE'S MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Taking this strictly as an homage, the required elements are present enough to be recognizable, and Hermann's score upscales everything to feeling 'of adventure'. I liked that the VFX were mostly 2D and of the Harryhausen era, the technicolor grading, etc. The cycled motion of the crab was hilarious, though, looking like it was dancing for the castaways. The (sampled?) matte paintings were the highlight and, again, impressive for a one-person showcase. Overall this week = Bravo!
Aug. 12, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST
I guess if you like generic sci fi
Aug. 12, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST
to have an original compelling style of storytelling by keeping a news style distance from the under-explained accounts. I'm really curious how a drawn out feature version would remain compelling in mood and structure.
Aug. 12, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST
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Aug. 12, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST
High production value (I'm quite curious as to how much it cost), great acting, shot really well. Good job! Congrats to them on getting a feature!
Aug. 12, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST
The Gate felt artificial and off to me. even though the handheld camera and lightning work was implying a realistic tone. The excessive dry dialogue also got a bit numbing. Curious to see how they expand this into a feature. Suckablood totally achieved what it was aiming for. Sound, Makeup, lighting, all on point. Re minded me of LEGEND. The other two just didn't work for me. But I feel that's more of a personal taste thing.
Aug. 12, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST
by Fish Tank
Pink - high school project at best. I understand the directors may be reading, but they did put it out there... So a rat he engineered eats him? And? Funds are tight, I get it... but the peers in the hall... terrible acting... don't be afraid to push your actors even if they are friends. camera work not terrible. Suckablood - perfection. From the tone to the whimsy to the subtle monster effects... superb. The narrator is an amazing talent. I may use him ;-) The Gate - remarkable piece of work. The cut down version is the perfect length, and the actors (interviewer and interviewee) are perfection. Great talent! Mysterious island - I get what they were going for, but not cheesy enough.
Aug. 13, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST
The quality, realism and social commentary remind me of the original short film that became District 9. The shiny tactical suits do distract from the plausibility of the biological horror. Still, it comes off better than Natali's Splice. That woman in the meeting room looks like she's hiding something...
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