This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS will kick your ass with Animated Greatness!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here and boy oh boy do I have a few truly epic animated shorts for you today. It might be a tad obvious I'm in love with films of all lengths that have some crazy scope or hook to them - in other words, give me a laser gun fight in the middle of the desert with man eating giant gerbils chasing after a group of folk as opposed to a one room chain-smoking talkathon of pretentiousness any day. With animation, you're truly only limited by your imagination. Want to have the "camera" drop from the ceiling through a few fan blades and then enter your main character's ear and come out their nose? Bam, totally possible. Want to show an elephant with a rocket pack flying around blowing stuff up? Bam, completely do-able. Below you'll find some animated shorts, sent in by fellow movie loving AICN folk, that truly blew me away and I can only hope they do the same for you. Feel free to make use of the TalkBacks below and share your thoughts with the filmmakers. I'm always surprised at who I find out actually reads through them - so who knows, if you've got a question about particular filmmaker - TalkBack to them in the forums below. (Just don't be an asshole)
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:
RUMBLESEAT - THE SADIES
This music video is just too cool not to check out. I've never heard of the band before or Mike Roberts, the short's incredibly talented filmmaker. Check out Mike's website HERE.
Rumbleseat is an animated short film based on the music of The Sadies set in a world created by animator and director Mike Roberts. Based on classic westerns and rockabilly culture, the film centers around a young man who finds himself in the back of a hot rod occupied by four sinister ghouls. From the Rumbleseat of their car, he journeys through moments of his life and realizes he must make peace with what heʼs left behind and find insight as to what has led him to this strange world.
And just for kicks, here's a funny little Super Man video from Mike as well (TRT: 2:26):
(NOTES ON) BIOLOGY
Here's a rather unique film from the gang over at Ornana FIlms sent in by Joseph Morris. It's a clever animation that occurs in the notebook of a bored student in biology class. A robot elephant steals the show as he fights to take back what humanity has stolen from him. Explosions ensue.
Up next we have director Christopher Kezelos's beautiful film that explores what it means to be different for everyone else. In a world that judges people by their number, Zero faces constant prejudice and persecution. He walks a lonely path until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.
THE LADY AND THE REAPER
Director Javier Recio Gracia brings us another fun and stunningly composed short. A sweet old lady is living alone in her farm, waiting for the arrival of death to meet her beloved husband again. One night, while sleeping, her life fades away and she is invited to cross death's door. But just as she is about to do so, the old lady wakes up inside a hospital ward; an arrogant doctor has brought her back to life and he will fight hard against death to keep the old lady alive at any cost.
And that's it ladies and gents, this week's selection. I'll see you all next week, 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. 25, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST
always fun to see some off-the-beaten path, creative product that will never make it on to craptastic American TV. "Zero" was very well done.
Aug. 25, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST
I watched this about a year ago and was blown away by the heart of it. Great short.
Aug. 25, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST
As this is the most recent AICN posting, Neil Senstrong has died. This site really needs to do a good obit.
I imagine he means a lot to most geeks in some way.
Aug. 25, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST
as is policy with all obits on this site
Aug. 25, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST
RUMBLESEAT - THE SADIES Command of cinema, here: unique camera angles, blocking and, most strikingly, a knowing sense of luminance. One weakness was the animation technique for the main character's expressions which, like most hybrid 2&1/2D character animation, seems a bit alien and off-putting. Illustrations and story as boarded a solid combination, and that this was a two-person show on the visual end paid off in spades with its distinct style. OH, SUPER Side project with some winks to counterculture. (NOTES ON) BIOLOGY Laugh-out-loud hilarious piece which, like the best animation, bordered on the Avant-garde. Reminded me of those *Teen Girl Squad* shorts on homestarrunner.com (primitively drawn on ruled paper) in a good way. The surreal flurry of groupthink under the cartoons and the final duality of *etoecology* (is that a word?) rhymed well. Loved this. ZERO Parable of social status plays its notes heavily; too literal for children's fare. Assume the textural similarity to Shane Acker's 2005 short *9* was intentional, but some wonderful puppets and models, grounded with pro foley/sound editing. If ZERO was commenting on the social treatment of the disabled, deformed or mentally handicapped, I've thankfully never observed that mean spirit going on — beyond the playground. THE LADY AND THE REAPER Technically, this was aces, and felt like a finely crafted 50s short bursting with screwball antics. Timing, holds, fairings, Droste effects, color keys, etc. imbue theatrical professionalism and budget. Story was somewhat safe/predictable, but saved by strict attention to quality. Overall this week = How do you like it, how do you like it? More, more more!
Aug. 25, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST
Only wish it wasn't so obvious that character animation is the part that i spent the least time on!
Aug. 25, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST
And before some people complain that he is not related to film or the "genre" that AICN reports... Neil Armstrong, as an individual, and the Apollo program, in general, are major inspirations for any number of "genre" film-makers and writers. He is a quintessential American hero...and I should probably capitalize that term...Hero! All the more so, due to his modesty and life-time shunning of publicity. Commander Armstrong is the embodiment of the sobriquet...having "The Right Stuff".
Aug. 26, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST
A Man who's name will be remembered as long as long as there are people to do the remembering. Legend really is too small a word in this case.
Aug. 26, 2012, 3:26 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
so thanks to Muldoon and all those animators and animatrixes :) - "Rumbleseat" had superb colours. The characters were a bit wooden as was mentioned above but as a music video this does ok by creating lots of atmosphere. - "Notes on Biology" was the best this week, just fun to watch the creativity unfold! - "Zero" was good from the technical POV, but this kind of animation really deserves a more original story (also there happened nothing with the wool theme; there were some visual gags there waiting in the off). But i followed the link to watch "The Maker" and The Maker really is one beautiful, simple work of art. congratulations! - "The Lady and the Reaper" was nearly as much fun as "Notes on Biology" and had the balls to turn a delicate theme into serious, frame-by-frame-perfectly-timed slapstick without losing the message. My mother-in-law spent 5 years in a coma after being "successfully" reanimated (her pulmonary infarction sadly happened in close vicinity of a hospital) so this short bore a little more meaning for me than most: Thank you!
Aug. 26, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST
Why has AICN become obit central? I can understand an obit for Tony Scott. Neil Armstrong is dead and that's sad but it's got little to do with movies.
Neil Armstrong is not a "geek culture" thing either. He's bigger than that and so I would just not waste time posting an obit on AICN.
Aug. 26, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST
The moon landing is one of the most iconic moments of human history, captured forever thanks to the medium of film. I dare say the moon landing ranks up there with any great film simply for what it represents.
Aug. 26, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST
Well, the whole short started from a single panel comic of Superman cleaning the litterbox and i decided to animate it from there. I suppose it's not funny like Dane Cook funny, or you know, Jeff Foxworthy hilarious, but the notion of Superman having to clean out the kitty litter box after a long day of being a bad-ass is almost Larry-The-Cableguy funny to me.. But no, I didn't put any dick jokes in it, if that's what you mean. Also, in the background of the last shot, Superman's on the cover of Men's Health and his quote is, "I don't even work out..." C'mon, tell me THAT'S not funny.
Aug. 26, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST
Aug. 26, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST
You're a dumbfuck, that's what.
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