This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS Laughs in The Face of Genre Groupings! It's a mix!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here coming to you just hours before Saturday cracks into Sunday with this week's healthy serving of quality shorts. I've been running around downtown Austin all day permit-less and filming like a guerilla madman just begging for a ticket - so sincere apologies for posting so late in the day - not how I like to roll, but this week's been a tad hectic. Anyways, today you have before you another plethora of mixed shorts - no genre theme today - that are just waiting to blow you away. I get it, in this day and age if something doesn't snap you into it in the first 10 seconds it's easy to simply click off it, but this week's got a few gems that pay off quite well if you watch them through. I realize how apologetic that might read, but honestly it's for your benefit (at the risk of sounding pretentious and snobby). Relax a bit and just let the story do it's thing and BAM! all of a sudden you'll be pleasently smacked in the face with some pretty nifty "Didn't see that coming" or "Damn, that was a solid film." Or the flip side is you could hate every single one of these shorts (which if that's the case... no biggy, just don't be an asshole in the talbacks please). Be cool, speak your mind, have some fun checking out (hopefully) new shorts you might not see otherwise, and I just hope you dig what I've dug. I say it every week and I mean it, I'm a legit fan of each short I get to screen here and truly hope people keep shooting them in. It's a blast getting to see so many radically different styles every time I open an email.
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:
It's an ordinary night in a downtown bar. Three priests are enjoying a laugh and a drink. But what's really going on? The clock is ticking. The waitress seems awkward. But they've only got one thing on their mind - one last drink.
Directed by Gabriel Dowrick
EXCES DE CARICATURE
I don't know much about French politics, but I know an interesting experimental flick when I see one and this is it. Might not be for everyone, but I think it's pretty neat and somewhat universal (sadly) of politicians in general.
"It is satirical, messy, strange, funny, and a bit absurd sometimes. The title comes from a 2007 quote of Sarkozy saying that he prefers an excess of caricature to an absence of caricature. The film mixes paper and digital, using various graphic styles, and has no dialog. Even people not hyper aware of French politics should get the idea. More info on the film, the exhibition etc can be found at www.paulpoutre.fr and also on the site of the "Fanzinothèque" (a library devoted to fanzines and independent press), who produced the exhibition : http://www.fanzino.org/evenements/pipo/pipo.html"
This one was shot it with no description. That said, Andrew J. Harris has made a pretty interesting doc about a gym with a lot of history to it.
HER NAME WAS ANNABELLE
Filmmaker Cole McKee and co. made this 43 second short for a local TV station's "43 Second Film Festival" without a budget and in that 43 seconds managed to hook me in. Fun stuff. Creepy stuff.
A man reflects on another failed relationship.
Scifi - Action - Drama
I'm breaking a slight rule of mine - this is the first of an episode of online shorts that all work together. If you dig it, I urge you to check out the rest - if not, no biggy. If you feel like shooting any love at the filmmakers - tweet the guys at @corridordigital. Thanks to Tanner Thomason ("Charlie") for shooting this at me!
"It's called SYNC and it is the story of the world's first computerized human, Undercover Operative Charlie Cooper, and his determination to balance his humanity, violent job, and eventually his challenged immortality. Essentially his consciousness can exist in any 1 of his clone "shells" at a time. The transfer is facilitated by a supercomputer which gets infected by a computer virus, stripping charlie of his infinite lives."
I'll see you all next weekend with some fun shorts!. But hey, if you're in the mood for more SATURDAY SHORTS, click any of the links below:
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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Sept. 16, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST
Both were great
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST
SYNC - nice concept and well made. Although the lighting felt off at times - minor issue. Last Drink - well acted, the close shots bugged me at first. But i realized it was intentional for a certain kinda effect. Ending still worked.
Sept. 16, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST
LAST DRINKS Three domineering weirdos enter a bar and ... enjoyed the reveal/twist! Nice to see the ECU handheld cam actually used for plot strategy instead of the usual-usual. Unfortunately, there's a nagging cheat with the waitresses' smile at the outset. If one of the drinkers were, let's say, applying pressure to a bloody nick on his face (suggesting a prior bar fight), the waitresses' uneasy attitude could have been cloaked from the start. BG music adds a mellow vibe to contrast the uncomfortable dialog and required directorial cues of *intensity*. While a tad overlong, this still felt short & sweet. EXCÈS DE CARICATURE Roundup of Sarkozy's tenure certainly held nothing back, in content or style. Aspects of idolatry, media bombardment, a different personality for different people, imagery of untouchable rule all covered here. Liked the recurring theme of consumption and digestion, as if the political leader's output was a new junk food. That, a fitting dessert for yet another Straussian of the day, helped greatly in Sarkozy's face being made for caricature (or used car sales). Animation technical merits = deliberately n/a. LOPRINZI'S IRON Straightforward doc/advert for the multi-generational workout spot. No standout aspects or moments, but also no quibbles. HER NAME WAS ANNABELLE Widescreen compositions tops, quite artfully framed. While time restriction leaves little room for plotting, piece unites unnerving score and suggestive settings to hold viewer's attention. SYNC (EPISODE I) Fantastic piece of action for this first episode, and solid in every production department. Having skipped through seven episodes, and watched the most recent one, the remaining action sequences display consistently standout work — technically on the level of James Cameron. Lead also seems to have it all: chops, timing, looks, charisma, and built for physical feats and stunts. The *TV headroom* cinematography and *TV banter* dialog do sell this short and, if there was any advice I could give these filmmakers (or any filmmakers for that matter), it would be to not emulate television production. I expect this is merely the beginning for the team, although to take Hollywood by storm they'll need to chill on the ammo and arm themselves with improved writing. Overall this week = High re-watch value!
Sept. 16, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST
by future help
maybe call it EARLY Sunday A.M. Shorts
Sept. 16, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST
by future help
Sept. 16, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST
Sync is pretty fantastic, even though there were a few massive leaps in logic that took me out of it.
Overall fantastic. Great action, lead, and concept outweight some of the supporters bad acting and dumb writing. Also, that bit at the end of episode 4(i think?)?! TERRIFYING!
Sept. 16, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST
Thanks for the kickass suggestion!
Sept. 16, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
"Last Drinks" was good, fell nicely into place and had a cool Tarantino-vibe. Good close-ups. I had the feeling this would develop towards a comical ending, didn't see this coming. "Exces de caricature" didn't impress me, political satire is ok but the animation was sub-par and the satire concentrating on too obvious targets. "Her name was Annabelle": Well, what more could you pack into 43 seconds? Well done, created an atmosphere on very little. "Sync": Professional product. During the first minute or so I was a bit put off by the comical elements but then it started to come together. A kind of live-action comic book, intriguing.
Sept. 17, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST
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