Care for some Goofy Comedy? This week's SATURDAY SHORTS has you covered!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, your pal Muldoon here with this week's cut of kickass shorts for your viewing pleasures created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. I get all sorts of shorts submitted to this fest here, everything from big budget movie star filled action flicks down to low budget puppet filled action flicks... I mean I get all sorts of stuff and I try my best to group them in lovely little genre chunks so you know what you're getting into when you click on the title from the main page. Even just in the spectrum of comedy, you get all sorts of things that are completely different tonally - from dark humor, to knock-knock jokes, to fart jokes and yet they all seem to get you to giggle. Today you'll see examples of each, ranging from some highbrow humor all the way down to "WTF is this?!?! I don't know, but I can't look away" kind of fun. One thing's for sure, the filmmakers dumped a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (possibly?) into each short below, so I'm sure if you've got comments - they'd love to hear it, just don't be an asshole. Before we get into the funny, I've got a horror short I want you guys and gals to check out. Yes, "But Muldoon... it doesn't fit the comedy theme!!!" It's cool, just go with it.
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:
(Again - This is Not a Comedy)
"So ghosts, seances, spooky things that go bump in the night, been there done that, right"? Zach Beckler's short, SEANCE, will walk up and smack the cynicism right off you with his creepy small tale of film. "Sensing that the place they just moved in is haunted, an expecting young couple host a séance party to cast the spirit out. However, things don’t go quite as expected and, instead, something awakens in them." If you dig what you see, Beckler's expanding the hell out of this into a feature called INTERIOR and you can help kickstart that project HERE. At any rate - give the short a shot.
Spooky stuff, eh? Let's change gears and get into our comedic groove with DINNER WITH RAPHAEL!
DINNER WITH RAPHAEL
So here we have this week's first bit of hilarity from director Joey Boukadakis. It's got things I just can't help but love, beautiful ladies (Dianna Agron: Check), an iconic Office Space guy (Richard Riehle: Check), a taste of nostalgia with "Donkeylips" himself, Mr. Michael Ray Bower, and a freaking Ninja Turtle... It's got great ingredients, mixed properly and set on a slow burn - I can dig it.
"It's a comedy about a guy who brings his girlfriend home to meet his family for the first time, including his brother who thinks he's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle."
Here at Saturday Shorts, I'm shot in a ton of shorts that were made in 48 hours and honestly oddly enough I've found some incredible gems and have posted them before - something about the raw -"this is what you get when you don't second guess yourself, because you just don't have the time" seems to work, though it's typically either a comedy or a horror and that's exaclty what this next one was.
FELT was made in 48 hours with a budget of $250 smackers, "including pizza," and comes to us from Goatdog Productions by way of Matt McVay. The film's got a space ship, puppets, and... another puppet. It's just fun.
JORDAN AND QUINN
This next one is more of a meal consisting of pure candy, with different servings of sugar filled fun that culminate to a dessert so sweet you'll develop cavities just thinking about it. Does the production value in this one make you feel like Tom Cruise could have a cameo at any moment? No, not really - but it's fun and I found myself laughing quite a bit with it and hope you folks do too. Thanks, Jordan VanDina for shooting it at me!
"In a world stifled by rules and limitations, watch Jordan and Quinn naively shatter the laws of logic as they experiment with X-ray glasses, battle for their lives in a game of basketball, or try to escape their past as members of a prison chain gang, all while trying to pay their rent!"
Up next is something I'm still scratching my head about,"Two sisters engage in a pillow fight that turns epic." Directed by Chris R Wilson Written and produced by Hollie Olson, this story has left me asking "So, when are we getting a sequel?"
Last up for this week, though certainly not least is Ian Smithered's FINE FELLOWS, an amalgamation of WTF. Super heroes! I love each of these bizarre characters and chuckled quite a bit. I believe Ian's turning this into a web series, so be sure to follow the FINE FELLOWS vimeo channel if you dig what he's put together!
I hope you fine folk dug one, two, three, or really all of this week's shorts. I'll see you this time next week with something other than comedy - possibly shoot off the genre you guys/gals would like to see in the Talkbacks and we can make it happen. Thanks for reading/watching and if you feel like checking out 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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Oct. 6, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST
Oct. 6, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST
Promising start. Characters are introduced, motivations are explored, and relationships established. Hot Girl in Blue Undies is clearly a mentor figure to Hot Girl in Yellow Undies, yet Hot Girl in Yellow Undies bristles from a perceived lack of respect. This is a textbook example of efficient characterization. The stakes are established, and the plot is driven forward. Unfortunately, here is where things begin to fall apart. As is often the case with young filmmakers, the characters take a back seat to the events they are caught up in. Worse yet, we never learn the resolution to the primary conflict! Did Hot Girl In Yellow Undies ever get the makeup she wanted? We never find out, and the overall impression is of hollow spectacle encasing a less than satisfying narrative. This could have been so much more, and I think the critics will ultimately remember this feeling of disappointment during award season. Here's hoping for a director's cut on the DVD release!
Oct. 6, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST
Oct. 6, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST
SÉANCE Effective. Enjoyed the light touch for the establishing moments where the well-knit cast penciled-in their characterizations. Candlelight effect during séance looked like a switch for an overhead light being toggled on-and-off, though. Ghostly sound effects suitably subtle, and unresolved ending felt right. DINNER WITH RAPHAEL Funny statement on the black sheep of the family and geekdom, rolled into one. Actor playing ‘Raphael’ fully committed (or seemed ready-to-be). Lighting and cinematography crisp; only tech quibble was that the single-mic coverage and room tone were imbalanced for the dinner segment. Well-cast. FELT Sequel to last week’s, THE EVIL, WHAT CAME AT MIDNIGHT. This was too off-the-wall to engage in, even as a zany comedy (a gag reel for this could have been funnier), but at least it didn’t overextend its welcome. That VFX, models, puppets and such could be produced in 48 hours was a feat. JORDAN AND QUINN While a brute force fusing of comedy team sketches and improvs, it’s all in the timing, and a sense of timing is a mark of genius. I thought this was a riot. Tech credentials = n/a. PILLOW FIGHT This needed more character setup on the front-end, as the immediate switch to wall-to-wall gymnastics left the fight ultimately seeming senseless. That said, impressive battle choreography and *Toys-R-Us* art direction. This definitely took a lot of time to plan and execute on the production side; just wish it was more of a commentary on the Barbie myth, children in makeup or had some darker subtext. FINE FELLOWS Tuned out of this quickly, as all characters personified by more or less the same mugging, bug-eyes, wild eyebrow movements and almost sounded looped by the same person. Trying hard to find a bright spot, here…the inter-sketch transitions were fine. Overall this week = Decidedly mixed!
Oct. 7, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST
Prove you don't need great production value if you have the right content. In this case - jokes
Oct. 7, 2012, 2:12 a.m. CST
I can't help but agree. The hand over eye gag is slightly genius. I love it. @JustMyLuck - you're awesome.
Oct. 7, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
"Séance" was well played and had good atmosphere. I'm not into Horror but that has real potential, good luck to you guys. "Dinner with Raphael" and "Pillow Fight" were similar in that they blew up a single-edge joke to overlength; both were well executed though. "Fine Fellows" had a bit of the same problem plus timing issues even if some gags were really nice. I liked the Monty-Python atmosphere, I see potential here too. "Felt" was ok but had little tension; sometimes it's astonishing what those guys manage in 48h. "Jordan and Quinn" was easily the best this week, they got good timing and nice chemistry and a bunch of surprising and funny gags. Very enjoyable, looking forward to see more of them!
Oct. 7, 2012, 5:05 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
... and I warmly approve the use of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum!
Oct. 7, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST
A good batch this week; thought Fine Fellows has a lot of laugh out loud moments and a great setup. Characters very good and I loved the camaraderie, lots of potential. Pillow Fight is a music video hit in the making and I also thought Dinner With Raphael was funny and really well performed. good stuff
Oct. 7, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST
I liked Jordan and Quinn as well, but I think Fine Fellows takes this for me this week. Daft shit that's right up my street, proper gags not trying to be clever-clever, just FUNNY stuff combined with atmosphere. Reminds me of Father Ted in the feel of it, that kind of idiots-in-a-house-on-a-mission sort of thing. Good efforts by all this week.
Oct. 10, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST
FINE`FELLOWS...clearly`far`superior`in`every way`wacky`wit`with`warmth`and`vastly`funny.`The`potential`for`this`thing`is`endless!`reminded`me`of`chuck`jones/tex`avery`visual`candy`with`slightly`sinister`sharp`humor`the`cutting`is`flawless`and`the`angles`of`the`shots`kinda`remained`me`of`a`hammer`horror...mixed`with`a`1980s`cocktail=loved`it!...someone`give`this`guy`smitherd`funding!!! BRAVO
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