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This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS Features Mind Blowing SCI FI!!!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's lineup of some damn fine shorts. This week (in case you missed the title) features a hefty amount of raw science fiction films created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. I've got myself a sweet tooth for good sci/fi and if you're like me, then you're about to get cavity-ed up with this week's selection. I truly do feel this is one of the strongest SATURDAY SHORTS I've been able to put together in a good while, with gem after gem after gem of shorts that knocked me off my feet on some way or another. We've got robots, alternate universes, future worlds, and high tech weaponry awaiting your viewing pleasures. I implore you to get each of the films below a little bit of your time. If any of them stand out to you or if you're not 100% satisfied with this week's line up, shoot your mouth off in the Talk Backs below and let's hear your thoughts. (Just don't be an asshole.) This is definitely a "full screen/volume up/give it all your attention" kind of SATURDAY SHORTS.

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:

DRONE

TRT: (Four "episodes" roughly six minutes a piece)

I don't typically feature webisodes or serialized content here, but with DRONE I was just taken aback at how well crafted the thing is and to be quite honest, I feel it's a short that's cut into four episodes - so we're good. Below you will find all four episodes sent in by filmmaker Robert Glickert. DRONE  "features a robot that was designed by Ben Mauro and Long Ouyang from Weta, and stars Lance Reddick from Fringe / The Wire."

 

AGAINST THE WALL

TRT: 10:12

And here we have Jeff Haber's dive into future games. He's built a strong and believable world/universe in this that feels pretty damn original. I really dig it and hope you do too!

 

GEAR SCHOOL

TRT: 8:40

This next one comes to us from Barcelona Spain from BAMF PRODUCCIONES and Edu Quindós. It's based on the comic "Gear School" from by Dark Horse, written by Adam Gallardo with illustrations from Estudio Fenix. It's an adaptation and while I've never read the comic, I think the short is something fierce.

 

JAKE

TRT: 6:58

Up next is a short from Luke Armstrong, a vfx artist who's worked on a fair amount of vfx heavy flicks like JOHN CARTER and WORLD WAR Z. Luke is turning this short into a full-fledged feature, so if you like what you see - give his website a glance.
 
"The short film tells the story of a an army technician (CBBC's Michael Absalom) who is involved in the inception of a new plasma based weapon - capable of immense damage. In order to prevent a catastrophe, he sets out to destroy it. A battle ensues, between elements of the British army and Jake. Meanwhile, Jake's long term partner, Kristen is caught in the middle.
 
Produced on a shoestring budget of just £200 from donations, we used everything we could get our hands on to make this film a reality."
 
 
 

THE SECRET NUMBER

TRT: 15:32

This next short comes to us from a group of SCAD filmmakers, and it's nothing short of freaking awesome. The film's producer, Frank Ponce, shot this one in back in June, so I'm glad to fianlly get to screen it with you ladies and gents.

"Dr. Tomlin, a psychiatrist, has a disturbing conversation with one of his patients – a brilliant number theorist hell-bent on proving the existence of “bleem,” a secret integer between three and four.

Absurd as it may be, Tomlin can't shake the idea. After a particularly troubling psychiatric session, Tomlin begins to dig deeper into the nature of his patient's delusion - but only uncovers more questions. When the mathematician mysteriously disappears from the hospital, Tomlin rushes into the hospital to behold a final message -- confirming his hunch that their fates are deeply entwined."

 

BUSINESS AS USUAL

TRT: 4:04

And to round out this weekend's shorts is a gorgeously rich animated science fiction musical film sent to us by Kevin Kurytnik. "Business as Usual is an animated calaveras to the people of Earth, a darkly comic look at life in the city in the year 2110."

Business As Usual from Fifteen Pound Pink Productions on Vimeo.

And that's it this week ladies and gents. I'll be seeing you fine folks next week, but wait - what's that? You want more shorts? Bam! Got you covered, click on any of the links below to be transported to a magical world of badass shorts:

Genre Explosions

Mixed Genre Bag

Mixed Bag

Horror/SciFi

Comedy

Mixed Bag

Horror

Genre Mix

Mixed Bag

Mix

Drama/Thriller

Mixed Bag

Comedy

Animated

Horror/SciFi

Comedy

Mixed Genre Bag

Drama

SciFi

Horror

SciFi

Animated

Supernatural Goodness

Comedy

SciFi Explosions With Aliens

Comedy

Mixed Bag

Science Fiction

Creature Features

Drama

Animation Craziness

Mixed bag of Awesome

Dark Comedy Extravaganza

Random Bits of Fun

Comedy (Mainly Black Comedy)

Damn Fine Horror

Goofy Comedy Laughsplosion

Drama

Genre-Fest

Horror

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

"Muldoon"

Mike@aintitcool.com

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  • Nov. 3, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Captain Panaka Gouged His Other Eye Out...

    by BNITT

    ...samurai style, in honor of the Star Wars VII announcement. Now he really is a cynical bastard cause he can't see Padme's camel toe.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    saw this mindbending zombie short the other day

    by tHEgREATgABBO

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v68KuEqCfJA&feature=plcp

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Britt, did i miss something?????????

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

    when did Captain Panaka lose an eye??

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Business As Usual

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    So, that last shot....Is Kurytnik suggesting that a chunk of the moon came loose and wound up in one of Earth's oceans, causing planet-wide flooding by displacing enough water that it far outstripped any of the predictions for sea-level rising due to global warming ? Hmmmm.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Should have gotten Tom Cruise.

    by gruemanlives

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    If you like sci-fi with a satirical twist...

    by Strange Tea

    ...you could try out my film, KERNEL PANIC, right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxZgsdh-ac&hd=1 Let me know what you think guys!

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    RE Kernel Panic

    by Strange Tea

    I should have included a synopsis... d'oh.. Death or download! Brianna Weald. Pan galactic freelancer. Reluctant adventurer. A captain without a ship, a woman in trouble... Lost in space, captured in a gravity well and trapped inside a malfunctioning space suit, our consummate profanitist finds herself burying old grievances, shedding her suspicions and ejecting reservations in order to save her life. For on a hard drive, far far away, within the depths of the Heart Corporation's planet sized data-centres, lurks the newly improved saviour-ware that is VERSION 10. It's time for an upgrade... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxZgsdh-ac&hd=1 Hope you like it!

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Business As Usual is pro!

    by Jason

    Quite brilliant. Great acting and beautifully directed.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    SATURDAY SHORTS — aka — Visions of future past!

    by justmyluck

    DRONE (EP 1-4) TERMINATOR-like prologue, and man in suit *doing the robot*, decidedly retro — even kicking off with ROBOCOP's *prime directives* (establishing drone's *upgrade* to same in final chapter). Action seems derived from first person shooter video games and, for Sci-Fi, heavily-played plotting leaves little to the imagination. Highly active stereo sound editing & mix a plus, with stunt work, cinematography and VFX having all the pro technical merits of an L.A. television production. While dark morality of drone assassinations dropped for story of robot with a pulse, it's comforting to know Dell monitors, USB drives and Bluetooth headsets won't be antiques by 2023! @Muldoon: director: Robert Glickert (not Glicket). AGAINST THE WALL @dasher posted a link to this in the 5/19/12 TB — my thoughts then — **TRON meets ARKANOID. Difficult to ascertain whether the couple were imprisoned, and I was expecting something along the lines of, "You will be set free in ten years, five years..." as the player cleared each level. Hence, lacked tension regarding the game, and motivation for the player. CG extensions, sky replacements, etc. are okay.** GEAR SCHOOL Animé influence of teens piloting mecha confirmed during end credits. Post-synced dialog/sound and soft CG VFX a drawback, but limited production design and art direction are okay. First time I've seen a helicopter plate in a short here, I think. As a kick-starter for a series, appears to be light fare aimed at kids/teens and should suffice for that demo. JAKE Production shows handmade grit, with action lensing clearly owing to the modern BOURNE mode (plasma gun appears more military that Sc-Fi). Fourth wall breaks for opening expositions unnecessary, undoing mystery potential. Seeing more of these *director-as-VFX-lead* projects around so, as a reel or first part of an indie action series, this did the job fine with limited means. THE SECRET NUMBER Parallel time-space tale requires a re-watch (and is tight in that regard), though madness/genius mono-digit obsession seems borrowed from THE NUMBER 23. Like the creation of the wheel, re-thinking of existing materials enabled travel — sci-fi here suggests re-thinking thought itself might do the same. Opening shot fantastic, and slowly roving camerawork has a quality cinematic feel. Well-directed performances attuned to script requirements. This college production gets an A+. BUSINESS AS USUAL Submerged NYC zombie metropolis, and their musical aspirations, well-rendered by students using 2D compositing methods. Surreal mix of Busby Berkeley choreography and aquatic Armageddon was, um..., unique. Overall this week = Hyperspace! [will try to get to the TB-linked shorts over the weekend]

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    re: THE SECRET NUMBER

    by justmyluck

    Seems the source short story was written before THE NUMBER 23 was filmed, so nix my *borrowed* comment.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I love SF

    by Industrious Angel

    and this week's shorts were gorgeous too! "Drone" was fantastic - professional work on all levels. The story was not particularily new but that didn't matter much. "Against the Wall" was good too, had this old Tron feeling but with a bit of 1984 grownuppishness, nice! "Gear School" - I don't know the comic but the idea sounds like fun; mediocre acting and awful cgi pulled this down a bit. "Jake" was ok, very good action shots. "The Secret Number" was very good on all levels + story, the setup reminds me a bit of "Door Number Three". "Business as Usual" was cool and pretty, nice that people still care about 2D animation! Had a very good time with your shorts this week - thank you Muldoon!

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Kind of tactless

    by NoahTall

    Choosing to show a short about New York being under water when a large section of said city is still recovering from being under water.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The Secret Number...

    by AMchannelEpicwish@Youtube

    Admired it's production value and performances. Felt the pacing was a bit slow. GEAR SCHOOL - Looped dialogue and cheesy CG ruined it for me. JAke - was okay. Don't care for the Bourne style action but I get with a limited budget that's the style best suited for this. Plasma gun didn't seem that devastating either.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    noahtall .....

    by Holeman

    Just......just shut up. It's a cartoon. I swear, ninnies like you must do nothing but sit in the dark and store up righteous indignation in case there's ever a disaster or tragedy.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    KERNEL PANIC

    by justmyluck

    Some big laughs with frequently hilarious dialog and delivery. Forced marriage of cosmic escape sequence and trying to activate Windows, with an unsuccessful switch to Ubuntu. Polished VFX help sell comedic crisis, rounding off this week's selection!

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    The drone looks pretty cool - better than the new robocop

    by John Brennick

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Justmyluck

    by Strange Tea

    Thanks justmyluck. Glad you liked it!

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Jeff

    Excellent shorts! I really enjoyed all of them. My compliments to the filmmakers. "Drone" was the highest budget film here, obviously, but it didn't falter on ideas or dialogue. A very compelling story, especially with high-tech, network-centric warfare bringing what it soon will bring to our reality. And "The Secret Number"... what a trippy, kind of unsettling film. A story like this always gets me thinking: are our brains, because of how they're designed, missing basic bits of information? A very interesting, thought-provoking little film. Thanks, Muldoon! Keep 'em comin'.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    one,two,three,bleem, four...

    by TheMachinist

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Drone very cool

    by jj9126

    Hope they do another season.