This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS: Comedy Galore!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of short films for your very own viewing pleasures, created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. While I had originally selected a lineup of grisly horror films to feature this weekend, last night I thought long and hard about what I wanted to project this weekend and well, it's comedy. By no means are those horror films any less deserving, but I feel like there's a well deserved tension in the media right now, a constant reminder of the real terror that exists in the world. What film is about is the ability to escape into a story, have your mood changed, then let back out into your reality. In the next few days/weeks/months we will all be bombarded with fear, anger, and frustration. This week's SATURDAY SHORTS is here to give you a bit of a mental vacation. Below are seven damn fine films in my opinion that are well deserving of your time and will put a smile on your face. (Make them full screen, crank the volume up!)
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:
THE INCREDIBLE PARKER BROTHERS
To kick this week off right we have a film from writer-director-producer-editor Toby Morris. "Edward and Cedric Parker are the greatest inventors of all time... History just doesn't know it." Check out the rest of Toby's videos HERE.
A MESSAGE FROM Z.O.M.B.I.E
Here we have a fun, short, bit of laughs from Richard Reynolds and Jordan Morris of Waking Dream Studios. "Have you ever wondered if zombies, or brain ingesting entities, are really as bad as films and TV shows would have you believe? Take a look at our short informational video and learn a little more about the important work of Z.O.M.B.I.E."
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
This short was shot to be by writer Josh Pesner and was directed by Chris Ferrantino and answers the question, "What happens when you use Facebook to learn about your date?" "A potential online match made in heaven goes terribly wrong when each person looks into the other on Facebook."
A fair amount of you might have caught this one a few weeks back as it was posted in the Talkbacks, but not on SATURDAY SHORTS at the time and well - it's kind of awesome. From Martin O'Leary comes this funny bit of sci-fi that is sure to rock your world. "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..." Check out Martin's site, HERE, or follow the man on Twitter with @Strange_Tea.
EVERYBODY LOVES DRAVEN
So next up we have a lovely bit of wtf, the first of a webseries (which I typically don't put up here) that left me laughing and scratching my head at the same time. Writer-Producer Franco Movsesian has taken a familiar format and shoved a character so out of left field (The Crow himself) into the mix and yet it works. Be sure the check out other videos from him HERE.
From Keith Schofield comes this unique short, starring 21 JUMPSTREET and THE WATCH (insanely awesome movie you should watch/rewatch)'s Johnny Pemberton. "A guy goes to a party and doesn't know anyone." If you like what you see, be sure to hit up Keith's site HERE.
To wrap out this week is... Well based on the title, you're probably already aware of where it's going. Starring David Jung, EDWARD BLENDERHANDS tells the story of how a man with blenders for hands can exist in a world where people have hands for hands. Check out the gang's YouTube channel HERE.
I can't help but rewatch that last one over and over... At any rate, ladies and gentlemen I hope you dug this week's selection - I sure did. I'll see you next week, 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. The more info you send my way, the more info there is to put with your short.
Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.
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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Dec. 15, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST
Dec. 15, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST
by future help
maybe its just my fault for even trying to watch some comedy shorts today.?
Dec. 15, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST
by future help
smart commentary on todays time. TOO MUCH INFO TOO FAST
Dec. 15, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
some good smiles this week :) "Kernel Panic" was my favourite, hysterically quick. Reminded me of an early Iain Banks short story about a man and his suit. "The Incredible Parker Brothers" was good too, very charming. "Everybody Loves Draven" - I'm sure I've seen something like this before, maybe in a comic, but very funny nontheless. Superheroes always are cute in soap opera settings, worked for the FF for much of their run in print too. "Getting to Know You": Witty but too predictable for my taste, deserves a better ending. "Party Time", maybe I missed something but didn't find it funny. The "Message from Z.O.M.B.I.E." was fun but again, too predictable. "Edward Blenderhands" finally put a big grin on my face, really nice facial work too - spoof and hommage at the same time.
Dec. 15, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST
That'd be a good one to post for comedy. I had nothing to do with the production, so I'd feel weird submitting it as I have no control over whether or not you have permission to post it (I'm sure they'd have no problem with it though). The dudes that did it are finally starting to blow up a bit and are working with Joss Whedon on some stuff. The short film in question is an absolute masterpiece of absurd comedy. The writer/director Brian wrote it as his thesis film at NYU and received no financial aid or faculty aid in filming. He was almost kicked out of class for insisting on using it as his thesis. It's insanity. Definitely worth checking out.
Dec. 16, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST
THE INCREDIBLE PARKER BROTHERS Fraternal squabble interactive with film's (de)evolution. Actors' timing perfect, adding a vaudeville charm to *This is not a pipe* cinematic self-reference. Sound editing and stereo mix a plus; incorporation of Wright Brothers' flight perhaps a tip-of-the-hat to cinema's Méliès/Lumière origins. A MESSAGE FROM Z.O.M.B.I.E Humanitarian outreach to the living dead — a welcome antidote to zombie genre overkill. GETTING TO KNOW YOU Social networking format creates a front-loaded speed date, its categories becoming the menu for breakup strategy. Astute script helped along by attention to needs of specific edits during production phase. Actors fine; single-mic dialog coverage in reflective spaces only tech issue. KERNEL PANIC What I wrote on Nov. 3: *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!* Additional comment: Laughs hold up well on second viewing, assisted by some rapid-fire jump cuts. EVERYBODY LOVES DRAVEN First thoughts were that this was a social satire of vigilante violence being whitewashed by pop culture's attractions to super heroes (not unlike Juliet Lewis' incest abuse given the sitcom treatment in NATURAL BORN KILLERS). Learning that *Draven* is a web series, and watching another episode, put that theory to bed. Project is an inexpensively-produced genre mashup with parodic aims and, as that, has some clever writing. PARTY TIME Jack Kerouac's title for THE NAKED LUNCH suggested *A frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.* Same here as one becomes the odd man out at a party, left to observe a group intoxicated beyond reality. Using the limited gestures of *The Sims* a smart touch, and lead's straight delivery and eye-lines sell the CG menagerie. Tech-wise, compositing excellent, using subtle frame adjustments to suggest match move artistry. Very droll. Somehow I don't think this had music clearances. EDWARD BLENDERHANDS Energetic spoof of Tim Burton movie retains its message that limitations can be a gift. Production level ambitious for this kind of thing. Overall this week = Laugh-o-meter in the green! Off program : EAGLES ARE TURNING PEOPLE INTO HORSES Spoof taps tropes of the American know-how action genre, suggesting that embedding patriotism in such movies (the eagle), ironically instills obedience (the horse). Young cast fully embrace the proceedings, substituting high-tech gadgets for household objects, while genre-specific music cues keep the wackiness in check. Confident.
Dec. 16, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST
by John Walker
And when you read it you'll know the name and what it stands for.
Dec. 16, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST
I haven't, but I'll definitely be seeking it out if it's half as good as you say it is. Thanks for the heads up!
Dec. 16, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST
Keep it going Muldoon!
Dec. 16, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST
Awesome! It may help to try a couple of their youtube shorts first to get a feel for their humor. Eagles is very much these two guys firing on all of their comedic cylinders.
Dec. 16, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST
well....all these posts lately don't really matter (old news in general) but WHERE ARE THE BEHIND THE SCENES PICS?????? haven't seen one for quite some time and that's the only thing really worthwhile on this site
Dec. 16, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST
Would you check out a once a week post wherein a person is interviewed who typically isn't? I mean, we see directors/big movie star folks interviewed all the time on all sorts of sites/magazines when studios find it convenient, but how about production designers/spefx makeup artists/location scouts? I have absolutely zero control over Quint's BTS and think he's really shown an insane amount of great images. I'm just getting a feeler. Since you picked this talkback to ask, I'm turning it back around - Personally I'd be more than interested, but my opinion doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Would you read it if it were here? I'm every bit as hungry for this stuff as I'm hoping you guys/gals are. I just simply don't want to kick something off where there's absolutely no interest.
Dec. 17, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST
Once a week may dry up the well of potential interviewees quickly, but it could be an interesting feature. The biggest hurdle is that film production has become so digital (whether working in production management, sound, lighting, VFX, etc.) the sophisticated and customized software is difficult for laymen to appreciate, or quickly understand. A good example is the magazine CINEFEX, which used to be stuffed with interviews covering almost every aspect of manual labor involved in VFX production in great length. Now, CINEFEX is loaded with ads, their interviewees more inclined to say, *We used this for this, and that for that*. So, I would guess that an online version of in-depth, hands-on *this is how we do it* subjects would be embraced. This might be the kind of thing that requires video, in the instance of lighting, set dressing, grip work, makeup or practical SFX. While I know how most departments operate, and their functions in the overall production, what is always interesting is learned professional advice and anecdotes from film veterans in whichever field. This could also be an outlet for particular behind-the-scenes pros to finally have an opportunity to talk about their own history as related to particular films, for readers not interested in the hands-on or technical aspects. If you give the column a name, and post interviews with *cool* film pros as they happen, *If you build it, they will come*, I think. Perhaps having each post end with an outreach for questions to pose to the next interview, so it's more interactive with certain fans who may be dying to pick the brain of particular pros. Maybe create a tab sheet or graph at the end of the article which lists every conceivable film production role, highlighting each as they are covered. That could finally become a clickable index of all film production roles, and you might eventually get pros contacting you to be in the final *AICN film production bible*. Just my $0.02.
Dec. 17, 2012, 2:58 a.m. CST
Very fine points. Thanks for your thoughts!
Dec. 17, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST
Funny or die is funny 1 out of 10 times. The rest of the time they confuse horrific morbidity with humor. I call them Funny you Died
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