This Week's SATURDAY SHORTS: A Sci-Fi Extravaganza of Greatness!
Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's selection of short films, shot in (emailed/submitted/sent in) by the filmmakers themselves for your viewing pleasures. I hope you folks had (are still having?) a great holiday season and got everything you could have asked for, but what's that? - "Muldoon, I just wanted to watch a bunch of badass scifi shorts and didn't get to do that yet!" Hey! Sounds great, that's why I'm here. Seriously, I really dig this week's lineup and hope you do too. Some are a little flashy while others are more of high concept, but all are pretty cool in my book. A few have been sitting in my inbox for a few weeks now, so I'm pretty stoked to get to finally screen them. Get ready to have some fun - Turn the volume up and Full Screen these guys!
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:
Sean Wilson is kicking this week of with a big bright bang. 88:88 feels pretty intimate with dealing with pretty insane situations/experiences. There's an art here and an attention to detail that's got me anxious to see what else Wilson's got up his sleeve. "Val has lost control of her life. Those around her deny the reality of the extraordinary experiences she feels powerless against. Realizing she must stand alone, she has only one remaining option - to find a way to fight back" Be sure to hit up the film's website.http://8888film.com.
Thanks to producer Kyle McIntyre for shooting in his film with director Eric Demeusy. It's a relatively trippy film that shows a beautiful world with its own rules. "An Android named 3113 crash lands on a mysterious planet during a routine rescue mission. 3113 must now push beyond it's mechanical anatomy, bear the harsh elements of space, and at the same time decipher the strange occurrences in which seem to guide the Android on its path. 3113 is a visual film in which explores the ideas of parallel and unexplored universes, survival, and pushing beyond what is imaginable in order to succeed." Be sure to check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@3113movie) if you like what you see.
So this next film is a post apocalyptic short that feels unique to me. Submitted by Cameron McHarg, it's written/directed by Daniel Freedman.
From the talent-filled treasure chest of the London 48 Hour Film Challenge, we have another excellent film, this time from director James Sharpe. "A man wakes to find himself on life support. In this future life support is a symbiotic relationship with an experienced cyborg aid. Can the man accept his new life and can the humanoid control her most awkward patient." Be sure to check out James's website for more info on the guy.
Submitted by writer Steven Stubbs, near future is a rather bizarre film. Steven describes it as "meditative," which quite honestly is the best term for the piece. It's beautifully shot, eloquent, and indeed is... meditative. " In the near future, humans and robots will fall in love. As with all relationships between sentient beings - some will flourish and sustain, whilst others will wither and die. A brave new world of romance awaits us - but the intangible mysteries of love will always remain."
New Year's Bonus Film: WHO'S THERE?
While I'm not 200% sure this next short fits with the scifi madness for this week, this next one could be quite possibly the most topical posting of a short I've had in a good while. From Brian O'Neill comes a film about a conspiracy theorist who comes a tiny "too close to the sun." If you like what you see, hit up the film's Facebook Page.
That's all for this week ladies and gents. I'll see you next week with a healthy serving of kickass shorts. (Still not sure what genre/style - thoughts?). I hope you enjoyed what was screened this week, I sure did. But hey, be sure to check out past SATURDAY SHORTS 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. 29, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST
Dec. 29, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST
by Gary Makin
Dec. 29, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST
by Gary Makin
Dec. 29, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST
Still no obit. What's up with that?
Dec. 29, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST
Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson Gerry Anderson
On SyFy geek column? Obviously we are asking too much!!
Dec. 29, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST
For those that don't know: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-20845407
Dec. 29, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST
Thanks Seph_J for alerting me to Gerry's passing. Death is an unfortunate part of life. As you can tell, I simply don't feel qualified to adequately pay respects to such an icon - a loss of words indeed.
Dec. 29, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST
i like the scifi ones ive seen here. some good shorts came out the british events ( make a film in 24 hours? 48? something like that). zombies, time travel, giving these a look.
Dec. 29, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST
The name Gerry Anderson means an awful lot to a number of generations over here in the UK. Shows like Thunderbirds and Stingray were wildly popular and were true labours of love. The guys who put those shows together were truly skilled and talented filmmakers. Any episode of Thunderbirds stands up against some of the best action films ever made. I think a large number of AICN readers would really appreciate an obit talkback to discuss Anderson's work..even if it's just a simple one with a few clips and a brief bio. How can we make this happen?
Dec. 29, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST
Many thanks for that. I'm sure that others will appreciate it as much as I do. Thanks again!
Dec. 29, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST
midget or pedo? couldnt even tell.
Dec. 29, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST
It's being called the next game changer
Dec. 29, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST
For spunking on. So it has that going for it I guess. Also - needs more lens flare!
Dec. 29, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST
Dec. 29, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST
Dec. 29, 2012, 6 p.m. CST
Dec. 29, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST
Interesting setup, but could have gone a bit further with things. I liked how it feels like the start of a story following the man, but really then becomes a reveal for this wandering woman in a dark cowl. I could see this being the opening scene to a longer piece or web series following the post apocalyptic exploits of the woman. Cinematography and effects were well done. It felt cinematic.
Dec. 30, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST
Not really much of a story to it, but it was interesting. The mystery of it drew me in and kept my attention. I'd love to see the further adventures of the robot and the weird cartoonish alien rabbit dude. Also, in a way I thought this felt like the setup to a video game. That would be fun... play as the stranded robot in one world/dimension, and switch to the big-eyed rabbit-ear alien in another dimension. Maybe it is some sort of action/platformer that has the player unlock certain things in one dimension, which then allows the character in the opposite dimension progress to a new area?
Dec. 30, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST
88:88 Tale of psychiatric patient's determination to gather abduction evidence did the job without sensationalism. Naturalistic tone of first half, revealing well thought-out details of bed bracing and door trap, was absorbing. Second half's supernatural aspects handled effectively using washed-out visuals and limited view of predator. After lead's *I need you to see something* phone call, while looking calmly out the window, I was expecting the other shoe to drop with a shot of excessive supernatural evidence remaining outside the home. Strong on the tech side, especially sound. @Muldoon: director is Joey Ciccoline 3113 Had a difficult time parsing the story of this director-as-VFX-artist project. Assumed an android's mission to rescue endangered species was cut short by collision and crash landing, but saved by an inter-dimensional being with powers of resurrection. As a VFX reel, CG imagery is detailed, diverse and creative, though inter-dimensional key-master creature resembles bunny rabbit suit in some shots. Confused as to why android is firing laser-blasts at trees, and the role of floating rocks and gems — perhaps directional cues to videogame-like portals for the lone android's salvation? Palindrome titling *3113*, and bold scoring, a plus. FRONTIER Bleak battle to the death for water on oil ravaged, post future war, coastline. Gritty, contrasty grade and well-integrated VFX match tone of story action; two-act plot leaves short feeling unresolved. ENDLESS DEPARTURES 48-hour Sci-Fi project evocative of the co-dependence between patient and nurse for rehabilitation, palliative care or Euthanasia. Gentle piano score and diffuse lighting crutch performances, which are a bit soft. USB *transfusion* seemed tacked-on for Sci-Fi creds, as does patient's unexplained survivor situation and loss of partner as dramatic *scenery*. NEAR FUTURE A lone man faces his techno-mortality. Is this about human life being usurped by robotics. where the physical body is replaced by technology, which will eventually erode and must be replaced again? Silent, conceptual subjects like this allow your mind fill-in the blanks. Blown-out, flared imagery make robot compositing and match-moving seamless, though CG robot itself lacks required photorealism. Uncredited score is appropriately solemn. Some early shots appear to be post-filtered to anaglyph 3D. WHO'S THERE? There are no government conspiracies, just millions of secrets (classified documents) contained for *the greater good* — AND DON'T ASK WHY. Lead's unassuming disposition fits alienated role, though some BG SFX would have been welcome padding for reams of dialog delivery in the silent room. Spherical Santa snow-globe ornament bookends theme of illusory puppetmasters, as does art direction's depiction of *uppity* computer whiz being isolated as a *loner* for easy disposal by his remaining *friends*. Familiar trappings of conspiracy nut fare telegraphs where this story is going after a few minutes, however Guy Fawkes mask and fireworks a nice nod to V FOR VENDETTA. Overall this week = *Lit, shot & chopped*! AND A BIG THANKS TO MULDOON FOR A YEAR OF EXCEPTIONAL SHORT FILMS!
Dec. 30, 2012, 4:21 a.m. CST
The aliens have the technology to get to Earth but are thwarted by a few chains and a Home Alone style booby trap? Riiiight.
Dec. 30, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST
by Industrious Angel
Thanks Muldoon! "88:88" was ok, reminded me a lot of 80s horror. Nice actress with a determined look :), and good editing. "3113" looked like the trailer for a console adventure, did nothing for me. Demo reel? "Frontier" was ok but in what way was it unique? "Endless Departures" was well acted but not really SF i thought. "Near Future" reminds me of psychedelic 70s films, nice use of overlighting. Didn't try to tell a story which was ok but shouldn't last longer. The Robot looked a bit too toylike. "Who's there": Bad acting, and while I'm not much into political correctness, making fun of nuts is always a bit edgy and bad taste. No real favourite this week for me.
Dec. 30, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST
88:88 - 7 minutes of setup with a weak payoff. it was well shot though. 3113 - CG reel more then anything else. Frontier - another exercise in CG and tone with no story. Endless Departures - well acted and nice cinematography. USB gag was a distractingly funny.
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