Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's fun lineup of fun short films I think you ought to check out! As the bulk of you out there are aware, AICN readers will sporadically send me their short film projects and once a week I'll post a handful that I find exceptionally cool or interesting. This week is nothing different, it's filled with pure short film awesomeness. We've got artificial intelligence, real intelligence, awesome gaillo love, and a pretty fun animated piece. And hey, if you find yourself watching these shorts and thinking "Hizzah, I could do much better! I'm sitting on a mountain of shorts I've done that are better than these!" First, no need to be negative. Second, send that stuff my way! I'm always on the look out for new filmmakers with new takes on things and interesting visions. Just keep making things you believe in and be sure to send them my way!
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:
Bam! Pow! Snaps! Let's kick this shindig off well, in a true Saturday morning fashion - with a kickass animated film from Luke Freitag. The animation feels right, like a show I could get into (if it's made in Flash, I can't tell - this thing looks great). "A young farm boy is abducted by aliens and has to dance battle for Earth's survival." Check out Luke's website, it's full of great stuff!
Gear shift time. Now let's dig into some pretty trippy territory, the birth of artificial intelligence! From Paul Leeming we have a damn slick looking short with a little bit to chew on. "Would you recognise the birth of artificial intelligence? At the dawn of a new era one human being faces a decision which could change our understanding of humanity forever. Starring Celeste Paterno and Maja Meschitschek, "Birth" is the second film in Paul Leeming's robot trilogy, capturing a starkly plausible vision of the near future."
I AM BECOME DEATH
So the atomic bomb, pretty gnarly stuff that changed the world. David McCracken's created a pretty interesting time travel short that's sure to rock your world. "Dr. Robert Oppenheimer travels back in time to stop himself from creating the atomic bomb." Be sure to check out David's website if you're curious about his other projects!
IN A DREAM
Here's an interesting short from Jesus Diez and Dan Matley about a guy who's won the lottery twice in a row, yet still doesn't seem fulfilled... "Famous for winning the lottery twice, behind closed doors Jack is clearly a loser. After years of keeping his secret to himself, he decides to reveal all by inviting his personal female escort into his dreams allowing her to see what Jack really wants in life."
A BLOODY SHADE OF RED
Hot damn is this a fun film to end the week on! I get sent "grindhouse" trailers quite a bit and to be honest, the bulk of them are shot like a modern film, then have filters slapped on. That's totally not the case here. This film is spot on, perfectly executed love letter to gaillo. It's perfect and I can't wait for you guys to check it out! John Keefer knocks it out of the park with this one. "From 51Deep Productions - A killer is on the loose! Can the intrepid Inspector and the smarmy Detective solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Murder! Madness! Sexy Mayhem! All in the Giallo style you love so much. Feast your eyes on the improbable thrills of "A Bloody Shade of Red""
That's it for this week ladies and gents! I'll catch you fine folk back here next week with another handful of kickass shorts from all over the world! Keep making cool stuff!
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?
BY THE WAY: If you've had a short featured here, that means that I personally am a fan of your work, so feel free to shoot me any kind of news on new projects/films/whatever. I can't say I'll be able to help or in what capacity, but I'm interested in your work and am always down to see more! (Keep making cool stuff, everyone!)
- Mike McCutchen