Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with my first SATURDAY SHORTS of 2017. (Totally aware it's Sunday). I hope you fine folks have all had an insanely kickass holiday season regardless of what your beliefs are. It's a lovely time of year and an excuse for most of us to take off some time from work. Lots of travel and lots of friends have populated my last few weeks. In fact, I'm currently in the Seattle area at the moment (hence, no SATURDAY SHORTS on SATURDAY.) Whatever your plans have been, hopefully they've included a few trips to the movies. Today we've got a slick lineup of shorts you could only have seen on the big screen had you attended a film fest. Fortunately for us, we've got our own little film fest with SATURDAY SHORTS. So kick your feet up, turn up the heat, and get ready for about an hour and a half of solid fun!
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:
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL GOES HORRIBLY WRONG
The funny folks at XVP Comedy have our first short of the day, a fun parody of Rankin Bass's holiday classics. "A Christmas narrator begins to tell an enchanting holiday tale but then... something HORRIBLE happens." Check out more of Sam Martin and Patrick De Nicola's work over on their XVP Comedy Channel!
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
In order to keep this Christmas Death train chugging, let's check out Justin McConnell and Serena Whitney's hell of a holiday good time! "During the Christmas season, two sisters throw a house party, unaware that a deadly invader will be crashing the proceedings." The short makes a few twists and turns that I honestly didn't see coming. Without saying much, (truly) this feels like a an episode of BLACK MIRROR or at least in the same spirit. To see more what the filmmakers are up to, check out the Unstable Ground site or 9 Light Entertainment site for more!
Filmmaker Andrée Wallin has our next film, a short that premiered on Dust TV. While you might yet know Wallin's name, if you've seen the two latest STAR WARS films then you've seen his work as a Concept Artist, a guy who helped give A FORCE AWAKENS a few visual ideas to run with. "In the near future, the capital of Sweden has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. we join four soldiers on a routine mission in 'zone 3', with the assignment to investigate an old surveillance tower that just went offline." It's a refreshing bit of science fiction that has me eager to see what Wallin does next as a filmmaker. Be sure to click over to his website to see a load of cool Concept art from various projects (including FORCE AWAKENS) and if you're in the mood to watch more kickass shorts, then head over to Dust TV!
Karel van Bellingen has our next film, one that's literally out of this world (I can't not make that joke.) It's beautifully designed from the textures on the walls to the scar makeup on some of its characters. Here is a perfect example of an incredibly amount of planning and decision making. "n 2069, New Earth is declared open for civilian migration, a decade after its discovery. As tales of wonder and opportunity reach the Old World, taking ‘the leap’ becomes the dream of millions. Unable to afford the journey, many of the less fortunate risk their lives being smuggled aboard cargo ships. The inter-planetary Migration Administration, or IPMA, deals with human trafficking on a biblical scale. Fifteen years later, Jacob Reiss, a disillusioned IPMA veteran, has a fateful encounter with a young cartel prostitute. A meeting that forces him to confront a dark chapter from his past in order to save them both from a bleak future in one final, violent shot at redemption." If you like what you see, then head over to the film's website and/or Facebook Page!
MAE AND ASH
To wrap us out for the week, we've got a film that's tonally different from all of the above. Shuchy Talati has created one hell of a short, a drama that feels real and throws you into the feelings of the characters involved. "A young couple's open relationship is tested when the 'other' woman stays for breakfast. Now they must confront how they really feel about their arrangement." Check out some behind the scene images and stories over on the film's Facebook Page and think about following Talati on Twitter (@ShuchiTalati).
Bam! That's it for this week. I hope to see you folks next Saturday with a handful of kickass films I hope you enjoy. Enjoy your New Years and have a great week coming up. Feel free to check out past articles 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?
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