Sunday, June 07, 2015

Sunday Shorts: UNWIND


I'm completely unfamiliar with the YA novel this short is based on, but it appears to be absolutely terrifying. Is this what the kids are reading these days? What happened to stories about enrolling in schools of wizardry or falling in love with sparkly vampires who practice abstinence before marriage? Wow, that sounds incredibly cheesy when you say it out loud...

A few days back, I tweeted a link to an article about the importance of tension on page one.  Without a doubt, Unwind easily qualifies as Exhibit A. It's probably the most unnerving short I've posted. What's especially interesting here is that it's all about what we don't see, but hear. Our imagination, the best and cheapest special effect, does all the heavy lifting. Not a spec of blood or gore to be found. I love how the nurse's soothing voice contrasts with the sound of the procedure in the background.



Monday, June 01, 2015

Sunday Shorts: Electrogenesis


The creators of these fan films often show more passion and understanding of the material than the soulless corporations that own them.  Electrogenesis starts off slow but finishes with a nice payoff. Given the success of a teen superhero like Spider-Man, I'm a little surprised DC/Warner Bros. hasn't done more with Static. Seems like a low-risk, medium/high reward property. Perhaps the rumors about a Static Shock web series with Jaden Smith are a way to test the waters...



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Shorts: It's Not You, It's Me


This short from Matt Spicer just goes to show how it's possible to find the humor in a little death and murder.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Shorts: Surveillance


I'm not a huge fan of found footage films but this one really caught my eye. Surveillance manages to tell  a pretty compelling story story in under 3 minutes, which is a lot tougher than it sounds. I come across so many scenes and shorts that take forever to set up and their payoffs are rarely worthwhile. This starts as late as possible in the story and gets right to the point...



Monday, May 11, 2015

Sunday Shorts: Controller


This whole hard drive crashing thing has been quite the misadventure. I'm still kicking myself for not having monthly backups. My drafts are so far behind, it's unlikely I'll have anything ready for the upcoming contest deadlines. Luckily, I keep a decent amount of handwritten notes.  It'll be a chore but not an impossible one. I also smartened up and got myself a dropbox account.

Anyway, this week's short comes from writer/directer Saman Kesh. It's a pretty ambitious 8 minutes of sci-fi, action, and romance. The video game elements remind me of Scott Pilgrim. According to deadline, Fox plans to turn it into a feature. That might prove to be an enormous challenge. Bigger isn't always better...

BTW, Kesh is also set to direct the Cube remake.


 



Sunday, May 03, 2015

Sunday Shorts: The Flying Man



Not quite back to speed after my hard drive crashed, but almost there. I'm kicking off a superhero-themed week with this short from Marcus Alqueres. A little light on plot but it sure is pretty...

Hopefully, I'll get a chance to post some thoughts on recent superhero fare like Daredevil and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Shorts: a function 이계도함수


Directed by Hyunsoo Lee, a function takes that all-too-familiar test-taking anxiety and turns it into a nightmarish short. I love the way it keeps the tension with just a bit of PG-13 violence, but lays out the potential for something much worse. A little blood and gore can go a long way.





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