Watch: FX Artist Grzegorz Jonkajtys' Dystopian Short 'The 3rd Letter'

February 13, 2011
Source: Twitch

The 3rd Letter Short Film

Wow. I'm always amazed to find stuff like this out there, beautiful work that's just fascinating to watch. Why isn't this guy directing features yet? There's a new short you've got to check out called The 3rd Letter from Polish visual FX artist Grzegorz 'Greg' Jonkajtys. He posted the entire 15-minute short online via Vimeo, so you can watch it below. "A distinctive dystopian vision where humans utterly depend on bio-mechanical alteration to withstand the deteriorating climate." It has a bit of a 12 Monkeys+Andrew Niccol+Cronenberg kind of vibe to it, hard to describe, but it looks great and was quite entertaining. Highly suggested viewing!

Watch Grzegorz Jonkajtys' 15-minute short film The 3rd Letter here:

We owe thanks to Twitch for first finding this impressive short film. The 3rd Letter, aka 36 Stairs, was co-written & directed by Polish filmmaker Grzegorz Jonkajtys, who broke out with his short film ARK but has worked in the visual effects industry for a while, working as an effects artist/animator on films like Sin City, Pan's Labyrinth, Star Trek, Transformers 2 and Iron Man 2. This was shot on the Canon 5D Mark-II featuring an original score by Audrey Riley & hithmedia.com. It played at numerous film festivals last year, winning a handful of awards, and was produced by Marauder Film. You can also visit their official website.

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  • Anonymous
    Sick! The perfect word to describe this riveting short. I really dig these dystopian stories. Loved Children of Men.
  • Ss Pincode
    thank you dear firstshowing.net for showing "The 3rd Letter",i was waiting for that, long time.
  • Anonymous
    I shoot a lot of stuff on the 5D Mark II and the T2i/550D... it's so awesome that filmmakers have these types of tools at their fingertips for such a low cost. Finally, money no longer stands in the way of creativity.
  • Moif
  • Yeah that was heavy. I like that people can make films on accessible equipment like the 5d or 7d, the digital effects were good too. A few of my friends have 7d's and mostly make short promotional videos, but it looks great. I think like anything else though, the tools are just a part of it.
    • Anonymous
      Definitely. The tools are just a stepping stone, but a necessary one. I'd take a great director with hardly any resources, over a bad director with whatever he needs any day. It's just nice that talented people have less to overcome when it comes time to tell their story.
      • Yeah Knawx, for sure! I hope it means people do make more films, with the new technology the game is changing which is exciting.
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  • BlueBeetle
    I'd like to think he didn't put in his ex's #. I'd like to think that...
  • Nocsyn
    you know i've seen and shot many things with dslr's and I'm sorry if this guy didnt have such a great sfx team this film would look like crap. it looks super 5d-ish. Also the whole sfx'ed props and set dressing took it to the edge for me. barf.
    • Bogart
      Gotta say I was thinking the same thing... Bland story, artificial atmosphere, and save for the rent collector who was the actual interesting character - pretty poor acting... The whole clich├ęd dystopian future replete with gas masks, elevated rail network and PA speakers has been done to death... Metropolis to The Jury, Brazil to Bladerunner, 12 Monkeys to 5th Element... why does everyone go around recreating what they and we have already seen, instead or creating a new world. I kept reading all the comments and felt maybe I was being too harsh, or a film snob... but I've watched far too many "5D/ 7D" or amateur shorts that were a thousand times better than this... just start looking through Vimeo.
  • esophus
    What a scumbag!! That being said great short!
  • Che23
    sick and rubbish.15min waste of time.
  • Compelling view and great atmosphere. Great music too. Loved it.
  • Compelling view and great atmosphere. Great music too. Loved it.
  • I feel like I'm missing something.
  • It was OK.




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