Short Film Duo Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp Land 'Giants' Feature
by Ben Pearson
October 4, 2012
Creating a compelling short film continues to prove itself as a viable way of making it big in Hollywood in 2012. Our buddy Dan Trachtenberg from the Totally Rad Show did it with his short Portal: No Escape, which led to the director's chair on a heist film at Universal (I just spoke with Dan two nights ago, and he said the process is going great and they're on their second draft of the script right now). Chalk up two more short film directors heading to features as Deadline reports Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp have been hired to direct a large-scale science fiction film called Giants for Sony, and it has a fun twist. More below!
Jenkins and Sharp made names for themselves directing a beautiful short called Address Is Approximate, which racked up almost 2 million views in 12 days and scored them a representation deal, and we've embedded the short film below so you can get a sense of what kind of style they might bring in a feature:
Giants is about an alien race called Giants who live on a planet called Gigantus, and when they're attacked by a foreign spacecraft, they launch into action and head for war against Earth. The problem is that once they arrive here, they realize they were only giants on their own planet. Here they're only 1/4 inch tall, and the "foreign spacecraft" that attacked them was actually just a loose screw from the Hubble telescope. They land in a nerdy kid's yard, and team up with the nerd to save the world.
Suddenly it all makes sense after seeing their short. They clearly have a knack for creating a sense of scale and making tiny things emotional and relatable, and it also sounds like Giants has the potential for some fun Honey, I Shrunk the Kids kind of shenanigans, possibly bringing those kinds of visuals to a new generation who probably haven't ever seen the Rick Moranis classic. No word on a start date yet, but Jenkins and Sharp are rewriting along with their directing duties, so we're waiting to hear more.