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Must Watch: Scouts vs Basilisk in This Incredible Short Film 'Lookouts'

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September 16, 2016
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Lookouts Short Film

"Tomorrow holds your final trial as Lookouts…" Short films just keep getting better and better. Lookouts is a homemade short directed by David Bousquet (who is also the film's director of photography) inspired by a Penny Arcade comic series about "Lookouts" scouts who head into a deadly forest to hunt a creature. This live-action short follows one of the scouts, Pehn, who escaped the first attack and is being tracked by the basilisk. You'll be amazed to discover that "the majority of the film is shot practically with live visual effects." They made "sets, costumes, and monsters inspired by Jim Henson's creations from our childhood" and filmed this in Mendocino. It's seriously astonishing how good this is, and you'll wish it was even longer.

Found on Vimeo: "On their final trial as village Lookouts, a troop of young scouts are ambushed by the very creature they were hunting. After a violent battle the lone survivor, Pehn, escapes into the shadows of the Eyrewood, a mysterious and deadly forest that is home to all manner of wild creatures. The most horrifying of all is the Basilisk, a winged titan with the power to turn its prey into stone. This is the beast the troop of Lookouts were seeking, and now it hunts for Pehn." Inspired by the Penny Arcade comic series May We Die in the Forest. Thanks to Nerdist for the tip. Lookouts is directed by David Bousquet, produced by Kristin Bousquet. Learn how they this short here, and visit the film's official site here. For more shorts, click here.

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  • Joe Kundlak
    C'mon people, the fight scene in masks around the middle... Why oh why can't someone shoot a decent fight in longer cuts than every half of a second??? It feels so cheap this way.
    • DAVIDPD
      Budget dude.
      • Joe Kundlak
        Budget? I think quite a bit more could have been done here, regardless of budget...
    • Higgens
      Its largely because those fighting suck at the choreography. Fast cuts make it harder to discern that the punch was 4 feet away from dudes face or what not.
  • DAVIDPD
    Uh? This is free??? They probably could have charged for this! Damn, I LIKE!

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