"I don't think it was a toy... it was something else, something special." After posting the short for The Grey Matter, I was emailed by a reader named JJ who recommended I watch another short that he "loved" called The Hatchling about a boy and his dinosaur egg. Indeed it's a fantastic short that has a touch of Spielberg by way of Jurassic Park. Instead of going dark or violent and down the horror path with this one, the short plays on the magic of childhood and our imaginations, and the possibility of anything. It's a charming short that ends in a way that should make you smile, while lighting up your own imagination. View in full below.
"What were you expecting, a grasshopper with a top hat?" Take a moment to watch this short film if you're in the mood for a darkly humorous laugh. The Grey Matter is a dark horror comedy directed by Peter and Luke McCoubrey, known as the "McCoubrey Brothers", who explained via e-mail this week that they started making music videos for a friend's band and eventually challenged themselves to make a narrative short. After premiering at film festivals throughout the year, including Brooklyn, Show Me Shorts and the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, it's now online earning a recent Short of the Week feature. There are some solid practical FX in it, and the dialogue is fun which helps keep the film interesting. It's a great short, have fun.
We didn't get a feature-length film from Kathryn Bigelow this year, but the director of Zero Dark Thirty and Point Break still delivering a powerful little piece of filmmaking in the form of a documentary/PSA called Last Days, which focuses on the plight of elephants, and how the giant, majestic creatures are in danger of being wiped off the planet. Surely you've heard about endangered species and all that jazz before, and maybe it's gone in one ear and out the other, but maybe you should let the fact sink in that within 11 years, all of the elephants living in the wild could be extinct very soon. Watch this provocative PSA now!
"Maybe it's a little early... Maybe the time is not quite yet... But those other worlds – promising untold opportunities – beckon." Whoa. Thanks to all the new sci-fi out there, from Interstellar to Star Wars, there's a renewed feeling of excitement about space exploration. Celebrating our potential for exploration in the future, this short film called Wanderers from Erik Wernquist is a spectacular, breathtaking look at where we might be in regards to visiting other places in our own solar system. All the imagery used in this is real - that's what makes it amazing. These are real locations in our solar system, and this is what we hope it's like in the future, because I already want to visit everywhere we see in this. Those cliffs divers! So cool!
We're excited to premiere a brand new sci-fi short film originating from Sweden called Double Trouble, a time travel comedy from directing duo (and friends of the site) Andreas Climent (@andreascliment) & André Hedetoft (@ahedetoft). This charming, goofy short film is about a shy young man who misses the opportunity to talk to the girl of his dreams. But when he finds a mysterious pocket watch that can turn back time, well, that's when things get interesting. It's an impressive film that doesn't rely on any dialogue, only actions and reactions, and it's cool to see just how far they go playing with the time travel concept/paradox. These two made that Logan short we ran previously, and are already working on a feature, they definitely have a bright filmmaking future ahead of them. Take a break from Star Wars and watch this amusing short.
"Here we go again." We have yet to feature this fan film, so if you haven't seen it yet - here's you chance. Norwegian filmmaker Martin Sofiedal made a live-action short film based on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune the video game, which is already being adapted into a movie as we speak. His version is a live-action take on a cutscene in the game, and features some impressive work for something made on his own time. The 7-min film is called Uncharted: Ambushed starring David Owe as Drake, Caroline Glomnes Johansen as Elena, with a really stunning score by Roy Westad. Sofiedal recently visited Naughty Dog Games, creators of Uncharted, and got a write up in THR. The film is worth a watch, even if you have seen it before. Enjoy!
"Your prototype time machine, Professor." Yet another unique sci-fi short, this one inspired by American and French classical cinema of the 50's. It's a sci-fi short film involving time travel, but with a French film noir feel, titled 300,000 km/s from director Stéphane Réthoré. It's considerably enjoyable even though it runs 17 minutes, but there's a polished feel to it that makes the scenes move fluidly while still keeping our attention focused on the mystery. It's a good film noir short and I like the sci-fi touch, the watch is beautiful and the practical work on that piece is fantastic. The end is where it really gets good, though I feel as if there should've been a bit more (another scene maybe?) before it cuts to black. Enjoy good short films? Jump in.
"Remember: a better future is waiting for you." Another short to fire up today, this one is more of a proof-of-concept but better than most of the work that comes across our desks. Titled Phoenix 9, this short film is the debut of German team Amir Reichart (director & editor) and Peer Gopfrich (writer & producer) and it's sort of a funky mix of Tron Legacy meets post-apocalyptic survival thriller. "While post-apocalyptic films are immensely popular, we didn't just want to re-tread familiar territory. That's why we introduced a high-tech twist that takes things in a completely unexpected direction and gives the story larger-than-life scope and drama," explains Gopfrich. It's long (over 20 minutes) but actually quite good, view in full below.
"Everyone could do extraordinary things... Everyone – except me." Now this is a good short film to watch. Titled Singular, this short film by brothers Juan F. Orozco and Esteban Orozco explores a world where instead of wondering what it would like if a few people had super powers, it asks what it would be like if everyone had super powers – except for one guy. I always love coming across shorts that play with unique concepts, and twist the normal idea of what we expect on its head. This short doesn't exactly play up special effects or any of the super powers so much as the romantic angle, which not everyone may like, but I don't mind. Plus: "who cares?!" I just like seeing an original idea made by passionate filmmakers. Give it a shot.
"Why is he still here?!" Another great short film to feature for your viewing pleasure, this one a comedy from writer/director Nathaniel Lindsay. This first premiered at Fantastic Fest last year and after playing at festivals for a while, it has finally hit the web and can be viewed for free in full below. Titled Green Eyed, the short film (via Short of the Week) is about a successful yuppie whose life is turned upside down when a "Nosferatic ghoul" starts showing up at his parties. I really dig the score (which kind of reminds me of The Guest, same 80's vibe) and the make-up work is cool, but it does run a little long for a rather simple concept. That said, I laughed quite a bit at this, solid execution overall. Nice work. Have fun, my friends!
"Your behavior was... inappropriate!" What the heck is this? We feature many different short films on this blog all the time, yet every week there always seems to be something we've never seen before. Found via our friends at Live for Films, this short is called Strangers made by Germany-based independent filmmaker Erik Lehmann, and it's some kind of wacky psychological horror about a guy who wakes up to find creepy masked men in his apartment after an embarrassing date went wrong the night before. The dialogue in this is extremely cheesy and over-the-top, but the masks are cool at least. There is more to criticize than there is to appreciate, it's honestly not that great of a short, but we can always learn something even from bad films.
"If there is a creature that thinks only of the wind its entire life, what would it be?" Now this is cool. Even though it's a promotion for an Italian fashion company there's something very mysterious about this short film that I just love. Thanks to a tip from our friends at The Film Stage you can now watch the entire short film titled A Rose Reborn below, from director Park Chan-wook (who last made Stoker) starring Jack Huston (seen on "Boardwalk Empire") and Daniel Wu (seen in Europa Report, Tai Chi Zero, Warcraft). The short introduces us to a young CEO who travels to meet a Chinese investor but encounters a number of riddles and other odd exchanges before they can reach a deal. I really love the subtleties of this, nice work.
We're still waiting to see when the latest film from director Spike Lee, a non-traditional vampire flick called Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, will hit theaters, but there's still plenty of work the filmmaker has done that you can see right now. Lee directed the stand-up specials Katt Williams: Priceless and Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store (both are available on HBO right now), and he was also behind the camera for a great little documentary short called I Throw Like a Girl. The 16-minute doc focuses on Mo'ne Davis, a 13-year old Little League pitcher who made waves at the Little League World Series this past summer. She's awesome.
"You probably don't stock this in your shop." What better way to freak people out for Halloween than with something that is totally fucked up? If this short didn't have a Hollywood cast included, I probably would've skipped right over it (especially running at 18 minutes) but alas, here we are, sharing with you the one of the craziest shorts I've seen yet. Titled Dog Food from writer/director Brian Crano (@briancrano), the short stars Cory Michael Smith, Amanda Seyfried, David Craig and an adorable dog. Tip: don't watch this if you're eating, or about to start eating food anytime soon, as you may lose your appetite. Oh and I should say that, yes, the director is actually a dog owner/lover. Which might explain the way this ends. So have fun!