SHORT FILMS

Watch: Excellent Animated Short 'Coke Habit' About Soda Addiction

Coke Habit Short Film

"Sometimes it was 8 cans in a day. It was way, way too much." Stop drinking soda! It's very bad for your health. How many of you are addiction to pop/soda? In America, it's a very common thing, as we all grow up drinking it and enjoy it so much that we can't help but enjoy soda all the time. This animated short film, titled Coke Habit, tells the story of one man named Mike explaining how his addiction to soda became a major problem when he was in high school. This is indeed a very important health PSA, but it's also a very creative and unique short film with some impressive animation. I love the color palette, and I love how it all flows. It's short, sweet (no pun intended) and good work I want to share as filmmaking that impressed me.

 Posted 18 hours ago in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: The End of a Relationship in Short Film 'Closure' by Dan Marcus

Closure Short Film

"Just put on an old record… helps loosen the mind." A new short film to watch this week that will make you think about your own relationship. This is titled Closure, and it's the latest short directed by filmmaker Dan Marcus, who also happens to write for this site (see his work here). Dan previously directed the sci-fi thriller short titled Streamline, which we featured back in 2014 when it first premiered. He followed that film up with this one, a passion project about two young lovers at the end of their relationship. It's about when two people know the ending is near but they can't bring themselves to face that reality. This is a bit longer than a normal short, but it's worth getting into for a good story about the challenges of relationships.

 Posted May 16 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Fan-Made Jedi Short Film 'Star Wars: The Force And The Fury'

Star Wars: The Force And The Fury

"How does it feel to be alone? I've taken everyone you love. This time you won't forget me." Meet another Jedi in this new fan-made short film set within the Star Wars universe. Star Wars: The Force And The Fury is a short by Jason Satterlund telling the story of a Jedi who crash lands on a mysterious planet. There he encounters a Sith who seems to know him. I won't spoil the rest, but it's refreshing to see such impressive storytelling in a Star Wars fan film. Two other things I love about this: 1) that we finally see a female Sith going bad, and 2) the blue lightsaber has a hilt like an actual samurai sword, nice little nod to actual sabers.

 Posted April 27 in Short Film, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'The Crossing' - An Official Prologue Short for 'Alien: Covenant'

The Crossing Prologue Short

"I was badly injured on our mission. She put me back together. I never experienced such compassion…" Whoa. This is very cool. 20th Century Fox has debuted a new short film titled The Crossing, an "official prologue short" connecting Alien: Covenant with Prometheus (finally they admit this is all the same universe!). Don't freak out just yet, this doesn't exactly answer any big questions, it just ends up asking even more questions. What's that thing? What is going on? Where are they? Will we see what happens in Alien: Covenant? Hopefully where this ends is right where the next movie picks up. This short features Michael Fassbender as David (or Walter), as well as Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus. This promo was released today in celebration of Alien Day, with plenty of other reveals/events all day. Enjoy.

 Posted April 26 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Walk of Shame Stirs Up Emotions in Short Film 'Forever After'

Forever After Short Film

"I'm not doing too well, mum." Another outstanding short film to watch. Sometimes it's the moments you least expect when you are suddenly forced to reflect on your life choices. This short Forever After, made by writer/director Charlotte Scott-Wilson, follows a woman who wakes up after a drunken one-night stand and must take the dread "walk of shame" back home. Along the way she begins to feel the heavy emotions of reality, and has many moments of reflection that make her start questioning what she's doing. I really like this short, it's meaningful and makes you think about your own life, while keeping our attention throughout.

 Posted April 21 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Amusing Chicken or Egg Claymation Short Film 'Time Chicken'

Time Chicken Short

"In the beginning there was faith that the egg was the start of all life. Then came reason that the egg must have come from a great chicken." So what came first: the chicken or the egg? The eternal, unanswerable question finally gets addressed in this amusing, wacky short film titled Time Chicken. This claymation short was written, directed and animated by Nick Black, who made it over two years using Canon DSLRs and handmade sets from various objects he found. It's a totally wacky but incredibly enjoyable short film, that does have touches of "Robot Chicken", but still feels like something original. You just need to watch and enjoy because while it might seem odd, it's so much fun and will make you laugh. Plus it's under 6 minutes.

 Posted April 19 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Vimeo's Wacky Doc About Sundance 'Escape From Park City'

Escape From Park City Doc

"The cheapest way to survive is to subsist entirely on appetizers. If you're luck enough to get access to free parties throughout the day…" We've been covering the Sundance Film Festival for 11 years, and I adore the festival, but it's not always the most inviting place especially if you don't have proper access. This year, Vimeo hired "self-described 'struggling' Staff Picked documentarian" John Wilson to make a video about his experience at the festival - without any access. Suffice it to say, he makes an amusing doc that mocks the festival and the absurdity of everything, yet also finds the good in it. "Wandering up and down Main Street, remarking on the blend of commercialism and exclusivity, he paints a pretty pallid picture of festival life and the forces that dominate it." It's worth watching for a good life and a totally different look at Sundance.

 Posted April 14 in Documentaries, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Meet a Cute Cardboard Monster in 'Frolic & Mae' Short Film

Frolic & Mae Short Film

Meet Frolic. Yet another one-of-a-kind short film to feature and it's worth your time to watch. Frolic & Mae is the latest short from director Danny Madden, founder of the filmmaking collective Ornana. You may recognize his name as he made the fantastic hand-drawn short Confusion Through Sand previously. Frolic & Mae is a much more ambitious short, inspired by films like Gremlins and Lilo & Stitch, about a young girl who decides to create a cardboard monster in opposition to her cousin's friends only wanting to play with their phones. It gets lose, and turns out to be more than she can handle. Although this just premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival, they couldn't wait to release it online for everyone to watch - here it is. Catch it below.

 Posted March 31 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Stirring Animated Short Film 'Alike' About Nurturing Creativity

Alike Short Film

Another one-of-a-kind animated short film to watch. Alike is an animated short film from Spain directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez. The short is about a father trying to teach his son how to live a unique life, only to realize how much society drains our creativity and originality. This reminds me a bit of Disney's short film Inner Workings, which played before Moana last year. What I love about this short film is the simplicity of it - there's no dialogue, it's all about these two characters, but it has so much to say, and it's easy to pick up on all of that. Most importantly, this reminds us that we should listen to our hearts.

 Posted March 30 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Lovely Hand-Painted Short 'The Ballad of Holland Island House'

The Ballad of Holland Island House

"Lost house. Lost home. Lost island. Disappearing on the horizon." Another unique animated short film to feature this week. The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short film told from the perspective a home in the Chesapeake Bay, telling the true story of the last house on a sinking island. The animation technique is an innovative mix of claymation and traditional cel animation, utilizing a thin layer of oil-based clay that is painted/altered by hand to create the illusion of movement. It's beautiful to watch, and the story of the house being sung as a ballad makes this feel even more enchanting. This reminds me of the hand-painted film Loving Vincent, which is still due sometime this year. Very nice work from filmmaker Lynn Tomlinson.

 Posted March 29 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Mind-Boggling Animated Short Film 'Wednesday with Goddard'

Wednesday with Goddard Short Film

"Hello. I'm looking for God. Is this where he lives?" This wonderfully whimsical animated short will most definitely boggle your mind, or at least make you question everything. Wednesday with Goddard is a short film made by Canadian artist/filmmaker Nicolas Ménard. It's hard to describe this film, because it's a very abstract and yet thoroughly entertaining little short featuring lovely pencil drawings and charming animation. But it's also best to just watch and try and make sense of it yourself. I'm also pretty sure the "Goddard" in the title is not a reference to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Even if it is confusing, the moment I watched this I was in love with it and wanted to share it with everyone else, so dive right in. Enjoy this short.

 Posted March 28 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Comedy Short 'Check Please' About a Dinner Proposal Mistake

Check Please Short Film

"This is our night, please sit down!" Kick off the week with a fun short film that is sure to make you laugh. What happens when a marriage proposal ring ends up going to the wrong table at a restaurant? That's the premise behind this amusing short film titled Check Please, from writer/director Daniel Sorochkin. It's a simple, but enjoyable short, with great performances from the cast and some sleek cinematography. This is a great example of how short films just need a strong script, but nothing too complex or ambitious, with one good idea at the middle of it all. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Sorochkin after this. Watch below.

 Posted March 27 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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