"They say that what I am doing is wrong, and I wish I understood what that meant." Dang, the sci-fi world is really heating up as we head into a summer movie season packed with sci-fi. Yesterday we featured a short titled Project Kronos, today we've got another outstanding new sci-fi short called ABE, that is a must watch. It was pitched as "Silence of the Lambs involving a robotic serial killer" and does have that feel. Made by a VFX artist named Rob McLellan, who did all the CG animation on his own, this is an impressive short and I would love to see the eerie story continue in a full feature. I expect Hollywood to take notice quick. Watch!
"We are actually watching Kronos dreaming about the journey it took and what it remembered." Let's make contact. Earlier this year we featured the trailer for an upcoming faux-documentary short called Project Kronos, that exploreed an attempt to achieve interstellar travel in a realistic way. The full short, running 14 minutes, has finally debuted and after watching it I have to feature it here. The biggest reason being the connection or hint this has to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, additionally because it has a Contact-esque feel to it that actually gets exciting to watch as it continues into the later half. It's worth a quick view below.
"352 days since their arrival." There's another new sci-fi short film that just hit the web that many folks are flipping over already. I've received numerous emails linking me to this film Hybrids, an 8-minute science fiction alien action/revenge short written & directed by Patrick Kalyn. It stars Daniella Evangelista as a badass warrior girl who fights her way through a number of blue-blooded alien creatures, with weapons. It's pretty cool for something made for nearly nothing and is the directing debut of Kalyn, a visual effects artist on films like Avatar, District 9 and King Kong hoping to make this his big debut. It's worth a watch below.
While you may not know Yoav Goren by name, you've undoubtedly heard his work as a composer through his company Immediate Music, which he owns with Jeffrey Fayman. Still not ringing a bell? If you've seen the trailers for films like The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Dark Knight Rises and countless more, It's Goren and Fayman's music that makes them feel that much more epic as they compose custom and licensed tracks to help bring movies to life before they're even finished. Now SoundWorks Collection (via SlashFilm) has put together a cool documentary short on the composition of trailer music. Watch it below!
About a year and a half ago, there was a very cool short film called Insane Office Escape that eluded our attention for one reason or another. Directed by Ilya Naishuller, it was basically a three-minute action short shot with a first-person POV style. It was a very intricately conceived and meticulously crafted piece of work which also acted as a music video for the band Biting Elbows. Now the director is back with a second music video for the band's song Bad Motherfucker, but the short could also simply be called Insane Office Escape 2, and it certainly ups the ante with the action, and begs for Hollywood to pay attention. Watch it!
We've seen one of the best parts of Back to the Future Part II become a faux reality with Mattel's collectible Marty McFly hoverboard, and fans with a lot of money could have even bought Griff's Pitbull hoverboard from the film. Now 2015 is just a couple years away, and the version of the future from the sequel hasn't exactly become a reality. There's no flying cars and unless Steven Spielberg steps up his game, there won't be a Jaws 19 directed by his son Max. But that doesn't mean the hoverboard isn't still something inspiring for young minds with an eye towards the future, and a cool short film illustrates that fact. Watch!
Wreck-It Ralph (now on Blu-Ray and DVD) was one of my favorite movies of 2012, and though talks of a sequel have been brewing ever since its release, Disney is continuing the story in a more unique way first. They've released a thirty minute short online called Garlan Hulse: Where Potential Lives," a fake King of Kong-style documentary about the kid who once held the high score on the arcade version of Fix-It Felix Jr. game before it was overtaken by a Billy Mitchell-type rival. Ralph director Rich Moore hosts this live action tale, and if you're a fan of both Wreck-It Ralph and King of Kong, this is a must-watch. Watch it!
If you want to make it in Hollywood, you often have to start at the bottom before you can work your way to the top. One of the lowest jobs on the totem pole is a production assistant, or "PA," and it's his or her job to do the grunt work that nobody else wants to do: coffee runs, lunch orders, heavy lifting, etc. Film School Rejects found a great short film called The Come Up, which is a pretty accurate depiction of what being a PA is like until, in a clever twist, it takes a hard turn into into a chase/heist film, using some of the real studio backlots as sets. This is a must-watch for anyone who has worked in the industry. Check it out below!
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson made his feature film debut with A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas in 2011, but before that he was behind plenty of short films, especially comedies. Well, today the filmmaker debuted his short film endeavor Valibation, and it's not what we expected at all. Written, directed and edited by Straus-Schulson, the film is a dark comedy, twisted in the DNA of the films of 80s David Cronenberg, but with the contemporary story of a man far too attached to his iPhone and social media that it becomes a part of him...literally. It's NSFW because of some nudity and graphic shots, but this is a stylish, provoking short film that you would not expect from a filmmaker who directed a holiday stoner comedy.
Film fans may know Patton Oswalt as the voice of Remy the rat in Ratatouille, the lead in the indie Big Fan or the loveable townie in Young Adult, but the comedian has an amazing career as a stand-up comic, not to mention countless guest star appearances on TV. Now a cool 10-minute documentary from The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia director Julien Nitzberg turns the lens on Oswalt. Using a contrast between excited fans and the dull routine Oswalt has before his shows, the short gives a glimpse into how Oswalt crafts his stand-up material, which is some of the most brilliant comedy today. Watch it!
Five nominees. Five animated shorts. Who will win the Oscar in a few weeks? Now you get to decide. Thanks to a tip from our friends at Bleeding Cool via The Film Stage, we've collected the complete set of all five 2013 Oscar nominated animated short films for your viewing pleasure. Around this time of year, with the Academy Award nominations getting lots of attention, the short film noms usually end up getting shown in theaters (live-action or doc) or screened online (animated), which is the case again this year. Now they're available to view, in full, online and I can certainly say—without a doubt—all five shorts are worth watching.
Since we spend most of our time checking out feature length films at the Sundance Film Festival, there's plenty of short films that we don't get to see or call attention to very often. However, throughout the festival, there are some shorts that end up attached to some of the feature films, and deserve a bigger audience. One such film from 2011 is Bear from director Nash Edgerton (brother of Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty star Joel Edgerton), which features Australian actress Teresa Palmer in the story of a guy (Edgerton) who goes above and beyond the call of duty to surprise his girlfriend (Palmer) with amusing results. Watch it below!
Aside from the fact that Wreck-It Ralph was one of the best animated feature length films from 2012 (it was nominated for the Best Animated Film Academy Award), the theatrical release also had a nice treat playing before the video game centric movie. Tangled and Ratatouille animator John Kahrs made his directorial debut with the hybrid hand-drawn and computer animated short Paperman, which has been nominated for both an Oscar and an Annie Award. Now Disney has made the entire charming short available to watch online, and you should definitely take six-minutes to watch it and try not to smile. Watch the short below!
Well, this isn't what I was expecting, but it's pretty cool anyway. A sci-fi short film we've been tracking for some time now called C has finally debuted entirely online. The short in full is called C 299,792 km/s and is about Lieutenant Commander Malleck's mutiny on a futuristic spaceship called Kestros IV. As much as I admire the filmmaking here and attempts to make a fun short, it looks like it was shot at a laser tag arena, has a rather funky soundtrack, and features some questionable acting. But it's still an interesting concept and they do play with sci-fi elements like gravity. Most importantly - no CGI or greenscreen was used in the making of the film, all the sets and props were built by hand and filmed in-camera. Which explains the look.