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Watch: Awesome New Gritty Action Short Film 'Apocalypse Now Now'

Apocalypse Now Now Short Film

"I've killed people. Lots of people. At least, they tell me they were people. They looked more like monsters to me." Holy crap this looks awesome! A new proof of concept short film has arrived online this week titled Apocalypse Now Now, set in Cape Town, South Africa. The film is about a serial killer kid who partners with bounty hunter to clear his name. He ends up getting dragged into a "deep, dark Cape Town underbelly full of monsters and myth, shadowy government forces." The main creature in this is badass, and the rest of it is sleek and stylish, and just the right amount of gritty. Starring Garion Dowds, Louw Venter, and Faniswa Yisa. This also kind of reminds me of Attack the Block, and if that film can get made, turn into a big cult hit, and launch the career of John Boyega, then this deserves to get made (and launch careers), too.

 Posted August 30 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

New Short Film for 'Blade Runner 2049' Explains Jared Leto's Backstory

Blade Runner 2049 Short Film

"The off-world colonies are thriving…" Well, this is interesting. WB has debuted a new promo short film for Blade Runner 2049 that takes us back to the year 2036, telling the story of Niander Wallace (played by Jared Leto) and how he came to be allowed to manufacture new replicants. This was originally debuted on Collider, where they explain that "in 2023, government authorities legislated an indefinite 'prohibition' on replicant production." The short film also features an appearance by actor Benedict Wong (who you will remember from Doctor Strange) as well as Leto, but it does not feature Ryan Gosling or Harrison Ford. I like that they're promoting the movie with this kind of extra content (similar to the short film for Alien: Covenant) but I am worried we're seeing/hearing too much. I am ready to watch this movie and discover the full story before any of it gets ruined in marketing. Only a few months! Fire it up below if you want to watch.

 Posted August 29 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Heist Movie Meta-Spoof Short 'The Heist' Will Make You Laugh

The Heist Short Film

"You're gonna need guys as crazy as you are." Time for a fun short to wrap up the week. The Heist is a meta-spoof comedy short mocking the heist movie trope of "assembling the team". Made by filmmaker Luke Harris, they wanted to poke fun at this trope and other cliches from Hollywood, so they whipped up this short. It's a direct reference to the scene in Steven Soderbergh's Oceans 11 (one of my favorite heist movies) where they first meet up with Reuben and tell him about their plan. It's short (only 4 minutes) and lives up to the promise of delivering some top notch spoofery. Of course, it's also perfectly timed as Soderbergh has yet another heist movie currently in theaters - Logan Lucky (which I highly recommend seeing). Have fun.

 Posted August 25 in Comedy, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 80s-Inspired Fantasy Adventure Short Film 'The Spirit Machine'

The Spirit Machine Short Film

"Its been missing for 100 years…" Shall we go searching for Thomas Edison's "last" invention? The Spirit Machine is an excellent low budget fantasy adventure short film made by filmmaker Timothy Plain. The story is about a father and daughter who go on a search for a long, lost turn-of-the century Edison device (called The Spirit Machine). There's an impressive amount of backstory to this, and a good introduction that makes it captivating to follow as it plays out. Starring Andrea Ferreyra and Will Springhorn Jr. This has been described as "Indiana Jones meets The Prestige", and inspired by 80s classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Poltergeist. It's not perfect, but I admire the ambition and the VFX are great. Fire it up below.

 Posted August 23 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Metal Detector Finds Something Big in Animated Short 'Martin'

Martin Short Film

Always inspiring to watch an entertaining short film made by one person as a "labour of love." This short film premiered a few months ago, but we just came across it recently and felt it was worth sharing. Martin is a short animated film designed & directed by Sholto Crow of "Crowmotion". It tells the story of a young scavenger using a metal detector to hunt for objects on the beach in his small coastal town. One day he finds something big and, well, you just have to watch below to see what he discovers. I admire the animation style in this, it's quite unique, and the way this ends should make you laugh and leave you with a smile. Have fun.

 Posted August 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Robert Pattinson's Short 'Fear & Shame' About a NYC Hot Dog

Fear & Shame Short Film

"Where is the man with the hot dog?" There's an odd little short film going around this week, debuted by GQ.com as part of their cover story on Robert Pattinson. The short film is called Fear & Shame and is written & directed by & starring Robert Pattinson. It is essentially just a 2.5 minute short about Pattinson running around New York City trying to find a hot dog to eat. He rambles on about fame and shame and fear and more while desperately trying to avoid the paparazzi. This doesn't have too much going on in it, but it's all from his perspective with some wacky voice-over, so why not enjoy. Plus, who doesn't love NYC hot dogs?

 Posted August 9 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Ruben Östlund's Award-Winning Short Film 'Incident by a Bank'

Incident by a Bank Short Film

More from the brilliant mind of Ruben Östlund! Vimeo has premiered his 2009 short film Incident by a Bank online in full for free, and it's definitely worth watching. The short film won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009, and played at tons of other festivals, picking up even more awards along the way. Incident by a Bank is an amusing, meticulous recreation of failed bank robbery. It's presented in a single take where over 96 people perform intricate choreography for the camera. The film recreates an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. I'm a huge fan of Östlund, director of Force Majeure and this year's The Square, and it's exciting to go back and discover more of his older work.

 Posted August 2 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Terrific Animated Short 'In a Heartbeat' About a Boy in Love

In a Heartbeat Short Film

Well, this will definitely fill your heart with an extra dose of love today. In a Heartbeat is a wonderful new animated short film made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design where they are students. It has a very simple premise - a boy's heart pops out of hist chest and chases down the person of his dreams, embarrassing him in more ways than one. This is such a beautiful short that will really hit you emotionally, just because it is so simple and yet realized in such a lovely way. The music is also charming, and the animation is excellent, making you real feel for these characters. Watch in full below.

 Posted August 1 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Animated Short 'Piano' by Estonian Filmmaker Kaspar Jancis

Playing the Piano Short Film

We started this week with a short film, so why not end the week with a good short film as well. Piano is an animated short film that first played at film festivals throughout 2016 before arriving online recently. It's a charming, fun little short that can't really be described easily. "A film without main characters where the lives of characters that have lost their head intertwine in a dramatic and less dramatic way in an ordinary concrete panel apartment building." Piano was made by Estonian filmmaker Kaspar Jancis, a director, animator, and composer, who has made a few other films previously. All of his other work is worth exploring as well, and can be seen on Vimeo. But don't forget to check out this one below, it'll make you smile. Enjoy.

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

Watch: Peculiar Short Film 'Lightningface' Starring Oscar Isaac in Full

Lightningface Short Film

"I thought I knew who I was. But I knew nothing… And then it happened." Let's kick off this week with a short film we've been waiting to watch for over a year. After playing at film festivals all around, Vimeo Staff Picks has finally premiered the short film Lightningface online in full, from director Brian Petsos. The short film stars Oscar Isaac as a man named Basil Stitt who goes through a transformative experience after being struck by lightning one day. We originally posted a trailer for this short more than a year ago, and now that it has played at fests exclusively, it's available online. This is a very strange, intriguing short that goes to some trippy places at the end. It's great to see Oscar Isaac in this, but I'm not sure what to make of it. You?

 Posted July 24 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Terrifying New Oats Studios Film 'Zygote' with Dakota Fanning

Zygote Short Film

"It's coming no matter what we do!" Buckle up, you're in for a crazy ride. These films are getting better and better! Oats Studios has unveiled their next new short film, titled Zygote, an intense horror action story starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo. This is perhaps the most cinematic film that Oats has released yet. Directed by the main man himself, Neill Blomkamp, this film features one helluva gnarly monster that appears halfway through. I also love the score, by Lorne Balfe, which makes this feel even more intense. At the bottom of the post, I've included a few answers from Blomkamp to follow-up questions after my first interview about Oats. It's so awesome to see them experimenting with projects like this that would never ever see the light of day in Hollywood, but now we get a chance to experience them. Get ready!

 Posted July 12 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Fish Story' Short Film Discovers the Truth Behind a Fishy Tale

Fish Story Short Film

Now this is a unique, totally fun short documentary. Fish Story is a short doc produced by The Guardian, telling the tall tale of a event that happened years ago. The story goes that in North Wales, a weatherman named Michael Fish was the host behind an event where people with "fishy" last names (Mrs. Crab, Mr. Salmon, Mrs. Bass, Mr. Mullet) would attend a dinner and be served the fish of their last name. Filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to figure out if the story is actually true and reach the people who put it together. I admire the way this doc is presented, with the oral storytelling and nice, clean visuals to keep us captivated.

 Posted July 9 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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