"We're in the same boat, man!" To follow up all the Sundance announcements, here is a very cool action-thriller short film titled Proximity, or spelled PROXiMITY in the short, directed by up-and-comer Ryan Connolly (@ryan_connolly). The concept is key here, and it's all about messing with your mind as they're messing with the characters' minds. There's a good twist at the end and more than anything it's just a well done, super low budget little short showcasing the talent of Connolly and his cast/crew. He says there are over 50 VFX shots in the short, but you can barely tell. View the 11-min film in full and get more info below.
For those who don't know the name Janusz Kaminski, he's the go-to director of photography for Steven Spielberg, shooting films like Lincoln, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and more. Now New York Times Magazine has commissioned the cinematographer to direct 11 different short films from various writers like J.C. Chandor, Spike Jonze, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen and Before Midnight trio Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Their job was to write a single line of dialogue, and then a short film was created based around that writing, featuring stars like Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michel B. Jordan, Robert Redford and more. Watch!
Considering the outlandish nature of the comic book series, it's very likely that fans will never see a big screen version of the Marvel Zombies limited series. The five-issue run is set in an alternate universe where the world's superhero population has been infected with a virus which turned them into zombies. Therefore, it's even less likely that we'll see that other five-issue comic book series that followed: Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness. That comic book series brings Bruce Campbell's Ash character from the third film in Sam Raimi's horror series into the Marvel zombie world, and makes for some epic horror mash-up goodness. Now someone has taken the time and passion to craft a fan film bringing the series to life. Watch!
Music video weekend. If you're in the mood for something a bit flashy and fun this weekend, queue up these two back-to-back music videos from Broken Bells that together form a short titled After the Disco (found via SlashFilm), directed by Jacob Gentry (Last Goodbye, The Signal, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) for The Creators Project. The videos star actors Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2, Transcendence) and Anton Yelchin (The Beaver, Fright Night, Star Trek) in a sci-fi romance involving an adorable fallen astronaut. These have cool colorful visuals, two quirky lovers, and some disco fun, so fire 'em up and have a good time.
For anyone who doesn't want to know anything about Alfonso Cuaron's incredible film Gravity, then don't read any further, because there will be some spoilers from here on out. You've been warned. In the sci-fi film, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone ends up by herself inside a Russian space capsule, on the verge of giving up. While at her lowest point, she tries to use the vessel's radio, and ends up communicating with a foreign guy who has a dog and a baby with him. Well, Jonas Cuaron, son of the filmmaker, co-wrote the feature screenplay and directed this companion film called Aningaaq that follows the man on the other end of the radio, an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland. Watch!
"My story is a tail of scientific intrigue." Jamie Foxx tries his hand at directing with a short titled And She Was My Eve part of Canon's Project Imagination. The 15-minute short is about a man who tries to build the "perfect mate", but ends up with more than he bargained for. Tyrin Turner & Samantha Nagel star. I can't say there's much to admire, but it is unlike anything I've ever seen. And She Was My Eve is about a man scarred early in life by an unrequited love who works to attain the perfect mate. An intrusive neighbor questions his mysterious lifestyle and the uncertainty of the outside world brings his dreams to a halt. Yep.
As we eagerly wait for Wes Anderson's next film The Grand Budapest Hotel next summer (and continue laughing at the "Saturday Night Live" horror movie spoof inspired by the director), the filmmaker behind The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has just released a new short film called Castello Cavalcanti. Starring Jason Schwartzman, star of Anderson's Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and last year's Moonrise Kingdom, the film follows an Italian-American racer in 1955 Italy after he crashes his car in a small town that surprisingly holds a family connection. It has all the charm you'd expect.
Take a quick lesson in typography from French graphic designer Thibault de Fournas in a short titled From Paper to Screen. Created as his Graduation Project, the animated short shows "typography evolution from paper to screen," including a fun lesson in how it evolved in cinema. Of course the biggest reference is Saul Bass, who "changed everything" with the way he presented title screens. Ever since then we've been inundated with every kind of different title possible, but there are people like Woody Allen who still use the classic style-less B&W text. I've also got a soft spot for anything that uses "Clair de Lune" perfectly. Enjoy!
Exactly one year and one day ago, we featured a cool horror short film called Missing in the Mansion, which followed a Disneyland proposal gone wrong in The Haunted Mansion. It was a found footage story that showed what happened to three friends who went missing while on the famous ride. Now directors/brothers Josh Daws & Jeremiah Daws are back with a sequel, using the spooky Disney attraction as inspiration again. But this time, the story follows a boy with an overactive imagination who has just gotten home from Disneyland and fears he has been followed home by a ghost from the ride. Watch it!
It's time to experience a new vision of the future with Lunar, the latest short from up-and-coming sci-fi filmmaker Tyson Wade Johnston (follow him @TysonWade). Some of you may recognize that name, as we've featured Johnston's other short film Seed last year, plus the trailer for this new Lunar short back in June. I really admire Johnston's short films, he seems to have a grasp on storytelling, worldbuilding and visual effects and does a good job bringing all of these elements together in an entertaining package. Check out this short about an outlaw sentenced to imprisonment on the Moon who tries to escape. View it below.
"If someone had already rented the movie that you wanted, you just couldn't watch it." Remember video stores? Those places where you could go, rent copies of movies, browse racks of thousands of obscure titles, meet new friends. If you're a reader of this site, you probably grew up with video stores like all of us did. We all watched as Blockbuster slowly began to die at the hands of the digital revolution, with iPads, iPhones & iTunes taking over, not to mention the power of Netflix. Well, for a fun trip down memory lane, BuzzFeed (via SlashFilm) put together a short video titled "Video Stores Explained to Modern Kids" recapping the experience and, frankly, what was so cool (believe it!) about the classic video store. Check this out below.
"Whoa, you killed a big one!" Holy crap this is awesome. If you're a genre/horror fan, you most likely saw The ABCs of Death from Drafthouse Films, featuring 27 horror shorts. One of the best shorts in it was "T is For Toilet" (watch it online here), a claymation/stop-motion animated short directed by Lee Hardcastle about an evil toilet that taunts a young kid. Hardcastle returns this year with "epic sequel" to T is For Toilet titled Ghost Burger, about two kids (one is the same kid from T is For Toilet) who go hunting for ghosts to help their dad run a burger cafe. Yes, there is plenty of gore, plenty of weapons, plenty of ghosts and evil everyday objects coming to life and tormenting claymation people. Need I say more? I think not. Have fun!
"His time runs out, for the monster's hunger is surely here to stay." Time for a bit more horror to creep you out this month. Another well-made short from Mexico/Canada that we need to feature is one called Shhh, inspired by the lucid dreams of director Guillermo del Toro during childhood. It runs about 10 minutes and it definitely has a very creepy atmosphere and one ugly "monster" that hungers for a little boy's hair every time he goes to the bathroom. Del Toro wasn't involved in making this (though he should mentor these filmmakers), but he did provide a quote they've been touting: "strong visuals and solid atmosphere!" I would definitely agree, this is the perfect short to freak out little siblings if you have any. Happy Halloween!
"A day may come when people will look back through space and time to witness what we once were." It's time... We're excited to be the first to debut the full 10-minute short film Telescope, co-directed by Collin Davis & Matt Litwiller, that we first teased a few weeks ago. This thrilling time travel short also features the work of Wes Ball, director of The Maze Runner and Ruin, who was lead VFX artist. "Wes worked closely with Collin and me to achieve the deep space look we were going for with both the ship and the space around it. He entertained our crazy ideas and helped incorporate the practical elements we shot," said Litwiller, who will be submitting to multiple festivals for competition in the narrative short category. Enjoy!