SHORT FILMS

Watch: Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios Debuts Second Film 'Firebase'

Firebase Film

Ready for more? Neill Blomkamp's experimental sci-fi filmmaking collective Oats Studios has premiered their second short film titled Firebase, set during the Vietnam War. This ultra violent action film is kind of a mix between Predator and Apocalypse Now, with some gnarly surprises in store for those brave enough to venture into the jungle. A few weeks ago, we featured the first film Rakka (about lizard-like aliens enslaving humanity). We also posted an extensive interview with Blomkamp discussing his ideas behind Oats Studios and what they're trying to pull off. So far these two shorts have been awesome, playing with crazy original ideas that no studio would probably greenlight. You can watch the entire film below - and damn is it wicked.

 Posted June 28 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Die Antwoord's Freakish B&W Short Film 'Tommy Can't Sleep'

Tommy Can't Sleep Short Film

"Mom, I can't sleep. There's rats." You ain't never seen a short film like this before. Tommy Can't Sleep is a short film made by South African rappers Die Antwoord, also known as Ninja and Yolandi. The film stars their daughter, 16 Jones, as "Lil Tommy" and has a cameo appearance by Jack Black as "Big Tommy". It's a B&W short art directed by Roger Ballen, a photographer who has had a major influence on Die Antwoord. The story is about a kid who can't sleep because there are rats in his room. As described by Nylon, "it's all extremely Die Antwoord: twisted, terrifying, absurd, funny, outlandish." It will likely ruin your day - enjoy.

 Posted June 26 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Excellent Deaf Horror Short 'Dawn of the Deaf' from England

Dawn of the Deaf Trailer

"I feel like you're ashamed everywhere we go." Another awesome horror short film worth your time. This year is a stand out year for deaf performances/characters, in films like Wonderstruck, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Baby Driver. We can also include this short film, titled Dawn of the Deaf, about a few deaf people who must band together to survive in a zombie apocalypse - though it's much more about the relationship the main girl has with everyone in her life. It was made by deaf actors in London and tries to show disability as a strength, not a weakness. Starring Caroline Ward as Sam. This takes its time to build up and establish all the characters, then tosses in some crazy twists that have a strong emotional effect. Watch in full below.

 Posted June 20 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Super Suspenseful Horror Short 'Curve' Directed by Tim Egan

Curve Short Film

Time for something uniquely scary. A very suspenseful horror short film titled Curve has debuted online, from writer/director Tim Egan. The short originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Short at Sitges last year, so it already has quite a bit of good buzz. Curve is a very simple concept horror short film about a woman who wakes up clinging to a "smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss". Starring Laura Jane Turner as the woman. I like how simple this is, and how it relies on the sound design and visual storytelling to make you feel the fear and intensity. But - what the heck is this place?! See below.

 Posted June 19 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Intriguing Sci-Fi Short 'Nano' Shows a Nanotechnology Future

Nano Sci-Fi Short Film

Is this the future we might live in if nanotechnology continues to develop? Check out this intriguing sci-fi short film titled Nano, from filmmaker Mike Manning, presenting a futuristic world where nanotechnology inside our bodies syncs with apps in order to change our experiences as human beings. It's a cool concept, and we probably will see something like this sometime in the future. However, I'm not a big fan of the film itself. It seems way too obsessed with sex and vanity than the technology, and the performances aren't that good either. I really wish this was better than it is, because I would be much more excited about it. That said, I'm featuring this anyway as a cool proof-of-concept short for those who still want to watch. Have fun.

 Posted June 16 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Captivating '9 Races' Short Tells the Story of an Injured Jockey

9 Races Short Film

"This is one race. You've got a lot more races in you." This is an impressive short about a person we rarely hear stories about - a jockey. Most films about horseracing are about the sport, or the owners, or the horses, but not many films talk about the jockey and his life. 9 Races is a short film directed by Clint Bentley (website) telling the story of an injured jockey who tries to endure nine races on nine horses over the course of one unforgiving night on the track. Luis Bordonada stars as Gabriel, playing a jockey trying to hide his pain as he starts to race. I like the documentary-style approach to this, makes it feel more real. Watch below.

 Posted June 6 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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 May 21 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 Sci-Fi, 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

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