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Must Watch: Ruairi Robinson's Full Twisted/Brilliant Short 'Blinky™'

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March 20, 2011
Source: QE, Vimeo

Blinky

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don't worry. It's perfectly safe. Do you guys remember seeing that awesome teaser trailer for that rather creepy looking short called Blinky? The one with the eerie Android robot look-alike. The short stars Max Records from Where The Wild Things Are and is written & directed by Ruairi Robinson, the Irish filmmaker who almost directed Akira then did a short titled The Silent City. Well thanks to a hot tip by Quiet Earth, the entire Blinky™ short can be viewed below, as it was uploaded on Vimeo. It's as crazy/sick/twisted/brilliant/awesome as you're expecting, so have fun and put the kids away!

Watch Ruairi Robinson's full-length short film Blinky™:

Blinky™ is the creation of Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, an up-and-coming director with a few shorts in his filmography, including the Oscar nominated Fifty Percent Grey. Robinson wrote and directed this as his feature debut. Early on he was attached to Warner Bros' live-action Akira, but I think they wanted someone with a bit more experience, so Robinson focused on a smaller film as his first feature. This was shot mostly in/around Los Angeles and was finished filming last year. You can find more info about this on Robinson's official website or get more updates from his Twitter. Hope you guys enjoyed watching that! Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 48 Comments

1

The pacing seemed a bit off on the editing. The special effects are top notch though.

Zakabitz on Mar 20, 2011

2

The Silent City had pacing issues too. He's not an editor, thats for sure.

Zakabitz on Mar 20, 2011

3

Great work ...kind a Wall-E stuff.. nice CGI .. even it is easy to animate such robotic models but it is so hard to putt feelings to it .. Of course it depend on the silence and the music too in such moments to enhance the feeling of non organic creature .. 😉

shero on Mar 20, 2011

4

The premise started strong: Lonely boy who's parents argue needs a friend. Enter Blinky: The round faced, short, friendly robot. The build-up started a bit late and climaxed quickly. I felt act 2 could have been shorted by 90 seconds and act 3 could have had more tension.

Modern American Man on Mar 20, 2011

5

HA!, THIS IS BRILLIANT. THE GUYS FROM DEAL DEAL PRO WOULD NEVER BE A ABLE TO WRITE SOMETHING IS COOL. THEY JUST TALK! BUT GOOD SHORT FILM, WORTHY OF AN ACADEMY AWARD. GREAT DIRECTOR. VERY PROMISING.

Michael on Mar 20, 2011

6

But is it necessary to scream it? Wow. Caps Lock for the win.

Modern American Man on Mar 20, 2011

7

Man the kid was so annoying

Jr on Mar 20, 2011

8

Thank God he killed that kid, otherwise I probably wouldn't have been able to sit through the rest of that.

Cruzer on Mar 20, 2011

9

I don't think it was very well done. The change between good and evil robot/kid was too dramatic. I like the Titus Andronicus stuff at the end though.

Chad on Mar 20, 2011

10

The robot wasn't changing from good to evil. He did as he was told. He killed the dog, he killed the kid, he killed his parents, and then he started on all the rest. Kill everyone, remember.

JL on Mar 22, 2011

11

I'm never buying a robot! D:

John Montagna on Mar 20, 2011

12

It would've been better without the last images. If it just ended with him closing the door (and also, if his head didn't do that spinny thing), it would've been top notch.

Lar on Mar 20, 2011

13

Completely agree. I wanted to say exactly that. Thanks 😀

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

14

love the "Boards Of Canada esque" tunes in the Blinky commercial.

Jseathroo on Mar 20, 2011

15

I thought this was supposed to be a feature? Great idea but not executed very well

Nocsyn on Mar 20, 2011

16

that scared the crap out of me, plus the kid was pretty annoying, and so were the parents. but overall, scary and awesome

Moviekid on Mar 20, 2011

17

My robot would have killed the parents first.

Robot on Mar 20, 2011

18

That kid was annoying, SOOO glad he died.

IAMMURLOC on Mar 20, 2011

19

This was awesome! I didn't find the pacing bad at all. And yes, maybe the transition was a little rushed, but it's a short. The ending (dinner scene) caught me off guard, which is exactly what i want to experience watching a movie. Very well done, much ,much better than the last short you posted 😉

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011

20

i am awesomo 4000

stfugtfo on Mar 20, 2011

21

its adorable ill take zem all !!!!!!!

Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011

22

This was very very good. I also didn't find problems with the pacing, great work overall. Btw is this kid, Max Records, a little prick in all of his projects?

bltzie on Mar 20, 2011

23

Yeah, it's him... I don't understand how he keeps getting cast in these 'indie-projects'. Acting obnoxious and always barking/ yelling your lines does not make the character of a child feel more real or honest... it's just annoying and 1-dimensional. Otherwise, it's an interesting short if a bit one-note.

Bogart on Mar 21, 2011

24

Give him a rest. He was awesome in Wtwta!

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

25

When he said "this is the best Christmas ever"...that was some horrible acting!

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

26

Should have smothered the kid pretty quickly, but the film was great.

Crapola on Mar 20, 2011

27

I felt like throwing up when he said he cleaned and cooked the boy.

John Guido on Mar 20, 2011

28

I felt like applauding. One of us is wrong...

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

29

pacing was off, loved the dinner scene though, his head spinning seemed silly though lmfao. -.-

Daniel Vu Tran on Mar 21, 2011

30

Started off good, but from 70% on till the end it burned in flames like the kid in the oven, haha! Nice attempt for a decent short-film though. To those who are in to short-films, the ANACHRONISM is still my favorite. May not be your slice of butter, but suspenseful all the way to the end. Haunting music, beautiful cinematography, and a gripping story that makes you beg for more. Wish it were a little longer, but it's short-films like this that made twilight zone so epic. Check it out: http://vimeo.com/11034820

Jim Bean on Mar 21, 2011

31

with a snotty so annoying, everybody would lose any sanity

Blinky on Mar 21, 2011

32

"chaos it's like gravity all that needs it's a little push"

Jack White on Mar 21, 2011

33

Wow, messed up. Pretty good stuff though. I'm glad that kid is dead, he was a tool.

Bauzer on Mar 21, 2011

34

Blinky was provoked... Lol ...poor blinky he only wanted to "serve" man

Bettyb on Mar 21, 2011

35

Oh, I see what you did, there...

JL on Mar 22, 2011

36

Well at least it wasn't an iPhone!

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

37

I loved it. Great dark idea.

Carpio on Mar 21, 2011

38

that was awful.

quityosleanin on Mar 21, 2011

39

I liked it but it was off a bit. I thought when he was saying "no problem" so many times, he was taking in all the orders he was giving; kill everyone. I also thought it was chilling when he said "I did what you asked" thinking he was killing while the boy was sleep, but that wasn't the case. Cool short though.

Tye1119 on Mar 21, 2011

40

I think when it comes to doing what he asked he meant for killin the dog, cause the shot after showed the empty doghouse. You knew he had taken the orders in when he said that number he was counting down before he got reset.

Cody W. on Mar 21, 2011

41

Id say its unhealthy that I kinda laughed a bit at the dinner table scene but yeah that kid was just asking for it from the audience and Blinky. Blinky did everything the kid asked him too, I even bet his parents arent fighting anymore.....lol. Must say overall that was awesome, wish they had like an extra minute near the end to milk that creepy atmosphere it had. That very last shot was just completely unnecessary though, almost worked against it.

Cody W. on Mar 21, 2011

42

"I even bet his parents arent fighting anymore",lool, this made me laugh 😛 except they're dead too 🙁

Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011

43

Jesus...all that time and money spent...and that's how they end it?

Mrianwebb on Mar 21, 2011

44

cool short

tir na nog on Mar 21, 2011

45

THAT KID IS SUCH A JERK BLINKY MADE TO DO THAT OR DID HE DO IT BECAUSE THE KID WAS SO MEAN I KINDA FELT BAD FOR BLINKY WHEN THE KID STARTED BEING A JERK

THEMOVIELOVER1999 on Mar 21, 2011

46

Anybody else feel bad when Blinky said he cooked the kid? No? Me neither. I liked the fact that they didn't portray Blinky as an evil or malfunctioning robot, he just did EXACTLY what he was told which was in his programming, although he clearly wasn't programmed with the first law of robotics. Great short film.

Lamar on Mar 22, 2011

47

Neither the first..Nor the second...Nor the third...3 rules needed badly! Great film indeed though 🙂

Bella on May 13, 2011

48

Kid totally had that coming.

M.K. Nielsen on Apr 1, 2011

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