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Williamsburg, 2021

The Exit Room. "In 2021, an imprisoned journalist facing execution contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and newborn child." [Via]
posted by homunculus on Apr 19, 2014 - 3 comments

 

I don't know what a spangle is to this day and now I can't ask him

Good Grief, an animated short film from Australia about the process of grieving and the lessons learned from adjusting to loss, made using stop-motion animation and recorded interviews with real people.
posted by acb on Apr 13, 2014 - 5 comments

"You need time to think."

MAGNESIUM is the graduation film of Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong about a young gymnast in the days before a major competition.
posted by Wemmick on Mar 29, 2014 - 11 comments

And the Oscar goes to...

Mr. Hublot, 2014 Best Animated Short Film
posted by oneswellfoop on Mar 3, 2014 - 17 comments

"Black Angel"

As a thank you gift for his work on "Star Wars", George Lucas gave art director Roger Christian 25,000 pounds in 1979 to make a short film. Christian used the money to shoot a 25 minute medieval fantasy titled "Black Angel". Lucas liked the film so much that he had it precede theatrical showings of "Empire Strikes Back" in the UK, Australia and Scandinavia. In the intervening years, the film was thought lost until a negative was discovered at Universal Studios in 2011. The film was restored and given a premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County last October. It will be shown again later this month at the Glasgow Film Festival and will eventually find its way to a streaming services like Netflix later this year. The BBC recently talked to Christian about the film and its rediscovery.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 7, 2014 - 19 comments

How They Got There

24 Short Films Of Famous Directors You Can Watch On Youtube
posted by mannequito on Jan 30, 2014 - 8 comments

Columbite Tantalite

Columbite Tantalite is a short film written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, part of the Young Vic Theatre's short films series.
posted by dng on Jan 21, 2014 - 3 comments

A Vimeo short about love and loss

I went through a pretty rough break up this year and it was not great. I wrote and made this in the midst of all that. It's a tombstone and love letter and I hope you enjoy it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 14, 2014 - 14 comments

Howardcantour.com

Howardcantour.com is a short film about an online film critic, directed by Shia LaBeouf and starring Jim Gaffigan. [via]
posted by brundlefly on Dec 16, 2013 - 104 comments

El Empleo / The Employment

El Empleo / The Employment by Santiago 'Bou' Grasso
posted by jeffburdges on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 comments

"Man vs. Woman"

"Man vs. Woman"... vs. Robot vs. Velociraptor (via The Dissolve)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Nov 26, 2013 - 9 comments

Forward March, and other animations from the ESMA arts school

Forward March (YouTube) is a silly little animated film, featuring four formal British military men and a furry fellow who emerges from the sewer. This short is one of the graduation pieces (Google auto-translate; original link) from the French arts school, ESMA (official French site). You can find more short animations on their YouTube and Vimeo accounts.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 8, 2013 - 5 comments

Wes Anderson's The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders

Wes Anderson's The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders Last night Ed Norton hosted Saturday Night Live, and this short film trailer parody was the standout. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol on Oct 27, 2013 - 60 comments

Mickey Mouse and friends, brought back to the 1930s era sense of humor

Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend is a new Disney short, featuring the reanimated corpse of Goofy. With this information, you might get the idea that this is not what you might expect from modern Disney cartoons, and you'd be right. It's one of 19 new shorts that are part of the new Mickey Mouse series of shorts that are inspired by the 1930s era Disney shorts. If you'd like to see more, 11 of the shorts are currently available to view on YouTube (in a playlist with two bonus behind the scenes clips), from the DisneyShorts YouTube acccount. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 19, 2013 - 33 comments

Like a boss

Subway by Omid Singh, Winner of the Audience Award, 2013 No Budget Film Festival, interview with Omid
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 10, 2013 - 3 comments

27 Seconds // Beauty is Boring

Inspired by silent film screen tests of the 1920's, 27 SECONDS is an ongoing video collaboration by BEAUTY IS BORING and THE NEW TOUGH. Working within a set of restrictions (chest to the top of the head, white background, limited time and no sound), the 27 SECONDS series is a moving exploration of the vintage Polaroid format used to create the images for BEAUTY IS BORING.
posted by insectosaurus on Sep 21, 2013 - 5 comments

"Babe, you made a mess..."

Community's Gillian Jacobs would really appreciate it if you would chew with your mouth closed. [SLYT] [PG-13, Possibly NSFW]
posted by gern on Sep 5, 2013 - 43 comments

Pitch Black Heist

Pitch Black Heist. A short film directed by John Maclean and starring Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham as two safe crackers who have to open a safe in a pitch black room.
posted by dng on Aug 31, 2013 - 14 comments

"So what's up? I was just thinking of you."

Requiem for Romance is a short animated film about a difficult phone call. It comes from artist and animator Jonathan Ng.
posted by Sokka shot first on Aug 20, 2013 - 2 comments

Input Translation Output Rotation

Rubix by University of Greenwich student Chris Kelly -  an Escher-like surrealist film which mixes and rotates urban landscapes like a Rubik's Cube, created for his thesis "Time and Relative Dimensions in Space: The Possibilities of Utilising Virtual[ly Impossible] Environments in Architecture." (via)
posted by Artw on Jul 30, 2013 - 7 comments

"You guys...you're all the same!"

While at Cal Arts, before blogs and websites freely shared content, as animation students we would watch short films in a dark cage like room called the Palace. Projected onto the wall we screened “rare” short films, on bulky ¾ inch video cassettes or on mystical DVDs that a teacher had brought in. Of all the shorts we watched in the dingy palace there was one that was etched in my brain as both brilliant and completely insane. It was called “The Big Story,” and it starred three stop motion versions of Kirk Douglas: one as the young up and coming hero, another as the star in his prime, and the third the wise but curmudgie old man. [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Jul 19, 2013 - 11 comments

Tom Scott's Language Files

For several years now, Tom Scott, a young man in Britain, has mostly done silly, entertaining things on YouTube, things like, "Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff," "The Matt Gray High Five Face Off," "Robocoaster Challenge: Reciting Shakespeare while attached to a giant robot arm," "Google Glasses: A New Way to Hurt Yourself," and "Welcome to Life: the singularity, ruined by lawyers" (previously). But recently, he's done a series of videos that are interesting more than they're silly: eight videos which introduce linguistic concepts like phonotactics, clusivity & evidentiality, and the contrast between descriptivism and prescriptivism (he's decidedly the former, fyi).
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 17, 2013 - 11 comments

"Dog Eat Dog"

Zachary Quinto would just like his damn dog now, please. (slyt)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 11, 2013 - 17 comments

Jim Henson's lost Tale of Sand, in graphic novel form by Ramon Perez

Let's think back to the 1960s, when more people were writing surreal, paranoid themes. Now place Jim Henson in that context, and you get Time Piece (YouTube, excerpt; behind the scenes clip, YT). Add in collaboration with writer (and puppeteer) Jerry Juhl and you have The Cube (YT, full film), as well as the setting for the hypnagogic story of a man pursued in the desert, called Tale of Sand. This was first written up as a screenplay and pitched as a movie in the late 1960s, then revised and re-pitched in 1974. But no one bit, so the screenplay was shelved, and then Jim gained fame for Sesame Street and The Muppets. Elements of Tale of Sand appeared in The Muppet Movie (YT, full movie) and other places since then, but the work was largely unseen and forgotten. Jump ahead three decades, and the Henson Company teams up with Archaia, first releasing Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal comics, then digging in the Henson Company vault to bring Tale of Sand to light with cartoonist Ramón Pérez. You can see a preview of the graphic novel on Graphicly (including a nice dynamic display) and Amazon (static images, but more pages in the preview). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 6, 2013 - 8 comments

I prefer a wet San Francisco to a dry Manhattan.

"Adrift is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge."
posted by gman on Jul 5, 2013 - 27 comments

THE END IS EXTREMELY FUCKING NIGH

It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend. From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London (set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings") to the frenzied chaos of its climax, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count). And while sequel 28 Weeks Later with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences in modern horror), and 28 Months looks increasingly unlikely, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 28, 2013 - 90 comments

Runnymede? Paris? Kipling? The possibilities are endless.

"On an average weekday the TTC collects 1,582,000 fares. 180 are collected at Bessarian Station": Finding Bessarion, a short film about exploring the unknown (subway station).thanks to AM for the link
posted by jb on Jun 12, 2013 - 58 comments

Sit up straight!

Short documentary film (SLNYT) about 91 year old George Weedon, former Olympic gymnast. Free posture advice included.
posted by neilb449 on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 comments

The Last Ice Merchant

"The natural ice from Chimborazo is the best ice. The tastiest and sweetest. Full of vitamins for your bones. But nobody wants natural ice from Chimborazo anymore. They have factory ice. My father taught me and my brothers how to work in the ice mines. My name is Baltazar Ushca Tenesaca. Now I'm the only ice merchant of Chimborazo." El Último Hielero (The Last Ice Merchant), is a short documentary. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 3, 2013 - 24 comments

By the Lake, Tasmania

Three young filmmakers from Melbourne, Australia were set to make a short film on the serenity of fly fishing, focusing on a man named Phipps who lived on a lake in central Tasmania. Once they met Phipps, however, that all changed. Here is a glimpse into Phipps' beautiful, quiet world. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 12, 2013 - 44 comments

Viewing is mandatory, citizen!

Judge Minty is a fan film based on a minor character from the comic 2000AD's story Judge Dredd
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 6, 2013 - 17 comments

GIANT GOD WARRIOR APPEARS IN TOKYO

Studio Ghibli presents Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo, a short tokusatsu film. (In Japanese, no subtitles.)
posted by brundlefly on Apr 24, 2013 - 71 comments

The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb

A man, a woman, a monster costume, gun-toting villagers ... The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 6, 2013 - 0 comments

Death is always a mistake

In my experience, news like this is best served with pie.
posted by Hargrimm on Mar 27, 2013 - 12 comments

Do you want an orange?

Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? A short film directed by Miguel Arteta, written by Miranda July, starring John C. Reilly, July, Mike White, and cinematographer Chuy Chávez.
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 15, 2013 - 21 comments

Jazz that nobody asked for, an animated short film

Sometimes you want to be somber, or serious, or just enjoy some peace and quiet. And in some of those instances, you get jazz that nobody asked for. Jazz that just won't die. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 comments

[{-_-}]

Crutchnap by Harmony Korine [SLYT]
posted by Fizz on Mar 7, 2013 - 29 comments

New York Biotopes, abstract plants and creatures growing in NYC

New York Biotopes deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. Set to the music of Man Mantis. More videos from Lena Steinkühler on her Vimeo channel.
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 8, 2013 - 5 comments

Love and a gross misuse of office resources in mid-century New York City

Disney's Oscar-nominated animated short Paperman has just been made available for your viewing delight on the official Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTube channel! [more inside]
posted by brieche on Jan 30, 2013 - 85 comments

"Now there's just 3 minutes and 33 seconds left."

Voice Over [SLVimeo]
posted by Chutzler on Jan 25, 2013 - 15 comments

Two short films by Matthew Holness

The Snipist - a post-apocalyptic nightmare set in a post-rabies Britain (warning: absolutely bleak). A Gun For George - a short film about crime-writer Terry Finch, author of the 70s Kentish fiction masterpieces The Reprisalizer. [more inside]
posted by dng on Jan 24, 2013 - 17 comments

Helping you maintain

High maintenance: a nameless cannabis delivery guy delivers his much-needed medication to stressed-out New Yorkers in this character-driven web series.
posted by matthewr on Jan 13, 2013 - 46 comments

Initializing Motivation Protocol

"It's amazing what can be done with nothing more than a computer, time and a boatload of talent." R'ha is a short film created in seven months by aspiring director Kaleb Lechowski, 22.
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jan 11, 2013 - 15 comments

Dibs!

The Glitch [slyt]
posted by cthuljew on Dec 17, 2012 - 17 comments

Talkin Like Walken

Walking With Walken, a short film [10min] from 2001 about an amateur comedian who maybe takes his Christopher Walken impressions a little too seriously.
posted by mannequito on Dec 13, 2012 - 10 comments

The End

Act Of Faith and Jimmy's End, short films by written Alan Moore and directed by Mitch Jenkins - dreamy, dark, disturbing and possibly NSFW (MLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 comments

Gentle giant

Teddy Bear(trailer) is a movie about a Danish bodybuilder in search of love. Kim Kold, actual bodybuilder, stars. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 13, 2012 - 7 comments

Sets for a film I'll never make

Daniel Agdag, a Melbourne based artist and filmmaker, is presenting his first solo show, “Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make”. A playful nod to his short career as an animator, “Sets for a film…” presents a meticulous industrial world of his own imagining. The unassuming use of boxboard as a medium belies an elaborate world of transmission and communication that preserves the incessant redundancies of the modern industrial world. His short films have screened worldwide, and garnered a Dendy Award and an AFI nomination. His work has been described as architectural in form, whimsical in nature and inconceivably intricate. [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Oct 23, 2012 - 2 comments

'Afghan'

'Afghan' is a short film by Pardis Parker about finding 'Go Home Arab' spray-painted on his car.
posted by secretdark on Oct 20, 2012 - 16 comments

Enter the Freeman

Enter the Freeman is a short film based on Half Life. [more inside]
posted by ersatz on Oct 12, 2012 - 25 comments

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