Archive for the ‘Short Films’ Category

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The Eight Percent- Alexander Poe Short

March 9, 2009

Great to see a new short film from Alexander Poe!  I still remember his previous work that I had posted about and Valerie and Please Forget I Exist are memorable and superbly done.  His new one, The Eight Percent, is lighter than those stories but has a similar theme of human interaction which is showcased well with Benjamin McKenzie from the O.C. and Ashley Williams who I remember from Huff a few years back.

His film has been chosen to be one of five in a viewers choice competition for short films run by Delta.  The winning short will be shown at the end of the Tribeca Film Festival which will be happening at the end of April.  I watched the other shorts as well and while some are good, I have to say that The Eight Percent is the best among them so will hopefully get the votes and be shown to the wider audience at Tribeca.

Thankfully somebody has ripped the copy from the Delta site and put it up on YouTube- per Alexander Poe’s blog there are a lot of enthusiastic fans out there for Mr. McKenzie and in his own words ‘It’s a little more jittery than the Delta version but hey, publicity is publicity and isn’t getting bootlegged the mark of having made it in today’s film world?’

I say thankfully because I had no end of trouble with Delta’s video hosting and almost gave up watching the others with the number of times I had to reload the videos and watch them from the beginning again.

Voting ends on the 12th of April so head over to Delta to vote.  If you are curious about Alexander Poe’s other projects then check out his production site Redux Productions or his YouTube channel.

The Eight Percent

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I Met The Walrus

November 22, 2008

Spotted on Eardrums

What an excellent short film- a teenager interviewing John Lennon combined with some great animation make some compelling viewing.

The blurb…

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

I Met The Walrus

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Future Shorts

October 18, 2008

I have been looking at similar tags a bit too often over the last while- something that is time consuming and often leads nowhere useful.  Thankfully though, I did follow the link to Future Shorts– some excellent quality short films that they have collected and put up on their YouTube channel.

Some of them I have seen already from other sources but I came across the rather cute La Tartine which is very well done and reminiscent of the Lumiere song and dance sequence in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast…and funnily enough of Moulin Rouge at the same time.  In French with English subtitles.

La Tartine


There was also a video for Cut Copy in there and while really a music video I am including it here since they played a bloody storming gig at Electric Picnic- they are back in Dublin on the 15 Nov at the Village (and conflicting with TV On The Radio…argghhh)

Hearts On Fire

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La Apertura

October 18, 2008

A short I came across a while back- not exactly short since it weighs in at 22 min but it’s really worth your time.  A story of friends and relationships with great acting and lots of tango!  Nearly makes me want to take up tango myself but I need a tall woman for that- apply in the comments below;-)

La Apertura

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Short Cut

October 18, 2008

A short that I came across a while back- hardly any dialogue and a bit on the long side but some good imagery and cinematography.

Short Cut

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Weightless by Erika Janunger

October 12, 2008

Came across this a while ago when I wasn’t so busy elsewhere…

A short film with some innovative dancing and will keep you wondering how some of the sequences were filmed- good tune to boot!

Weightless

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Try- Short Film

May 3, 2008

One of the best short films I have come across in YouTube recently- a bit on the long side but worth every moment and is just excellent work. I don’t want to give away too much but it is a great concept with the voice over describing feelings, dreams, and emotions that most of us could relate to- however the life that is shown in the film is quite the opposite.

Sobering and disturbing but it makes you think.

A slight bit more information in Wiki about it and the video for the Smashing Pumpkins song Try, Try, Try which was directed by Jonas Åkerlund who directed the above as well.

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Tenacious D & LSD – Short Film

May 3, 2008

As only Jack and Kyle could do- title says it all and it’s just bloody hilarious!

Note- if you haven’t come across any of Tenacious D‘s work before and only know that Jack Black is in it then you might be a wee bit shocked.

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Vincent- Short Film

May 3, 2008

Vincent is quite a humorous animated short film by Tim Burton and narrated by Vincent Price.

The blurb:

Vincent Malloy is seven years old, he’s always polite and does what he’s told.  For a boy his age he’s considerate and nice, but he wants to be just like Vincent Price.   He doesn’t mind living with his sister, dog and cats, though he’d rather share a home with spiders and bats.  There he could reflect on the horrors he’s invented,  and wander dark hallways alone and tormented.

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The Glitch- Short Film

May 3, 2008

Was in YouTube last night checking out any new short films…came across lots of stuff but as always it takes quite a bit of digging.  There are quite a few good ones though-albeit some are very long so starting with the shorter ones.

The Glitch has Jason Biggs of American Pie fame and while not earth shattering it is well done.