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This week's SATURDAY SHORTS are sure to brighten your day!

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a whole slew of awesome shorts for your viewing pleasures. We've got a lovely assortment of some pretty funny bits of comedy gold that are sure to help brighten your day. Some had a budget of nothing, were shot on the weekends with borrowed equipment, and others clearly had a budget of so meting, but who cares? A good film is a good film, so I hope you can enjoy each one of these guys for what they really are, a kickass story done right. If you've checked out SATURDAY SHORTS before, then you know what your in for - a damn good time.

As I've stated from day one, I try to watch every short for its entire duration when I receive them and because of that I still have around a hundred emails in my inbox that I've still not been able to get a look at, so if you've submitted a short in the last few weeks, chances are I've not seen it, but absolutely plan on it. If you don't see your short up here or haven't yet, please be understanding and don't take it personally. This is a special pocket of film appreciation, not necessarily the place to go beat up on Michael Bay or hear tidbits of news spread by a studio's PR department - these are shorts submitted by AICN readers for other AICN readers to check out, so let's just have some fun and see some things we might not otherwise be privy to.

So let's get to it! Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here.

Let's rock.





We're kicking this week off with a crazy fun short starring The Tick himself, Mr. Patrick "Ultimate Badass" Warbuton. Director Justin Lutsky's short kicks your ass in the funniest, most badass way possible. If you dig it, then be sure to check out BLOOD FROM A STONE, which seems to swim in the same pond as this big dog.

If At First You Don't Succeed... You Must Be Ace Mulligan!
When lives are on the line... When there's danger at every turn... When clichés run amuck... Sometimes the best thing to do is call Mulligan!  Ace Mulligan!  Starring PATRICK WARBURTON, “The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving Lives” is a laugh-out-loud action-comedy that takes you behind the scenes of Ace Mulligan’s perilous and not-always-successful mission to stop the bad guys, get the girl, and save the day. It’s not always easy being an action hero!
Produced entirely from concept to screen in just under 6 1/2 weeks and shot in 4 nights.  This ambitious, micro-budget short was made possible through collaboration with a talented and dedicated cast and crew.
a Justin Lutsky film -
Staring: Patrick Warburton, Brett Simmons, Sean Naughton, Andrea Bogart
Produced by: Keegan Wilcox, Clint Carmichael, Justin Lutsky
Written by: Brett Simmons, Opie Cooper
After following that beast of a short, I better have something damn awesome to follow it up and well, I absolutely do with Rob Neilson's nostalgicly told vision of hobos running amok. I love the style of this short so damn much, it succeeds where so many shorts seem to fall a little flat. It rides that line of funny, old school, awesome so incredibly well. I think you guys will dig it.
THE HOBO MENACE is a warning shot fired across America's bow. With the economy in shambles, an ominous shadow looms on our horizon….THE HOBO.

So before it's too late, join Little Billy and his older brother Timmy. Using a new secret weapon they will teach you how to defend your town from itinerant rail riders.

Take heed, the life that you save…could be your own.
Here we are with this piece of love of beer translated to film. The film was made for Dogfishead Brewery beer. (If I'm not mistaken, the company asked all sorts of people to build a short around the beer for a contest, so TalkBackers - No, this is not just a blatant advertisement.) Mitch Cansadi's film embraces the crazy zaniness of gore much like a Troma film, so fair warning - it might not be for some. I dig it, so here's hoping you might.
Up next is Steve Peterson's motion graphics heavy short that feels like an uplifting THEY LIVE. I really, really dug the vibe of this one.
A girl gets a pair of magic glasses that let's her see the truth in the world.
Link to some more info on the film on my web site that has some BEHIND THE SCENES photos:
Note:  I made the film because I wanted to try out a bunch of new visual effect and animation ideas in a fun, short live action story.  I wish I had a pair of those magic glasses!  Ha..
Me too, Steve.
There seems to be a distrust of girl scouts out there... Mike Foulke shot in this funny little piece and it's certainly worth checking out.
I was watching the shorts this week as always when I came upon "Get Off My Porch" which I enjoyed very much and reminded me of a short I did for the 26th director contest of The ABC's of Death called "T is for Temptation."  The top ten films in the contest made the finals, so of course out of 175 entries, I came in 11th, but it was still a great experience.

I was very happy to see that the talkbacker justmyluck actually remembered my short from the contest and mentioned it in the talkbacks, so I thought it may be fun to include in a future entry in the shorts program.  Mine is about an overeager girl scout who won't take no for an answer, but she may have bitten off more than she can chew when she knocks on the door of a serial killer.  The short stars veteran character actor Daniel Roebuck and a little girl named Ashley Lynn Switzer. 

It isn't nearly as involved as "Get Off My Porch," because the rules of the contest stipulated no longer than 4 minutes, so we had to get in and get out.  Also, we had a budget of about $400 total, most of which went to catering.  I was calling a lot of favors with this one.  No cast or crew were paid, just a labor of love.

Funny story, Daniel showed up on the morning of the shoot and let us know he had double-booked that day by accident, so we ended having to shoot the whole movie in a half a day.  It was a bit of whirlwind, but it was fun.
Here we are with an oddity, a short from the folks over at Red Giant lead by director Seth Worley. I personally use Red Giant stuff all the time, along with perusing Creative Cow, and Andrew Kramer's, and in case you have no clue what I'm talking about (Though I feel a giant ton of you do), these are the leading visfx big dogs (in terms of online help for no budget filmmakers), the websites you go to that give you free tutorials on how to tackle big expensive looking visfx bits for your own projects and sell all sorts of kickass plugins for After Effects and FCP or... Nevermind, let's focus on the short. This is a fun little short with an epic feel that I had a fun time watching. Give it a shot, I think you might too.

A young filmmaker obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.


Director: Seth Worley

Executive Producer: Aharon Rabinowitz


Watch the Behind The Scenes documentary at:

And there we are with the last short of the day, but what's that? You want to keep this shorts watching explosion of greatness going strong? Kickass! Here's list of previous columns below. I like to think of them as different theaters, so feel free to pop into any of them and give them a shot!













If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!

Shoot me an email at ""

In the subject line include:

“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”

Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.

Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.  I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.

Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (Just don't be a dick) I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? What are your thoughts?



- Mike McCutchen




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