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.
THE ACTION HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING LIVES
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.
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.
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.
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: https://vimeo.com/24747132
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 "Mike@aintitcool.com"
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