Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this weeks barrage of short film badassness, this time with twice the Sci-Fi and half the fat. In case my incredibly witty word play with the headline didn't tip you off, below are a handful of some great science fiction goodies hand selected by yours truly. Heads up - the majority of these films aren't your standard out of this world, robot filled, dudes with laser guns kind of Sci-Fi, they're more of a nice contemporary TWILIGHT ZONE vibe all packed to the brim with a quality and an authenticness that's rather apparant. As I went through the science fiction shorts that have accumulated lately, I realized a rather hefty amount I've gotten have come from a 48 hour film competition out of London. Something must be in the water over there, becuase I've really dug quite a few of them and think you guys will too. So let's do this thing, eh? And as always, remember the directors could be floating around in the Talk Backs below. If you've got any comments/questions/anything really, by all means shoot them out. And on that note, my hopes are you dig the films screening today, but if you don't - that's totally cool, I just like them and think they're damn neat - no need to go out of your way to bring the troll rage out and bring the party down.
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:
First up is Dan Sollis's crazy sci-fi fun film based on a book by Zack Parsons. It is 1874 and Gideon Long is dying. Wandering the savage desert of the New Mexico Territory, he craves a last drink before he bleeds out. On the brink of madness, he discovers a place best left forgotten and makes an insidious bargain: escape his fate and incur a debt too great for one man. His country will pay the price over the twisting course of more than a century and Gideon will learn there are worse things to bargain with than the devil.
Liminal States from OooO on Vimeo.
Here we are with a rather original and visually interesting film from Richard Alexander. "Noumena" follows the journey of a prisoner, who is taken into a facility and tested, against her will, in dream and temporal experiments, where she discovers an alternate universe and its keeper, The Guardian.Mariah Bonner takes the title role of the prisoner and Charlotte Van Kemmel portrays the ethereal Guardian. Dallas Munger and Curtis Nelson portray The Guards with Wayne Hellstrom as The Experimenter."Noumena" is written & directed by Richard M. Alexander and produced by Ryan Ramirez. Among the creative behind-the-scenes team are director of photography Tobias Deml, production designer Marco Diaz, storyboard artist & conceptualist Wade Wilson, composer Giuseppe Vasapolli, sound designer Bronic Bednarek, and make-up artist Kristen Calderon. Casting and Wardrobe managed by Simonique Amirian. Check out the film's Facebook page HERE.
Up next is a film that was written, shot, and chopped all within the span of 48 hours for a film competition. To me, it goes to show how if you have the right group of talented people - you can still pump out a damn high quality film regardless of budget. Will McGregor and his team knock it out of the park with this one, a simple well told and visually interesting story - what more could you want?
6 MINUTE JUMP
Leo Payne sent in his London 48 hour film as well and again, holy shit - those English seem to know what's up with science fiction and hitting the ground running. It's another excellent film and is nothing at all like ERADICATE above. This one's definitely one of those films where the more you watch it, the richer it becomes - there's some meat to it for you to chew on.
'6 Minute Jump' - 2nd Place Winner - Sci Fi London 48 Hr Film Challenge. from Liam OC on Vimeo.
BAM! So there we have it, this week's last film of the evening. I hope you guys and gals enjoyed these shorts as much as I did. Now it's back to the jungles for Muldoon! I'll see you fine folks next week with some... Actually, what genre of film are you guys feeling like? Horror? Comedy? Drama? Action? Ask and you shall receive, but in the mean time - if you're new to SATURDAY SHORTS and want to check out some other really cool shorts that have screened here, here's an evergrowing list of filmic fun:
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 AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?
- Mike McCutchen