Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here and boy oh boy do I have a few truly epic animated shorts for you today. It might be a tad obvious I'm in love with films of all lengths that have some crazy scope or hook to them - in other words, give me a laser gun fight in the middle of the desert with man eating giant gerbils chasing after a group of folk as opposed to a one room chain-smoking talkathon of pretentiousness any day. With animation, you're truly only limited by your imagination. Want to have the "camera" drop from the ceiling through a few fan blades and then enter your main character's ear and come out their nose? Bam, totally possible. Want to show an elephant with a rocket pack flying around blowing stuff up? Bam, completely do-able. Below you'll find some animated shorts, sent in by fellow movie loving AICN folk, that truly blew me away and I can only hope they do the same for you. Feel free to make use of the TalkBacks below and share your thoughts with the filmmakers. I'm always surprised at who I find out actually reads through them - so who knows, if you've got a question about particular filmmaker - TalkBack to them in the forums below. (Just don't be an asshole)
So 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:
RUMBLESEAT - THE SADIES
This music video is just too cool not to check out. I've never heard of the band before or Mike Roberts, the short's incredibly talented filmmaker. Check out Mike's website HERE.
Rumbleseat is an animated short film based on the music of The Sadies set in a world created by animator and director Mike Roberts. Based on classic westerns and rockabilly culture, the film centers around a young man who finds himself in the back of a hot rod occupied by four sinister ghouls. From the Rumbleseat of their car, he journeys through moments of his life and realizes he must make peace with what heʼs left behind and find insight as to what has led him to this strange world.
Rumbleseat -The Sadies from Mike Roberts on Vimeo.
And just for kicks, here's a funny little Super Man video from Mike as well (TRT: 2:26):
Oh, Super. from Mike Roberts on Vimeo.
(NOTES ON) BIOLOGY
Here's a rather unique film from the gang over at Ornana FIlms sent in by Joseph Morris. It's a clever animation that occurs in the notebook of a bored student in biology class. A robot elephant steals the show as he fights to take back what humanity has stolen from him. Explosions ensue.
(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo.
Up next we have director Christopher Kezelos's beautiful film that explores what it means to be different for everyone else. In a world that judges people by their number, Zero faces constant prejudice and persecution. He walks a lonely path until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.
THE LADY AND THE REAPER
Director Javier Recio Gracia brings us another fun and stunningly composed short. A sweet old lady is living alone in her farm, waiting for the arrival of death to meet her beloved husband again. One night, while sleeping, her life fades away and she is invited to cross death's door. But just as she is about to do so, the old lady wakes up inside a hospital ward; an arrogant doctor has brought her back to life and he will fight hard against death to keep the old lady alive at any cost.
And that's it ladies and gents, this week's selection. I'll see you all next week, but hey check out some of the past SATURDAY SHORTS if you're jonesing for quality shorts sent in by many talented filmmakers:
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