Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week's lineup of some damn fine shorts. This week (in case you missed the title) features a hefty amount of raw science fiction films created and submitted by fellow AICN readers. I've got myself a sweet tooth for good sci/fi and if you're like me, then you're about to get cavity-ed up with this week's selection. I truly do feel this is one of the strongest SATURDAY SHORTS I've been able to put together in a good while, with gem after gem after gem of shorts that knocked me off my feet on some way or another. We've got robots, alternate universes, future worlds, and high tech weaponry awaiting your viewing pleasures. I implore you to get each of the films below a little bit of your time. If any of them stand out to you or if you're not 100% satisfied with this week's line up, shoot your mouth off in the Talk Backs below and let's hear your thoughts. (Just don't be an asshole.) This is definitely a "full screen/volume up/give it all your attention" kind of SATURDAY SHORTS.
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:
TRT: (Four "episodes" roughly six minutes a piece)
I don't typically feature webisodes or serialized content here, but with DRONE I was just taken aback at how well crafted the thing is and to be quite honest, I feel it's a short that's cut into four episodes - so we're good. Below you will find all four episodes sent in by filmmaker Robert Glickert. DRONE "features a robot that was designed by Ben Mauro and Long Ouyang from Weta, and stars Lance Reddick from Fringe / The Wire."
AGAINST THE WALL
And here we have Jeff Haber's dive into future games. He's built a strong and believable world/universe in this that feels pretty damn original. I really dig it and hope you do too!
This next one comes to us from Barcelona Spain from BAMF PRODUCCIONES and Edu Quindós. It's based on the comic "Gear School" from by Dark Horse, written by Adam Gallardo with illustrations from Estudio Fenix. It's an adaptation and while I've never read the comic, I think the short is something fierce.
THE SECRET NUMBER
This next short comes to us from a group of SCAD filmmakers, and it's nothing short of freaking awesome. The film's producer, Frank Ponce, shot this one in back in June, so I'm glad to fianlly get to screen it with you ladies and gents.
"Dr. Tomlin, a psychiatrist, has a disturbing conversation with one of his patients – a brilliant number theorist hell-bent on proving the existence of “bleem,” a secret integer between three and four.
Absurd as it may be, Tomlin can't shake the idea. After a particularly troubling psychiatric session, Tomlin begins to dig deeper into the nature of his patient's delusion - but only uncovers more questions. When the mathematician mysteriously disappears from the hospital, Tomlin rushes into the hospital to behold a final message -- confirming his hunch that their fates are deeply entwined."
BUSINESS AS USUAL
And to round out this weekend's shorts is a gorgeously rich animated science fiction musical film sent to us by Kevin Kurytnik. "Business as Usual is an animated calaveras to the people of Earth, a darkly comic look at life in the city in the year 2110."
Business As Usual from Fifteen Pound Pink Productions on Vimeo.
And that's it this week ladies and gents. I'll be seeing you fine folks next week, but wait - what's that? You want more shorts? Bam! Got you covered, click on any of the links below to be transported to a magical world of badass shorts:
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