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Short Film: “Waltz for One” from Intellectual Propaganda

January 28th, 2013 Comments off

Several months ago, I received an email from one of the producers of the low budget short film Waltz for One. I guess they had scanned the web for blogs that posted short films from time to time and somehow came across mine. One form letter (which sadly went unread for a few months) later, and I’m clicking through to Vimeo to watch an impressive work that was completed on a reported budget of $700.

It’s actually quite well done and manages to both capture the idea of loneliness while also making you smile. It was released online, appropriately, on the 49th anniversary of Valery Bykovsky’s record solo space flight. Click through to give it a view.
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Music Video / Short Film – Rendezvous’ “The Murf” by Scott Benson

September 11th, 2011 Comments off

Not really sure how best to describe this elegant, at times almost fractal animation. The story seems a bit rushed at times, but you can pretty easily make it out. With limited emoting from the protagonists, this is an impressive feat of storytelling. The video is clearly an exhibition of both the scoring and the animation (it is actually a music video of sorts), but the storytelling is rather pithy and well done.

Rendezvous – The Murf from Scott Benson on Vimeo.

A story about growing up in the universe.

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Short Film: “Eyrie” by David Wolter

July 27th, 2011 Comments off

The below animated short by David Wolter (a Dreamworks employee with a blog here) is beautiful, interesting and touching… all without a word spoken. This is how you do short form visual art.

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Short Film: “Wanting Alex” by Chris Akers

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

There’s nothing really distinctive about this short film, but it excels at entertaining and being moderately funny. Besides the unrealistic nature of finding a $900 per month, two bedroom triplex within walking distance of the Grove, there were plenty of moments in the film that rang true.

Directed by Chris Akers, the film stars John Forest, Wesley Stiller and Katharine Brandt as Alex. Forest, in particular, is excellent as the beleaguered everyman with the occasional Zach Morris ability to speak to the camera. Enjoy if you’ve got 20 minutes to spare.

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Short Film: “Blood On My Name” by Brandon McCormick

May 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Sometimes a short film is so gripping and well made that you get caught up in the action, character and vibe so much that your heart races as it would in a dramatic full length film. This is one such work.

Director Brandon McCormick, a veteran of the short film genre, wrote and directed this film for Whitestone Motion Pictures. It features two somewhat familiar faces in Justin Welborn and Sean Bridges in the primary roles.

It’s well acted, interestingly conceived (if not murky) and scored with a vengeance. Yes, the last three minutes are hardly traditional in their mix of acting and scoring, but it works and works quite well.

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Short Film: “Late Bloomer” by Craig Macneill

April 29th, 2011 Comments off

“Late Bloomer” is an acclaimed short film from 2004 that was an official selection at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2004 Lake Placid Film Festival. Narrated by writer Clay Mcleod Chapman, it tells the story of a young boy (Sam Borenzweig) and his classmates as they experience their first sex education class.

Apparently based upon the works of HP Lovecraft (I don’t know enough about Lovecraft’s many novels to opine on any inspiration or comparisons), the short film is, at times, humorous and equally uncomfortable. It has a very grunge music video vibe, almost as if we’re being transported to a decidedly un-tragic, but still somewhat traumatized version of the classroom where Pearl Jam‘s Jeremy spoke (that epic music video is linked below).

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Short Film: “Notte Sento” by Daniele Napolitano

April 16th, 2011 Comments off

If one enjoyed the Ethan Hawke, Julie Delphy vehicle Before Sunrise, that person would likely be somewhat familiar with and perhaps enjoy the below short film by Italian Daniele Napolitano.

The truly intriguing part of the film is that it was shot using stop motion and a high-end retail Canon digital camera. The end result is a bit hard to gauge. The cinematography is, at times, stunning; however, the flow of the film is a bit jarred by the nature of stop-motion photography.

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Short Film: “BlinkyTM” by Ruairi Robinson

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

This short film by Ruairi Robinson may not be perfect (in particular, the final 3 minutes or so are just a bit immature relative to the potential storyline flashed in the first 8), but it is entertaining and Max Records puts in a performance on par with his successful debut in Where the Wild Things Are. Definitely worth a view.

[Edit: It looks like they made the video private on their Vimeo site.  I’ll leave it embedded after the jump, but it doesn’t appear to be freely available anymore.]

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