7 Short Films & More From Around The Web

March 27, 2013 at 8:19 am

The Post Short Films

Have you watched a short film today?

FRIENDSHEEP

A wolf tries to work in an office full of sheep.

Directed by Jaime Maestro

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LIKE GRAINS OF SAND

“A short film that shows we are all the same.”

Written & Directed by Charles D. Conklyn

FLAMINGO PRIDE

“The Story of the only heterosexual Flamingo in his desperate attempt to find love.”

Directed by Tomer Eshed

40 YEARS

“As a child, David witnesses the death of his younger brother.  40 years on, his days are haunted by a powerful nemesis.”

Directed by Russell Appleford

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ON HOW TO FEEL BETTER

“Please follow these steps and you will be okay.”

Directed by Joshua Kang

A GUY, A GIRL AND THEIR MONSTER

“Having a Monster for a roommate is not always easy.”

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MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB

ANIMATION | Paper Age

FEATURE FILM | Gettin’ Some

SHORT FILM | The Astrological Whipping Boy

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I Built My First Movie Shelf & I Have The Scar To Prove It

March 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

I Built My First Movie Shelf & I Have The Scar To Prove It

8 STITCHES? REALLY?

When I was in 9th grade, we had to take a shop class equally divided between automotive, wood working & electricity.  My interests didn’t really align with any of them but I did my best.  When 11th grade came along, I decided to take a full semester of wood working as it was my favorite of the three.

We started small, creating simple projects while learning about the tools and… Ahem…  Safety.

Towards the end of the semester, we were given free reign to create whatever we wanted for our final project.  Naturally, I decided to make a movie shelf.  I had began working at a local Pizza Hut so I had money to buy used VHS tapes.  My collection was beginning to grow and I needed something to hold my movies.

The shelf I had in mind could not have been simpler to build yet I found a way to screw it up.  In the process, I changed the way they taught wood shop safety forever.

THE PLANER

A planer is used to make planks of wood thinner.  I was using it to create my frame and shelves.  Now…  a key step in the process is to never set the machine to shave off too much wood at once.  The wood gets stuck in the blades.

When a plank gets stuck, the procedure is to shut off the machine and use another piece of scrap wood to free the wood.  I shut off the machine but failed to wait long enough for the blades to slow down.  Being an intelligent human being, I grabbed a metal ruler to fight against the planer’s sharp teeth.  The second the wood was free the ruler nicked the blades and came flying out of the machine.

It sliced a huge cut in the palm of my hand and I immediately went into shock.

I raised my hand and class went silent.  The teacher sent a student to get the vice principal and wrapped my hand.  They called an ambulance and my Dad while my friends straddled the line between laughter and concern.  I was actually okay until the paramedics got there and told me I needed stitches.

I’m not a fan of needles.  In order to get stitches they have to numb the area with a needle and then use a separate needle to stitch the wound.  The color drained from my face.  Throughout my life, I’ve experienced injuries but they were always related to sports.  I was an enormous sissy about the stitches.  My Dad could tell I was terrified and smiled accordingly.

After a long wait in the emergency room, it was finally time to get stitched up.  It hurt but I got over it…  Above all else, I’m thankful the ruler didn’t hit my thumb.  The doctor told me I could have lost it if the ruler hit me at a different angle.  Even now I think about how lucky I got and what a wimp I was.

I eventually finished the shelf and I still have it to this day although it’s buried in a closet somewhere.  From what I’ve heard, the story of the idiot who needed 8 stitches is told on the first day of school…  Every year.

One Trek… One No Trek

March 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

One Trek...  One No Trek | Original Star Trek vs New Star Trek J.J Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness

THE FIRST GENERATION VS THE NEW GENERATION

Welcome to a new 3 part series on The Athletic Nerd.  One Trek.  One No Trek.  A debate between two very different Star Trek Fans.  It’s a look at the evolution of the franchise and the characters we love or have grown to love.

A friend of mine is a massive fan of the original Star Trek series.  But…  To say he disliked J.J Abrams’ 2009 reboot would be an understatement.

I’ve never seen an episode of the original series but I absolutely adored the new Star Trek.

Star-Trek-Series-vs-Star-Trek-Into-Darkness

Contrasting viewpoints to say the least.  With Star Trek Into Darkness on it’s way to theaters in May, there’s no better time to debate old school vs new school.  A life long, die hard fan vs A new recruit. (Lens flares vs no lens flares)

Click here for Round ONE

XTRA | Top 5 Moments: Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer #1

XTRA | 44 movies to look forward to in 2013

More Short Films, Trailers & Indie Projects

March 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

The Post Short Films

Have you watched a short film today?

PAPER WAR

“Paper Diaosi* living in a white paper world always has nothing to do. One day, he sees an amazing beauty living on the opposite side of his building. When he is about to propose, the second Paper Diaosi shows up, it makes him furious. In order to get the beauty’s love, the two Paper Diaosi begin to fight each other. Time pasts every second. The beauty starts to lose patient. Who will win her love?
*Diaosi in Chinese means someone who is young, poor, miserable but never loses hopes for a better live.” (Vimeo)

Written and Directed by Zhang Zhe

PROJECT KRONOS

Project Kronos is an upcoming documentary film following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds, the scientists find themselves questioning whether the space agency’s solution to achieving interstellar space travel is ethical at all.

Written and Directed by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull

 

LEFT A JAR

“The story of a young man’s ambition and the realisation of a long-lasting dream… to open a jar of honey.”

Directed by Stuart Laws

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HENRi

“an emotionally powerful short film, which explores human existence at the most fundamental, personal level—what it means to be a conscious individual.”

Written and directed by Eli Sasich

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NATALIS

“Natalis tells the story of the robot Ea, who is threatened by visions and fear of a devastating future. To avoid this, she has to decide about the life or death of the newborn baby creature, Enki.” (Vimeo)

A student short film directed by animation students Daniel Brkovic and Jan-Marcel Kuehn.

MUM

“A mother and son. An early morning start. An eagerly anticipated road trip. It’s something they’ve done many times. Each adventure holds its own memories – moments to cherish for a lifetime.

Only, this trip is different. It’s not about making new memories. This time it’s about letting go.  But with such power in the urge to cling to life and to those you love, how do you find the words to say goodbye? Especially when this trip is the last. And time has run out…”

Written by James Norton and Directed by Christopher Norton

MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB

WEBSITE | BLINKAMOVIE | “A new short film cinema which provides social viewing experience together with high quality short films.”

WEBSITE | FESTQUEST | “Research, rate and review film festivals and screening venues for your produced content.”

FEATURE FILM | TEN | Psychological horror directed by Michael Epstein | Website

TRAILER | SCRATCHED | Directed by F H Deiter

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Top 10 Moments: Jurassic Park

March 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Top 10 Moments: Jurassic Park

WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK

To steal a line from Seth MacFarlane, Jurassic Park needs no introduction…

10. GENNARO

This…  This is just unfortunate.

9. SICK TRICERATOPS

This entire scene is breathtaking but my favorite moment is Dr. Grant’s fascination with the dino’s breathing.  I’m not sure I’d be in a rush to give an actual Triceratops a hug though.

8. HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS

Samuel L. Jackson.  His role isn’t big but, as always, he makes the most of it.  Just think, if the system reset DIDN’T work, he might have survived.

7. T-REX VS RAPTORS

The penultimate moment in the film is fantastic.  Who doesn’t get excited thinking about a T-Rex hurling a Raptor into a fossil display?

6. LIFE FINDS A WAY

Dr. Ian Malcolm is overwhelmed by the science of that place.  It’s a quiet moment that wonderfully foreshadows what can happen when you play with Dino DNA.

5. FEEDING RAPTORS

If I had to choose between the goat or this poor cow, I’d be the goat.  Either way it’s bad but those raptors…  They’re really something.

4. DILOPHOSAURUS

This dinosaur scared me more than any other in Jurassic Park.  There’s something about the sound it makes and that vicious shaking…  head… flap… that I find terrifying.

3. CLEVER GIRL

What must have gone through his mind when he realized he was about to be devoured…  Gross…

2. VISUAL ACUITY

Don’t move and your chances of survival increase.  (Just ask Gennaro)  But NOT moving also created one of the more suspenseful moments during the big T-Rex attack.

1. WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK

I consider this moment to be one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history.  Everything came together and we all watched in awe as dinosaurs roamed on the big screen.  Truly one of the most memorable movie moments of all time.

Click here for more Movie Countdowns.

ANOTHER TAKE

No one I know loves Jurassic Park more than my good friend Eric.  I asked him to weigh-in with his top 10 moments as well:

10. THE GOAT
9. SIX FOOT TURKEY
8. CLEVER GIRL
7. CHILEAN SEA BASS/”WHO’S HUNGRY”
6. CHAOS THEORY
5. T-REX VS RAPTORS
4. RAPTORS IN THE KITCHEN
3. FEEDING RAPTORS
2. T-REX ATTACK
1. WELCOME TO JURASSIC PARK

What’s your favorite Jurassic Park Moment?