Short Films, Animation, Trailers and More!

May 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

The Post Short Films

Have you watched a short film today?

OBSOLETE

“Obsolete tells the story of a robot starting work in a decrepit toy factory. Trapped in the factory all its life it is curious about the outside world, watching a bird through the factory wall each day. When it mistakes a toy on the production line for the bird one day it sets the robots escape in motion.”

Created by Lewis Gray

FRENCH TOAST

“In a fancy Parisian Café, an uptight businessman is about to pay the check when he finds out that he has lost his wallet. To save time he decides to order more coffee.”

This Oscar Nominated Short film (2010) was created by Fabrice O. Joubert

GROW UP ALREADY

“After being dumped by his girlfriend Winnie, Andy Mott is determined to win her back — the only problem is, he’s got a LOT of growing up to do.” (Vimeo)

Written & Directed by Richard Keith

DANGER PLANET

“During a routine scan on a distant planet, a young space scout finds romance with a female pilot. But when peril strikes the two star-crossed explorers, he must face what lurks in the darkness of the planet to rescue the girl.”

Danger Planet is an animated short created by students at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.

POLYPORE

“In this quirky Sci-Fi adventure, a young man must cope with involuntary telepathy, a potion-induced transformation, teleporting agents and a clone reincarnation, all while dodging an evil corporation that wants to harvest his brain for knowledge”

Directed by Jesse Barack

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Discover 25 Inspiring Screenwriting Blogs

May 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

The Screenwriting Spark

SO MANY SCREENWRITING BLOGGERS TO DISCOVER

So far, I’ve highlighted The Ultimate Guide to Screenwriting Websites in this series of posts.  Next up, 25 of the best screenwriting blogs out there.  What I find fascinating about these blogs is the personal touch.  The screenwriting journey is different for us all and reading about different perspectives can definitely put things into perspective.

VISIT THE SCREENWRITING BLOGS HERE.

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Fast & Furious 6: Super Summer Blockbuster

May 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Fast & Furious 6: Super Summer Blockbuster | Review 2013

CARS, TRUCKS, TANKS, PLANES, CHASES, FIGHTS, EXPLOSIONS & MORE!

I love action movies. Actually I love movies in every genre… But holy crap do I love action movies! 

Fast Five was an entirely new direction for this explosive franchise but it was Rock solid.  They way this franchise has evolved over 6 films is truly remarkable.  But…  I have to tell you…  If they keep raising the bar like they did with Fast & Furious 6, I don’t know if my brain can handle  Fast & Furious 7,8,9, 10 and beyond!

Much like the series itself, this movie begins with a focus on the importance of family.  Before you know it, you’re right in the middle of a tank battle on the streets of Spain.  The action sequences just kept getting bigger and crazier and the film progressed.  It’s pure fun on the big screen.

Now, I’ve praised the film’s action a lot already but Fast 6 is not without it’s flaws.  This franchise has a reputation for giant plot holes and…  ahem…  convenient character moments.  Not too mention cheesy dialogue and awkward humor.  They are all back in the sixth installment…  But this movie recovers from these moments better than any other film in the franchise.

[Spoiler Alert]

For example, the way they handled Letty was a bit of a let down at first.  Memory loss is an awfully convenient story device to get her back on track.  It’s worth an eye roll or two but the filmmakers don’t let her off the hook so easily.

So many movies feature memory loss and all it takes is a good shot to the head and all is well.  I sat back waiting for Letty to fly out of a car, hit her head and remember everything.  That never happened.

Handling her story this way only strengthened the family theme woven throughout this adrenaline filled tale.  You never turn your back on family.

[End of Spoiler]

Sometimes, it’s okay to switch of and hit the gas!

Luke Evans is my favorite villain of the franchise.  He’s a ruthless and calculating foe who is miles ahead of Dominic and his team at all times.  You can’t raise the bar in terms of action without having a villain worthy of such chaos.  Shaw was everything he needed to be.

The team is all back including The Rock (in his 3rd summer movie of 2013) who is truly a part of this family now.  Dominic, Brian, Roman, Tej and the rest of the gang are all in fine form as well.  But these films are all about fast action and this movie delivers more than you can imagine.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen G.I Joe Retaliation, Oblivion, Pain & Gain, Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness.  Each of these films delivers good action (maybe not G.I Joe) but none of them compare to this if you’re an action junkie.

Fast & Furious 6 is relentless.  The final act is non stop big screen mayhem.  Sometimes, you don’t need a deep story.  Sometimes, it’s okay to switch of and hit the gas!

I’ve always loved BIG action movies.  I’m honestly considering seeing the film second time just to experience that epic final act on the big screen again.  Fast & Furious 6 may not be my favorite film of 2013 thus far but it’s definitely the most fun.  If you love this franchise you don’t need convincing.  If Fast Five didn’t win you back after 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift, I’m willing to bet the sixth installment will.

Fast 6 knows exactly what it should be.  An action movie and it’s a damn good action movie.

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Excited about this summer’s movies?  Check out this preview of 2014’s biggest blockbusters.

PS: The way they set up Fast 7 in the credits literally made a woman in my theater yell: “Holy Sh*t!”  I knew the reveal was coming and I was still surprised.  This franchise is poised to get even bigger!?  Nice!

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

TOO MASSIVE FOR YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN!

I still can’t get over it…  This movie exists!?

A movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters created by one of the most imaginative directors of our time; Guillermo Del Toro.

XTRA | Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Trailer #1

A new trailer has arrived that’s full of action but also a few intriguing character moments I can’t wait to learn more about.  Could this be a giant robot movie with heart?  If you’ve seen Del Toro’s masterful Pan’s Labyrinth then you already know he brings equal amounts of emotion to go along with his monstrous creations.

The marketing campaign didn’t have to release a trailer this awesome.  They had me at Del Toro…   According to a recent article on /Film, Del Toro had this to say when asked about money shots in his trailers:

“If I showed you all the money shots [in Pacific Rim], you’d have a 70 minute orgasm.”

5. GIMME A HUG

I highly doubt this is in fact intended to be part of an ending where we make peace with the monsters.  These battles look relentless and I’m most definitely okay with that.

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

4. ELECTRIC MONSTERS, FLYING MONSTERS AND MORE

Kitchen.  Sink…  No other words are necessary.

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

3. FACE OFF: MAN VS MONSTER

No way in hell am I getting out of a giant robot to face a massive monster on my own…  But this guy does…  Courage? Stupidity? We’ll find out in July

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

2. GIANT ROBOTS IN SPACE?

These battles take place in the ocean, on the shore, in the snow, in cities AND in space!?

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

1. IN THE FACE!!!  WITH A BOAT!?

The robot smashes a BOAT into a monsters face.  How will this movie suck?  Give me one good reason why this won’t be FUN to watch on the big screen.  I can’t think of any.

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Main Trailer

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Discover Amazing Screenwriting Websites With The Ultimate Guide

May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

The Screenwriting Spark

HUNDREDS OF SCREENWRITING WEBSITES AWAIT!

As part of The Screenwriting Spark launch, I’ll be showcasing some of the big features the new screenwriting site has to offer thus far.  First up:

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SCREENWRITING WEBSITES

This page is home to hundreds of screenwriting websites, blogs and resources from around the world.  I had a lot of fun researching all of these wonderful sites.  Every entry is given a category so you can find the type of site you’re looking for quickly and easily.

The page itself is separated in alphabetical order but you can also view these sites by category here.

What I love the most about The Ultimate Guide is that it will continue to evolve.  Passionate screenwriters are launching new blogs everyday.  Be sure to submit your site if it’s not part of the guide.

Check out more great features on The Screenwriting Spark here.  Don’t forget to subscribe for email updates on all the latest sparks.