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

DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROMOTE?

Email me at jason@theathleticnerd.com and be sure to include links to your project/website. (Note: I don’t review submissions)

Check out The Post archives here.

The Post: 5 Short Films, 1 Trailer and 4 Websites

February 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

The Post: 5 Short Films, 1 Trailer and  4 Websites | Independent Film Blog

Have you watched a short film today?’

THE SCARED IS SCARED

Filmmaker Bianca Giaever asked a six year old what her movie should be about…  This is what he told her:

THE BACKWATER GOSPEL

“As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.”

WILD LIFE

“If you fill your house with animals don’t be surprised when there’s blood in the bathtub.” (Vimeo)

Wild Life from Kevin Maynard on Vimeo.

FUBAR REDUX

“Fubar Redux is an Epic Short Film portraying the atrocities of an on-going political war for territories. Told in an alternate reality with Cats and Dogs mixing exciting action with tense drama driven by a unique animation visual style – Hyper-Motion Comic Cinema.” (Vimeo)

COOKED

“Cooked tells the story of an arctic love triangle between a Walrus, a Seal and a Lobster.”

SCOPIA

A new Sci-Fi Horror feature film with a twist.  Check out the teaser trailer below:

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JUMPVIEW

“JUMPVIEW™ is a brand new way to watch movies utilizing the interactivity of the internet. Campus Life is the first original film made for the JumpView format.”

Check out the trailer here.

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MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB

VFX COMPANY | CG Folks | 3D Animation & VFX Studio

WEBSITE | Gloomshade | Founded to help inspired artists, filmmakers, etc… realize their creative visions by creating highly detailed pre-visualizations.

WEBSITE | Movie Cron | View upcoming and popular movie trailers and set a text message or email to let you know when it’s released!

DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROMOTE?

Email me at jason@theathleticnerd.com and be sure to include links to your project/website. (Note: I don’t review submissions)

Check out The Post archives here.

Will Smith & James Lassiter Are Looking For America’s Newest Scriptwriter!

February 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Will Smith & James Lassiter Are Looking For America's Newest Scriptwriter! | Overbrook Entertainment & ANA Alliance

“WRITE WHAT YOU FEEL. JUST MAKE IT ORIGINAL”

There’s a deadline approaching!  You could win a meeting with Overbrook Entertainment, an opportunity to get your script further developed, and $5,000!

ABOUT THE CONTEST

James Lassiter and Will Smith of Overbrook Entertainment have joined forces with the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment—a group of leading national advertisers intent on finding and supporting exceptional family content—to find the most talented undiscovered TV scriptwriters in the country. Overbrook Entertainment’s vision, together with the Alliance, is to produce and support extraordinary family entertainment.  Because family entertainment means different things to different people make sure your script is unique and emotionally relatable to today’s family. Submit either your 30-minute comedy or one-hour drama by 1pm PST, March 21, 2013. (scriptwritercontest.com)

“The only way to deal with fear is to smash your had against it.  Write your work and submit it.” (Will Smith)

Check out www.scriptwritercontest.com for more.

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Will Smith & James Lassiter Are Looking For America's Newest Scriptwriter! | Overbrook Entertainment & ANA Alliance

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

February 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

SHORT FILM FANS!
COMBINE FLIPBOARD WITH TWITTER IMMEDIATELY!

Every time I publish a new edition of The Post, I become more and more addicted to short films.  There are literally endless stories out there waiting to be discovered and shared.  Many of the films I’ve featured on this site in the past have been submitted by the filmmakers.  But I find many of them online as well.

A while back, I published ‘Have you watched a short film today?‘ which is full of great websites that promote short films.  You’ll find plenty of short films there but today, I’d like to point out another fantastic resource.

FLIPBOARD

For those who are unaware, Flipboard is an app you can download on your mobile device that organizes news feeds like a magazine.  Here is what The Athletic Nerd looks like on Flipboard:

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

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I have Flipboard on my iPhone and my iPad and I use it almost everyday.  Over the last few months, it’s become my favorite place to discover new short films.  Flipboard is deeply integrated with Twitter and has an awesome feature you may have missed:

TWITTER SAVED SEARCHES

Here’s how you can use Flipboard to watch short films:

  1. Log into Twitter and search ‘Short Films’ or ‘#shortfilm’ etc…
  2. Save the search
  3. Open up Flipboard, navigate to ‘accounts’ then Twitter.
  4. Add your saved searches to your board.

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER

Now you’ve got a steadily updating stream of short films you can watch from inside the app!  At least once or twice a week, I wake up and watch short films on my iPad.

I love that the short films you find are normally promoted by the filmmakers themselves.  It gives you instant access to more information about the short films you liked.  Many profiles include websites, trailers & artwork.  It’s just another way to support independent filmmakers around the world.  Check out their websites.  Let them know what you thought of their movie!  Watch more short films!

How do you discover short films?

XTRA | 42 iPad links for Filmmakers, Screenwriters & Movie Lovers

XTRA | Watch tons of short films in The Post archives

Discover Great Short Films With FLIPBOARD & TWITTER | iPad

THE POST: Jack & The Beanstalk

February 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

THE POST: Jack & The Beanstalk

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER COMING SOON

I can’t say that I’m super excited to see Jack the Giant Slayer this year but I’m intrigued.  I’m always interested in adaptations of stories I loved as a child.  With Bryan Singer at the helm I’m sure there will be plenty to love about the movie but not enough to really put it on most people’s radars.

Note: The second trailer (above) is a little better but I’m still not sold.

Recently, I gathered top 10 lists from around the web and came up with 44 movies to look forward to in 2013.  Jack the Giant Slayer wasn’t on anyone’s lists.  But perhaps that’s a good thing?  Personally, I’m willing to give the movie a shot.  It is based on a fairy tale we all know.  Nobody wants to see a movie with lowered expectations but I’m a positive guy.  Maybe this beanstalk tale has no where to go but up.

Jack the giant slayer movie 2013

I have two complaints about the film from what I’ve seen so far.  First, it seems like an awfully complicated tale considering it’s simplistic roots.  I understand you have to make it bigger in order to fill a feature length movie but the second a man betrays humanity and aligns with the giants I lost interest.  Why is it whenever we are being taken over by aliens or monsters there is always someone willing to sell us out?  Jerks.

Second is the CG.  It doesn’t look spectacular in the trailer and one can only hope it doesn’t distract from the story they are trying to tell.

THE STORYBOOK

Need a reminder of the story?  Check out this stylish animated storybook created by Time4Sleep.

THE POST: Jack & The Beanstalk

THE POST: Jack & The Beanstalk

It’s a fantastic reminder of the fable and what the film could be.  I’m a big fan of the artistic style of the book and again I must admit, I’m jealous of all who can draw.

XTRA | Confessions of a Wannabe Animator

Onto the clips!  I looked around and found a couple classic adaptations of Jack & The Beanstalk.  Enjoy!

MICKEY AND THE BEANSTALK

…  How have I never seen this!?

COMICCOLOR: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

JACK & THE BEANSTALK (1952)

The full length feature from 1952 starring Abbott & Costello is on YouTube.

FRACTURED FAIRLY TALES

Click here to catch up on past editions of The Post.