The tale of a troubled couple, visited by an ominous bird bearing hope and tragedy. Directed by Andrew Griffin and featuring Kate Dickie (Prometheus), Davie McKay (My Name is Joe), Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York) & Lorraine Stanley (London To Brighton).
An animated short film by Adam Temple. I’m a big fan of the animation style.
An extremely unique take on the classic fairy tale. Written and directed by Louis J. Parker & Dominique Miranda
“RED RIDING explores the terrifying notion that people may not always be as they seem. It is the story of a young girl who discovers the sinister intentions that lay behind an enticing smile. Using only environment, movements and human expressions, we aimed to create a visually striking piece accompanied by a powerful score from Icelandic composer, Biggi Hilmars.”
Here’s is a SCI FI short film full of fantastic visual effects directed by Jesse O’Brien.
The team behind this short is currently trying to get a feature film version off the ground. Click here for more.
A clever animated short by Mitchell Counsell.
LA FAMEUSE ROUTE (The Notorious Road)
Written and directed by Adolf El Assal, this short was recently turned into a feature film called Les Fameux Gars. You can check out the trailer here.
A cool Sci Fi short film directed by Clark Baker. Awesome creature work BTW!
“VESSEL features a blend of old school, practical creature effects and slick, modern day VFX. The story focuses on Liberty Airlines’ Flight 298 and its passengers. Shortly after takeoff, the passengers encounter an otherworldly force and are thrown into a fight for their lives”
Check out this short video from the LEGO Hero Factory. There are 8 videos in all…
I may be nearly 30 years old but I’m still tempted when I pass the LEGO Store at the mall. I think my one regret growing up is never creating a LEGO short film. I had the tools to do it. Why didn’t I?
To me, LEGO is a phenomenal opportunity for filmmakers to try something unique. Especially young filmmakers. Imagine the possibilities and then exceed your wildest expectations by building something no one has ever seen before. Now add in the freedom to tell a story in this new world.
Beyond the ability to build whatever characters and worlds your imagination comes up with, there are also HUGE advantages technologically to enhance your work. Combining simple stop motion effects with digital software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects can help you create something truly original.
Again, I reiterate, I really wish I took the time to create a couple LEGO movies in my youth. Having said that, LEGO still contributed to my love of storytelling. I had a couple sets of space LEGOS that I constantly set stories around. There is actually a feature film idea in one of my old notebooks inspired by those adventures.
I’m inspired by anything that let’s you build whatever you want. Before games like Sim City and Minecraft, there was LEGO and those little bricks are just as important to creative minds around the world.
What’s the best LEGO video you’ve ever seen?
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by LEGO, but all thoughts are my own.
Still Motion is gearing up to launch SMAPP. A new iOS app for filmmakers.
“SMAPP was designed to not only make the filmmaking process easier, but also to help the filmmaker really understand the decisions they are making. Learning this craft can be intimidating and there are so many tools that we often don’t even realize we have, or we don’t fully understand how to best use to tell our story effectively. SMAPP was created to make all of filmmaking more approachable and to empower the filmmaker to tell relevant and meaningful stories, their stories, with more confidence than ever before.” stillmotion
In addition to tips, the Still Motion team will also include highly informative tutorials. I think it’s fantastic to hear practical, real world advice from people who are out there shooting everyday. If you’re just diving in to the world of filmmaking, explore Still Motion’s website and give SMAPP a try when it’s released.
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FASTER PRODUCTIONS: STRANDED
“Stranded is a melancholic coastal based drama which is equally visually striking with an extremely bold colour scheme – a violent man, his disabled brother, an estranged middle aged mother, her teenage daughter, a troubled man in his late 50s and a flamboyant pensioner sunning herself alone on the beach. All 6 people will find themselves – emotionally or physically – stranded.”
The film was directed by Luther Bhogal-Jones. The filmmaker also has a blog with extensive behind the scenes information on the entire production process. It’s a really interesting read.