Thursday, October 21, 2010

NewType of Unreal

Most music videos amount to little or nothing more than the bands showboating and simply playing their songs.
Too bad more music videos don’t or can’t do like Eisley did with their video for Wasn’t Prepared. Or as Russian band Unreal did for their song NEW TYPE ... make what is essentially a short film to illustrate the lyrics.
Referencing the fictional "Gundam" universe, the NewType vid has beautiful visuals accompanied by beautiful vocals.
All very Russian military industrial complex, with Nietzschean “ubermensch” elements.
Although I don’t care about Gundam, I would not mind seeing more in the style of this story.

Monday, October 18, 2010

All Hope Is Lost: Salvation

Presented in the style of an Outer Limits episode, Salvation -- by Michael Ballestero-- is an outstanding sci-fi story, brilliantly told.
Despite the brevity of a six minute run time, Salvation does an excellent job world building, inferring a fully realized universe, through a single fully realized character.
This short film wonderfully succeeds with interesting me in seeing more of this universe, and this character. Regretably, there does not seem to be more.

ART of Table Turning: It’s a trap!

ART is a clever short film from NoControl Cinema -- a small, Zuerich based video production company managed by Marco von Moos, who wrote and directed.

Exhibiting the NoControl trademark deception, ART is an intriguing “turn-about intruder” thriller dramedy. Nothing is what it seems, as a twisty-turny series of duplicitous deceptions, misdirections and reversing double-crosses unravels to reveal a mobeus strip of interlaced conspiracy. Hunter and prey shift, and shift again. Who is playing whom in this increasingly complex “Who’s on first?” scenario?
You may also watch ART on youtube:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Unbound: that first step, it's a doozy

With Unbound, Jonathan Brebner devises an intriguing adaptation of the phrase “One step forward, two steps back”. This terrific short film demonstrates how a huge story can be built from a small nugget of an idea... and that you don’t always need a lot to get a lot. A connection forming between two strangers in passing can be a powerful phenomenon.

Unbound from Jonathan Brebner on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Bridge of Marlon Torres

In general, I don’t care for war stories—especially those in a contemporary setting like WW2. They bore me.
Which is why it is weird that I chose to watch this one. Something about the look and feel of The Bridge compelled me to start watching... and then keep watching to the end. This is no ordinary war story.
Only afterward did I realize this wonderful film produced by Amy Ng, was written, directed, shot & edited by Marlon Torres. The Marlon Torres of Torres Studios , who made another spectacular short film I love called The Last Son of Celeste (which appears on this blog).

The Bridge - Official Teaser from Marlon Torres on Vimeo.

And you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not immerse yourself in his beautiful Pacifica video series of shore scenes.
Besides an adept filmmaker, Marlon is also a photographer of some skill, with samples available on his site.