Category Archives: Short Film

Anatomy of a Short Film: The Magic and Luxury of Making a Short Film

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Joe Forbrich in “In-Kind”

(Read about the entire process of making short film, “In-Kind,” by checking out the “Anatomy of a Short Film” section of this blog.)

1 weekend. 20 hours. That’s how long it took to shoot “In-Kind,” the short film that I wrote and am co-directing, along with Stephanie Dawson. (Check out the “Anatomy of a Short Film” tab above for progress on this project.) This film’s been on my mind for over four years, and I’m excited to say that we’ve wrapped shooting and are looking forward to post-production. Over 20 amazing artists and technicians joined together in a Bushwick, Brooklyn apartment to get it done, not least of which was our terrific cast, composed of Monique Pappas, Makenna Pappas, and Joe Forbrich (SAG-AFTRA).

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Anatomy of a Short Film: Launching a Social Media Campaign

(Read about the entire process of making short film, “In-Kind,” by checking out the “Anatomy of a Short Film” section of this blog.)

My latest entry in the “Anatomy of a Short Film” section of this blog is all about kicking off a social media campaign. This week, my partners and I launched the Facebook and Twitter accounts for our next short film, “In-Kind.” (Read more about our progress throughout all phases of production in “Anatomy of a Short Film.”)

Check out our film on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to like and follow for regular updates about our progress and for great and easy tips on how you can be kind to others every day (a core theme of the film).

Short Film: “Somebody” by Miranda July

In her quirky fashion, filmmaker/artist Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know, 2005) based her latest short film, “Somebody,” on an app that enables people to deliver personal messages in a very impersonal way. The film, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival, is currently available on YouTube, but you can watch the 10-minute short below.

The film lacks a narrative, but it makes for an enjoyable watch. July was commissioned to make this film for fashion label miu miu’s Women’s Tales series, and yes, the app is real. Get more information here.

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May the 4th be with You: “George Lucas in Love” to be Re-Released May 20th

Star Wars fever has captivated the world since the original film’s initial release in 1977, but with recent news of Episode VII‘s casting and today being … um … May the 4th, it’s only fitting that news comes out about the 15th anniversary re-release of celebrated short film “George Lucas in Love.” At under 9 minutes, the Joe Nussbaum-directed film takes a hilarious look at the “origin” story of the iconic movie franchise by following a young George Lucas, a film student struggling with writer’s block, who learns that sometimes the best untold stories are the ones staring you right in the face.

The film was released in 1999, one year after Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love was popular in theatres, so imagine the short’s added relevance then. Fifteen years later, it remains as funny as ever —and perhaps even more relevant as the world prepares itself for J.J. Abrams’s latest incarnation next year.

“George Lucas in Love” will be available for download on iTunes on May 20.

2014 Oscars: Short Film Shortlists

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In the past few weeks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the shortlists for all short film categories for the 2013 Oscars. Official nominations will be announced on January 16, 2014. Here’s what will be vying for a nomination in all three categories:

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  • “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan)
  • “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions)
  • “Dva (Two),” Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch)
  • “Helium,” Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • “Kush,” Shubhashish Bhutiani, director (Red Carpet Moving Pictures)
  • “Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen, director, and Kirsikka Saari, screenwriter (Tuffi Films)
  • “Record/Play,” Jesse Atlas, director, and Thom Fennessey, executive producer (Collaboration Factory)
  • “Throat Song,” Miranda de Pencier, director (Northwood Productions)
  • “Tiger Boy,” Gabriele Mainetti, director (Goon Films)
  • “The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer (Honlodge Productions)

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Check This Out: Short of the Week

Somehow, I only recently came across this website, ShortoftheWeek.com. I recommend taking a tour around the site for some shorts, free to view. Visually and functionally, the site looks great and is easy to navigate, but it’s its content that make it stand out. Sort the films by genre (comedy, mystery), topic (greed, nature), style (animation, puppetry), and more. Think you can top the films on the site? Submit your own for a chance to make it.

Short Film: “Fresh Guacamole”

At just 1 minute and 41 seconds, “Fresh Guacamole” is the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar. It competed this year in the Best Short Film – Animated category, where it lost to “Paperman” (a much more deserving film). Despite the lack of story in “Guac,” the stop-motion animation is inventive and whimsical. Check out more of the short works by director PES on his YouTube channel.

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Short Film: “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”

This animated short film directed by Nicky Phelan and written and performed by Kathleen O’Rourke was nominated at the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Short Film (Animated). In my opinion, it was the best of the five nominated films and should have won for its cleverness and use of multiple animation techniques.

“Shear Pratique” at IFFM

A short film that I wrote, “Shear Pratique,” has been accepted into the 2012 International Film Festival Manhattan. The festival runs from November 9 – 15 at the Quad Cinemas in Manhattan. Check out some great deals on tickets and swag by clicking here, and be sure to check out “Shear Pratique” on the big screen on November 14.

(Check out the full film slate here.)

At 80, LEGO’s Never Been So Animated

(Re-posted from Tweed)

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On a recent episode of ConanLord of the Rings actor Dominic Monaghan stated that he and fellow Hobbit Elijah Wood shared a goal of building the Millennium Falcon together. In true-to-life size, this would be a lofty achievement, but don’t let their ambition be undercut by the fact that they plan on building the famed Star Wars ship out of LEGOs. If nothing else, this is a testament to the fact that this 80-year-old company and its classic plastic bricks appeal to people of all ages—and is as relevant today as it has ever been.

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, LEGO has released a short, animated film that celebrates its heritage by chronicling the company’s humble beginnings, growing pains, and successes in narrative form. Narrated by a character that represents Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, former President and CEO of LEGO Group and grandson of company founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen, “The LEGO® Story” provides a whimsical glance at how the world’s third-largest manufacturer of play materials came to be.

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