Colin Trevorrow Home Base

After Jurassic World raked in over $511 million at the worldwide box office this weekend, it’s safe to say that director Colin Trevorrow is now a big time filmmaker. He may not be returning for Jurassic World 2, but he will forever be credited with reinvigorating the Jurassic Park franchise, whether fans are pleased by his work or not.

But before he became an indie sensation turned blockbuster filmmaker, Trevorrow was just another aspiring filmmaker. And thanks to the magic of the internet, we can take a look at some of the director’s very early work. Below you can watch Colin Trevorrow’s Home Base, a short film he directed back in 2002 when he was 26 years old.

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Whenever a new installment of the popular, violent video game franchise Grand Theft Auto is released, gamers marvel at the graphics, realism and gameplay (even though the latter is pretty much always the same). And as video game graphics continue to improve with each next generation gaming console, we’re getting closer and closer to copying the real-world in video game form.

But until we reach that point, Corridor Digital has delivered a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto in a short film that takes the visual style and gameplay point of view of the game and applies it to a live-action short film. It’s thorough and impressive. Watch the real life Grand Theft Auto short film after the jump! Read More »

Crafted Trailer

Director Morgan Spurlock has tackled a variety of topics in documentary films. He looked at the nutritional value of McDonald’s in Super Size Me, tried to hunt a terrorist in Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, exposed marketing tricks in Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and even followed around One Direction.

Now Spurlock has pointed his camera at artisans for a new documentary short called Crafted, and the first trailer has just arrived online. Watch the Crafted trailer after the jump! Read More »

Winston in Feast

We’re always wondering what’s next for the movies. Since film’s inception as a storytelling form we’ve seen the addition of sound, color, bigger screens, third and fourth dimensions, and more. Now we’re at a point where the physical theater has become the major constraint. Some filmmakers are looking smaller for the next big thing.

Google has begun making short films called Spotlight Stories. These are movies you experience in 360 degrees on your smartphone using an app. Not only has Justin Lin made a movie for the series, Google has just signed Aardman Animations, as well as Patrick Osborne, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s short film Feast. His movie will be called Pearl. You can read more about it, and Google Spotlight Stories, below. Read More »

Predator: Dark Ages

One of the most iconic movie monsters of all time is none other than the Predator. The alien hunter has been a force to be reckoned with for Arnold Schwarzenegger and plenty of other soldiers and killers on the big screen. Sadly, not all the films featuring the titular creature have been home runs. (We’re looking at you, Alien vs. Predator franchise.) But it’s hard to argue against the fact that they have delivered some pretty slick action.

While we’re waiting for a Predator reboot/sequel from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black to maybe reinvigorate the franchise, we have something that should tide fans over for a little while. A Predator fan started a Kickstarter campaign awhile back to fund a short film called Predator: Dark Ages, pitting the thermal-sighted warrior against the Knights Templar. Now the short is finished. And, yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds. Watch the Predator: Dark Ages short film after the jump. Read More »

Black Angel short film

These days, Disney is the rare studio still putting short films in front of some of their features. Coincidentally, a famous company they’d eventually own did that several decades earlier. In 1980, George Lucas wanted a short film to screen in front of his highly anticipated sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back. He got his art director, Roger Christian, to make a short, and the result was Black Angel, a fantasy that was heavily influential in the years that followed. It played in a few hundred UK cinemas but prints of the film were thought to be lost.

A few years back, Christian teased that the film had been found and would get a digital release in the future. That day is today. Black Angel has now been uploaded online and you can watch the full 25 minute short film below, along with an intro from Christian himself. Read More »

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Eli Roth Restaurant Dogs Short Film

I first discovered filmmaker Eli Roth at the Boston Film Festival in 2003. Its not that his debut Cabin Fever was incredible, but it demonstrated a new and interesting voice. And for whatever the film lacked, Roth made up with his hour-long question and answer session that followed the screening. Roth, like Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez, is full of interesting and funny stories about the making of his films and his discovery of movies.

One of the stories Roth told that night involved his college thesis short film, a Reservoir Dogs homage/parody titled Restaurant Dogs starring a cast of fast food characters doing things so wrong that would never be seen again. Or so I thought. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 1995, and won its division, but has remained one of those talked-about shorts that has never showed up online. Until now. Watch the Eli Roth Restaurant Dogs short film after the jump now.
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Almost as exciting as the release of a new Pixar feature is the reveal of the new Pixar short that accompanies each feature. Coming with this fall’s The Good Dinosaur is Sanjay’s Super Team, a seven-minute work about a little boy coming to understand his father’s Hinduism. The first lovely bit of concept art from Sanjay’s Super Team has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Star Wars Tie Fighter - Star Wars anime fan film

Animator Paul Johnson (youtube user name OtaKing77077) spent four years worth of weekends animating this incredible Star Wars anime fan film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Paul explains:

What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards. Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…

The resulting fan film is beautiful and makes me wish Disney had opted for a more stylized look for Star Wars Rebels. (No complaints, I’m sure we’ll have years of animated Star Wars television shows to look forward to.) Watch Paul Johnson’s seven-minute Star Wars anime short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter embedded after the jump.

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