Short Film: Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World

Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World
One of my interests outside of film has always been magic, an art which I think goes hand in hand with the mastery of storytelling and incorporation of visual effects in films. In the past years there have been several great magic documentaries: Make Believe (which is like Spellbound but about the teenage world magic championships, from the producers of King of Kong), The Magic Life (focused on the struggles of being a magician), and Magic Camp (which was about Tannen’s Magic Camp, the oldest and most prestigious training camp for young magicians).

I’m magnetically attracted to anything about magic or magicians. Today I discovered a 15-minute short film titled Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World, which tells the story of Abbott’s Magic Get Together, an annual gathering of several hundred magicians from all over the world who convene for a week of shows and lectures. The gathering has been going on for the past 80 years, in the tiny town of Colon Michigan which proudly bills itself as “The Magic Capital of the World.” Watch the Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World short film embedded after the jump. You might even see some familiar faces from those other previously mentioned magic documentaries.

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Why are grey little blobs like the Minions from Despicable Me running for their lives? You’ll have to watch the new sci-fi short film, It’s Payback Time, to find out. In this animated film, a seemingly simple alien world has found itself in the midst of a terrible outbreak. A destructive blue substance is taking over and there doesn’t seem to be a way out. However, in the tight, action-packed two minute film, you’ll get a great, uplifting twist you don’t see coming. Check out It’s Payback Time below. Read More »

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Back in 1993, Nintendo officially released their first, and last, live-action movie. Super Mario Bros. was a critical and financial disaster and since then, almost everyone agrees the experience of that film (which you can read about in full, incredible detail right here) has soured the company on licensing their other iconic characters – besides Pokemon –  to Hollywood.

Now, however, Nintendo is working on some kind of secret “research project.” The first result of it is a Pikmin movie, produced by gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto. Titled Pikmin Short Movies, it’s an animated anthology, comprised of three different short films, and will debut next month at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Unless you’re a Pikmin fan, that alone isn’t particularly exciting. I’m more curious of the subtext. The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda is producing movies now? What could that mean for the future of Nintendo movies? Read More »

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Guillermo del Toro YouTube

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Below, read the full details of the Guillermo del Toro YouTube contest, see examples of the sets and watch del Toro describe the whole thing. Read More »

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What I mean is, Rebels – and likely the upcoming movies – will explore tangents fans may have thought about, but never got to see. For an example, see the latest Star Wars Rebels short, called Not What You Think. The three minute film stars Ezra Bridger, the “hero” of Rebels, as he investigates a TIE Fighter that’s been shot down. In other Star Wars properties, when a TIE Fighter was shot down, that was it. But here we see the aftermath, and get a great sense not only of Ezra as a character, but the tone of Star Wars Rebels itself. Check it out below. Read More »

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