Guillermo del Toro Judging Halloween YouTube Contest

Guillermo del Toro YouTube

Filmmakers who’ve dreamed of working on the kind of frightening sets Guillermo del Toro is known for will now have their chance. Del Toro is judging a new contest, presented by Legendary Pictures and YouTube, that’ll allow filmmakers to visit specially created horror sets at YouTube locations in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. The results will then be uploaded to YouTube and a select few will get consultations with Del Toro. One lucky winner will even get a development deal. It’s a pretty fantastic opportunity for horror filmmakers and it takes place between September 22 and October 28, 2014.

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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new Frozen short

The ABC special The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is airing right now on the east coast of the US, and the show features a big announcement. The spring of 2015 will see the release of a new Frozen short called Frozen Fever. The short film will be directed by returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and will feature the core characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. The short will also come complete with a new song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

More details on the new Frozen short are after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Rebels short Ezra

September is here, which means next month your first look at the new Star Wars universe arrives. Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Channel October 3 before assuming its regular slot October 13 on Disney XD. Yes, the show – which is set between Episodes III and IV – is mostly aimed at kids, but it also sets up a lot of what we can expect from Star Wars in the days, months and years ahead.

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 »

Lava

Next Summer, when you finally sit down to see a new Pixar movie, you’ll first see Lava. It’s the company’s latest short film, directed by James Ford Murphy, which will play before Pete Docter’s Inside Out starting on June 19, 2015. The short stars a massive Hawaiian volcano named Uku who sits in the ocean, century after century, singing about his desire for love. Or, as he calls it, “Lava.”

The entire short is told through song. Below, you can finally get a glimpse at the short and listen to the beautiful song. Watch a clip from Pixar’s Lava below. Read More »

New Images From Disney’s Next Short ‘Feast’

FEAST

A few weeks back, I went to Disney Animation Studios to learn about what the company had in store for this year. That primarily meant Big Hero 6, but we know Disney loves to attach short films to their features. The short film in front of Big Hero 6 is called Feast, and it comes from director Patrick Osborne. Inspired by the 1 Second Everyday concept, Osborne concocted a story involving an adorable dog, the food he eats, and how that relationship can tell a larger story of blossoming love. With a visual style that’s somewhere between Paperman and a Ghibli film, it’s a fast-paced, funny, sentimental short with lots of surprises.

After some curious concept art, your first real look at the Feast short film is finally here. Read More »

VOTD: Spencer Susser’s Eugene Short Film

Spencer Susser's Eugene

In 2008, I discovered a great short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). I was slightly disappointed by Susser’s feature directorial debut Hesher, which premiered at the 2010 Sundnace Film Festival. Since the festival, Susser has been trying to get a feature length version of I Love Sarah Jane into production and has also returned to his short film roots. One of Spencer Susser‘s latest short films is titled Eugene, a comedy about a lonely man (played by Michael Govier) who checks into a hotel and is mysteriously delivered an intriguing gift. What happens when he gets seduced by too much power? Watch Spencer Susser’s Eugene now embedded after the jump.
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Star Wars Rebels zeb

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Disney has released the third short film in its entirety online. The new Star Wars Rebels short film “Entanglement” follows Zeb, who “fails to meet with Kanan at a specified rendezvous point and instead finds himself joyfully battling many, many stormtroopers.” Watch the Star Wars Rebels Zeb short film now embedded after the jump.

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Jim Henson jazz animation

After he’d done years of the show Sam and Friends but before moving on to The Muppet Show, Jim Henson did a set of experimental musical shorts. The animations use paper cutouts to visualize music. In the case of this one, Drums West, the inspiration and backing track is a piece from jazz drummer Chico Hamilton. Watch the short below, which ends with a bit of bonus footage of the young animater/puppeteer at work. Read More »

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