Here’s your first good look at the short film follow-up to Frozen, via the Frozen Fever trailer. The short reunites the creators and cast of the hit film — Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad voice Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee return to direct — in a story that takes place on Anna’s birthday. And while it’s great that the family conflict we saw in Frozen is all sorted out, this time Elsa has a problem that would be a small thing for most of us, but for her could be more serious. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Actor and comedian DC Pierson wrote a novel called The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To, and you can now see part of that book adapted as a short film. See, Pierson and director Dan Eckman (Community, Mystery Team) and producer Meggie McFadden want to turn the novel into a feature, and they’ve made this short as a proof of concept. The cast features Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dope) and Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games).
In The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep short, Revolori and Quaid play high school friends whose foray into making comics is complicated when Revolori reveals he has the power to manifest ideas into reality. Naturally, that has some pretty huge and funny consequences. Watch the short after the break.
Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
This morning Adi Shankar released Power/Rangers, a “bootleg short film” directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque, Detention), co-written by Dutch Southern (Bad Turn Worse) and starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica). Described as “a twist on the Power Rangers mythos”, the short film is a a well crafted brilliant fx-heavy send-up of dark and gritty fan films while also somehow being a fun addition to the genre. Watch the R-rated Power Rangers short film after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
After a trailer and Super Bowl spot, it’s pretty fair to say fans are lukewarm on Alan Taylor‘s Terminator Genisys. We’re intrigued by the casting and some of the ideas teased in these spots, but the ultimate execution is a huge question mark. Well, Thursday, two pieces of news broke which are both on the encouraging side.
First up, Paramount and IMAX have announced that Genisys will be released in IMAX when it hits theaters on July 1. That’s not a guarantee of quality, but it’s good news for fans of the franchise who want to see the new film in the biggest format possible.
Second, an Arnold Schwarzenegger fansite posted two Terminator Genisys script reviews, both of which are positive. They’re spoiler free too, so no worries there, and you can read excerpts below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
One of the best films I’ve seen so far this year — and, indeed, in quite a while — is only seventeen minutes long and relies on stick figures to depict its characters. Don Hertzfeldt‘s short World of Tomorrow is dazzling, devastatingly effective science fiction which introduces the young Emily as she is confronted with her genetic descendent from the far future, who shows Emily how human existence has “evolved” over centuries of technological influence.
Anyone who has seen Hertzfeldt’s other work, especially It’s Such a Beautiful Day, will be prepared for how this plays out. For those who haven’t, visualize sci-fi concepts about communication, memory and identity distilled into their purest form and brought to life with an emotional power that belies the simplicity of the film’s animation. Below, you can watch a World of Tomorrow trailer now, and you’ll be able to see the full film in March.
Disney’s short film Feast was one of the pleasant surprises of 2014. Originally appearing in theaters before Big Hero 6, the short followed a Boston terrier named Winston through whom we see a couple stages in his owner’s life, specifically at meal time. The film’s art style is unique, with CD animation given an extra bit of zing through a slightly exaggerated lighting model. The chief achievement in Feast, however, is Winston himself. The dog moves and behaves in a way that is exaggerated just enough beyond reality to be a perfect animated character.
A short Feast making of video shows some of the development of Winston’s character, and bits of the creation of the overall animation for the short. We’d like to see even more than this — we’d be happy to go through reams of designs that led to Winston’s creation — but this video is a good intro to the process. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
After years of supporting roles, Martin Starr takes the lead in not one but two films you can watch right now. The first is Amira & Sam, a charming full-length feature currently in theaters and on VOD. The other is the short film Leonard in Slow Motion, and you can see it right here.
The title is quite literal. Starr is Leonard, who lives his entire life in slow motion even as the world around him moves along at a normal pace. While others laugh and gawk at his unusual condition, Leonard struggles to keep up in work and love. Watch the entirety of Leonard in Slow Motion after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by Germain Lussier
There’s a good chance, if Disney ran the seven-minute short film Frozen Fever, in theaters on its own, it would be a massive hit. Frozen Fever is the first sequel to the massive box office and cultural hit and it’ll be attached to Disney’s Cinderella when it hits theaters on March 13. So now fans will get to see the continuing adventures of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff as well as a full, feature length film.
The first photos from Frozen Fever have now been revealed, giving some glimpses at what these characters are doing now that the kingdom of Arendelle has stopped being Frozen. Check out the Frozen Fever pictures below.
UPDATE: We’ve now added a Frozen Fever featurette too. See it below. Read More »
I first learned about director (and /Filmcast listener) Ben Aston when he wrote me an email a year ago asking me to check out one of his short films. Since then he’s put out two more short films, both of which have gone on to play at prestigious film festivals all around the world. His latest short film, He Took His Skin Off For Me, blew me away and represents an exponential step in his growth as a filmmaker.
Hit the jump to see Aston’s films, and to listen to a podcast interview I did with him about finding success as a maker of film shorts. We discuss the sacrifices Aston has had to make for his art, as well as practical tips to get a short film seen.
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