Jameson First Shot

For the past five years, Jameson Irish Whiskey held the Jameson First Shot international short film competition which promises to give new filmmaking talent an opportunity to break into the industry by working with Kevin Spacy, Dana Brunetti, and Trigger Street Productions.

Last week, the top three winners of the fifth annual competition were announced at an event this weekend in Los Angeles called The Weekender. This year’s three winners are Cameron Thrower (Summerville, South Carolina), Kat Wood (UK), and Jason Perini (Australia). These winning filmmakers’ were given the opportunity to actually make their short films starring Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and produced by Trigger Street. Hit the jump to watch the winning short film and learn more!

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Movie Title Designs

Most of the time, movie titles come and go without much pomp and circumstance. After all, audiences already know what movie they’re sitting down to see, so why bother being flashy about it? Well, some of the best movie title designs immediately immerse you in the world in which you’re about to spend a couple hours, which is why some of the most iconic ones really stand out.

Movie title designer Dan Perri, who has worked on films such as Star Wars, Gangs of New York, The Exorcist and more, is profiled in the latest installment of Academy Originals ongoing series “Credited As.” The documentary short dives into the craft of movie title design, shining a light on the craft that you’ve probably never spent more than a minute thinking about in your head. Read More »

Frozen Northern Lights

Disney Animation has been working on a Frozen 2 for the past several months, but we’ve still got a while to wait before the film actually hits theaters. In the meantime, though, we’ll get to see the gang back together again in a slightly different form. The Disney Channel is teaming with the LEGO Group for Frozen Northern Lights, a “brand extension” that will include a series of brand-new animated shorts.  Read More »

pixar short film Piper

If you’re like me, you enjoy Pixar’s animated short films almost as much as you do their features. The latest short from the Emeryville-based animation studio is Alan Barillaro‘s directing debut Piper, which in my opinion might be the best theatrical short film from Pixar in a decade.

I first saw this short film at a Finding Dory early press day a few months back, where minutes before the screening not one person outside of Pixar even knew of this short film’s existence. I was gobsmacked by this adorable yet beautiful piece of cinema. I have since seen it two more times and it doesn’t get old. You’ll see the whole short film playing in front of Finding Dory, in theaters later this week. But for now take in this short 24-second preview to get you excited.
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Inner Workings

This weekend brought the first trailer for Disney Animation’s Moana, and now we also have a first peek at the short film that’ll debut with Moana. Inner Workings dives into the head-vs.-heart dichotomy we’re all familiar with, as a fearful brain and his good-time heart wrestle inside an ordinary Joe. An Inner Workings first look image has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this week, and you can check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Monster Island Short Film

Universal and Legendary Pictures will be bringing the movie monsters King Kong and Godzilla to the big screen together in the summer of 2020, mostly because Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull just wanted to see the movie monsters fight. It’s a simple concept, and it’s an obvious match-up with the new version of Godzilla already unleashed on viewers and a new take on King Kong coming in the form of Kong: Skull Island.

But you don’t have to wait four years to see a new spin of Godzilla and King Kong doing battle, because filmmakers Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert & Justin Michael have put together a hilarious stop-motion animated short called Monster Island that has total bro versions of the movie monsters getting into quite the tiff. Even though this is a cartoon, it’s slightly NSFW due to language and sexual humor. Read More »

pearl short film

One of my favorite Disney Animated films of all time is Patrick Osborne‘s short film Feast, which was released theatrically in front of Big Hero 6 and won an Academy Award. Well Osborne has already released his follow-up, although most people haven’t seen it yet because he created it for Virtual Reality. But thanks to Google 360, you can now watch it online in any browser, although you still can rotate the video around to look in any direction.

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LEGO Star Wars Force Awakens Prequel

As you probably know by now, Disney has teamed with LEGO to release a series of Star Wars animated short films set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve posted a bunch of them on the site in the past, and they are definitely worth your time. The latest one, the fifth in the series, is titled “Attack of the Conscience” and tells Finn’s (at the time, still FN-2187) story leading up to the seconds before we see he in JJ AbramsEpisode VII. Watch that short and the other four previously released LEGO Star Wars animated short films, after the jump.
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Radiohead Daydreaming Music Video

Just before the weekend, Radiohead debuted a new music video along with news that their new album would arrive on May 8th (which means it’s available now). What was cool about the video was that it was directed by none other than Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master and Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson, and you can watch it online right here.

However, if you’d rather have an opportunity to see the music video on 35mm in movie theaters, then there are some fantastic locations where you can do just that. So check out the video after the jump, and find out where you can see the video in theaters.  Read More »

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Inner Workings

Disney’s next feature film, Moana, is still in progress and won’t be seen in full for another several months. But Disney’s next short film is ready for its world premiere. Titled Inner Workings, it’ll debut at the Annecy Film Festival in June along with a never-before-seen preview of Moana. We’ve got all the latest details on the Disney Inner Workings short film, and you can get ’em after the jump.  Read More »