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We get sent dozens of short films every week and while I try to watch most of them, the sad fact is that we don’t post as many short films as we use to. Sometimes a gem sticks out from the rest of the submissions and becomes an obvious choice. Noah immediately grabbed me, and even a few minutes into this story, I knew I would be posting it on /Film. I hope you find time to watch it.

/Film reader Walter Woodman sent in this short film titled Noah which he co-directed with Patrick Cederberg. The film just had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available online for everyone to view. TIFF describes the film as:

In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.

Without feeling forced or inorganic, the short perfectly delivers on the limiting structure of this clever and creative construct. The story feels so authentic and real, a snapshot of a young relationship in the current age of internet attention disorder and social networking. One of my friends, filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, said it could be “this generations John Hughes movie”, and I think that description totally nails it. Of course, Hughes never made a found footage movie set inside a computer, but you’ll see what we mean. Watch the short right now, embedded after the jump.

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Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah is scheduled for release March 28, 2014, which means the marketing should start fairly soon. Case in point, the director showed an early cut of the trailer on Thursday to an audience at the Echo Conference, a church-based conference in Texas for “artists, geeks and storytellers.” He sent a video introduction and then showed the trailer.

We don’t have the trailer just yet, but we have the video introduction and some reactions, all of which were positive. Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky‘s telling of the great Biblical flood, which will hit theater screens as Noah, has gone quiet in the past few months. The film shot last year, with Russell Crowe in the lead, and Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins rounding out the primary supporting cast.

Now in post-production, it’s been a while since we saw any new peeks at Aronofsky’s realization of the story, which promises to be a rather different one from any we’ve seen on screen so far. But a few new images have surfaced, all appearing to be shots of the cast from actual scenes rather than set pics, even if they’re not in great resolution. Could these be clipped from a forthcoming footage release? We’ll see, but for now you can check out the shots below. Read More »

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It’s that time of year again. We’re in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, an industry-only convention (formerly called ShoWest) for movie theater owners and distributors. The Hollywood studios come here each year with their biggest stars and clips from upcoming films, hoping to impress the theater owners into booking their “products” in the coming year. For example, last year we saw footage from films that were in production and weren’t set to be released until late 2013. Some studios also present unfinished cuts of their films super-early. This year Pixar is screening Monsters University, for example.

The opening night of CinemaCon 2013 featured a presentation by Paramount Pictures. They screened a reel with brief clips from a ton of upcoming films including Darren Aroofsky’s Noah and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. They also presented 18 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D, three clips from World War Z, and Michael Bay premiered his film Pain & Gain. After the jump you will be able to read my first reaction to Bay’s latest, along with a video blog I recorded with Alex from FirstShowing giving our thoughts about everything screened.
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You might consider it a given that Clint Mansell would score Noah for Darren Aronofsky, as the two have a long-established working partnership that is beginning to resemble the creative marriage between Joel and Ethan Coen and Carter Burwell. In fact, “marriage” is exactly the word Aronofsky uses to describe his work with both Mansell and frequent cinematographer Matty Libatique.

During a filmmaking master class given at the Marrakech Film Festival, Aronofsky recently talked about his entire career, and confirmed that Mansell will score Noah. In doing so he also talked about the nature of his work with the composer, and the quotes are not the boilerplate “we work well together” stuff we hear from most directors. Read More »

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We’ve seen the ark, we’ve seen Noah, and we’ve seen his friends and family. Now a new batch of set photos reveals the big scary villain that Russell Crowe‘s lead character will be up against. No, not the flood: Ray Winstone was revealed this summer as Tubal-cain, the apparently human nemesis to Crowe’s man of faith. Specifics on his character are hard to come by at this point, but judging by these images he’ll be getting roughed up quite a bit. Check them out after the jump.

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If you’ve been wondering how Darren Aronofky‘s film Noah will hand the whole “ark full of animals” part of the story of Noah, the photo above (seen in full below) will put the question to rest. Director of Photography Matthew Libatique posted the photo of the interior of the ark today, and we can see what looks like hints of enough reptiles to fill a couple zoos. Read More »

Briefly: Paramount let Michael Bay make his “little movie” Pain and Gain, based on a wild and very messed-up, violent story of bodybuilders who get into kidnapping, torture, and murder, and now the studio has set a April 26, 2013 as the release date for the picture. That puts Bay’s film up against only romcom The Big Wedding, with Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon. Pain and Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson as the core kidnappers/crazy people, with support from Anthony MackieEd Harris, Rob CorddryKen JeongTony Shalhoub, and Bar Paly.

Deadline also briefly reported that Paramount had set March 28, 2014 as the release date for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah. That original article has been pulled, so we’ll see if that date sticks or changes. (Edit: looking around more, I realized that date has been around for a while, so the reason Deadline pulled was likely a technical issue on their end. Pay attention only to the crazy bodybuilders, please.)

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