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Franchescanado
Feb 23, 2013

If it wasn't for disappointment,
I wouldn't have any appointment.


Grimey Drawer

Short Film Megathread




What qualifies as a short film?

There is no official consensus or definition for the length of a “short.” A short film is any motion picture not long enough to be considered a feature film. Sundance Film Festival defines any film under 50 minutes as a short film. The Academy Awards defines a run-time under 40 minutes as a short film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits". For the sake of this thread, we will add a little more wiggle room and say a short film is any film 60 minutes or under.


General Rules
Please post as much information as you can about the short. This includes length, director, year it was released, and format (animated, documentary, narrative) or any other information you would like to provide.
If your short is or , it must be labeled. This is not to limit what you post, but to provide fair warning. Use common sense with your discretion. Nudity, graphic violence, or extreme images should come with a warning. Videos posted without a warning will get you reported.
Providing at least one screenshot is preferred, but not it’s not mandatory.
If your short has multiple sources, post them.
Don't be an rear end in a top hat.
General CineD rules apply in here.


FAQs
Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes, Silly Symphonies, and other classic animated shorts can be posted.
You may post your own short films.
This isn't the music video thread. However, many of the greatest directors have made music videos and commercials. Music videos and commercials can be posted, but use discretion. Keep it interesting, weird, artistic, etc. Basically, if the video is good enough to justify itself above the song or product it's promoting, then it's good enough for the thread. (Acceptable: Michel Gondry's Levi Jeans commercial | Acceptable: Eric Wareheim's music video for "Bubble Butt" | Probably Not Acceptable: the music video for "Broccoli" by DRAM ft. Lil Yachty)


Previous Short Film Megathread

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Franchescanado
Feb 23, 2013

If it wasn't for disappointment,
I wouldn't have any appointment.


Grimey Drawer



Short Film Resources:

Le CiNéMa Club - New short films present for streaming every Friday. (thanks FancyMike!)
Short of the Week - Watch the most innovative stories—Documentary, Comedy, Sci-fi, Horror, Experimental, Animation, Inspiration, Student films, Award winners & more short films

Franchescanado fucked around with this message at Mar 27, 2019 around 13:52

axelblaze
Oct 18, 2006

Congratulations The One Concern!!!

You're addicted to Ivory!!

and...oh my...could you please...
oh my...



Grimey Drawer

I will try and probably fail to post a short of the week here every week. Let's start with a classic

Short(s) of the Week
The Procedure
//vimeo.com/254765686
https://vimeo.com/254765686
Warning: Really for reasons I won't get into because if I don't the short will not be as good. Just watch it.

I should note that there has been a sequel to this made, I don't think it's been released in any form outside of backers so I'm not going to post a link, but it's pretty much what you'd expect.

FancyMike
May 7, 2007



http://www.lecinemaclub.com/
It's down for now, but I'd like to recommend Le CiNéMa Club as a place to watch interesting shorts. The archive page has links to stream films they've shown that are available elsewhere online. A couple I have enjoyed:

Skaterdater (1965, dir Noel Black) 17min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFPkq8eOO9Q

Necktie (2013, dir Yorgos Lanthimos) 90sec

https://www.lanthimos.com/other/necktie/

The Second Line (2007, dir John Magary) 20min

https://vimeo.com/65980230

Franchescanado
Feb 23, 2013

If it wasn't for disappointment,
I wouldn't have any appointment.


Grimey Drawer

Limbo: The Organized Mind
1976 | 5 min. | Jim Henson

Surreal animation about the processes of our mind, including thoughts, imagination and memory.



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc4z9U-5LL0
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/160660771
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/limbo-the-organized-mind/

An important note is that Jim Henson made this in collaboration with composer Raymond Scott, but some available versions have incorporated new musical compositions instead of the original.

Franchescanado fucked around with this message at Mar 4, 2019 around 19:50

K. Waste
Feb 27, 2014

MORAL:
To the vector belong the spoils.


I've decided that this year I'm gonna plumb through Jan Švankmajer's filmography in chronological order. I've only gotten to three shorts so far, so I thought I might as well post them here and keep the thread updated on my later progress:

The Last Trick
1964 | 11 min.

Two magicians, Mr.Schwarzwald and Mr.Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHlF2iULcuc
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/1246643
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/the-last-trick/


J.S.Bach: Fantasia in G minor
1965 | 9 min.

Švankmajer composes a montage of cracked and decaying walls to accompany one of Bach's most famous organ pieces.



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCMNLP1gUwk
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/jsbach-fantasia-in-g-minor/


A Game with Stones
1965 | 9 min.

Every three hours a cuckoo clock gives birth to stones. Those stones take on a life of their own, dancing in an increasingly complex revery that comes to represent the elemental nature of life, sexual reproduction, and human society.



Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/99961406
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/a-game-with-stones/

Jenny Agutter
Mar 18, 2009



Another good resource for short films is Kanopy, although it feels bad to blow through your 10 allotted films in under an hour.

Jenny Agutter
Mar 18, 2009



7:35 de la mańana
2003 | 8 min.

Oscar nominated short musical.



Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1isC_3Ehdo

Jenny Agutter
Mar 18, 2009



FancyMike posted:

Necktie (2013, dir Yorgos Lanthimos) 90sec

you could have told me this was a Wes Anderson short and I would have believed it

Egbert Souse
Nov 6, 2008



Free Radicals (1958, Len Lye)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXklbPxVGlQ

"Begun in 1958 and completed in 1979, Lye made the film by directly scratching the film stock. The resulting "figures of motion" are set to music by the Bagirmi tribe of Africa" - Wikipedia

pog boyfriend
Jul 2, 2011



Cat Soup (2011, Tatsuo Satou)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlLBX4EIlJY

a surrealist animated short film that i was instructed to post in this forum. vaguely nsfw at times. a story about a brother trying to bring back his sister from the dead.

space chandeliers
Apr 8, 2008



CAMERA (2001, David Cronenberg, narrative)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC7YsHWoX5A

A film crew staffed by children prep an old Panavision to film the Actor (Cronenberg regular Leslie Carlson), who shows resentment and regret for a life spent in front of a lens. This is one of my favorite shorts of all time.

K. Waste
Feb 27, 2014

MORAL:
To the vector belong the spoils.


Protect You + Me
2008 | 9 min. | Brady Corbet

A reminder of a long-forgotten event, combined with a challenging situation, provokes a man to extreme action.



Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/46398048
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/protect-you-me/

Franchescanado
Feb 23, 2013

If it wasn't for disappointment,
I wouldn't have any appointment.


Grimey Drawer

Fauve
2018 | 17 min. | Jérémy Comte | Canada

Two boys playing in an abandoned surface mine take turns outdoing each other.



Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/293033666
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/fauve/

Franchescanado
Feb 23, 2013

If it wasn't for disappointment,
I wouldn't have any appointment.


Grimey Drawer




Karel Zeman (3 November 1910 – 5 April 1989) was a Czech film director, artist, production designer and animator, best known for directing fantasy films combining live-action footage with animation.

A true successor to Georges Méličs and a wizard of the big screen, as he was often called, Karel Zeman was born in Ostroměř near Nová Paka in northern Bohemia.

Since his childhood he had adored puppets and performed with them in a puppet theater. Despite his artistic talent his parents insisted he study business at high school in Kolín. At the age of 17, responding to advertisement in a newspaper, he went to Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, where he studied advertising design. While in France, he frequently visited the cinema, and became especially interested in animated movies. He was to put this knowledge to good use in his own first attempt at animation – an advertisement for soap.

He traveled widely in his youth, hiking in Morocco, Egypt, Yugoslavia and Greece. After his military service he returned to work in advertising, and, in 1939, he was about to make an extended trip to Casablanca in Morocco, as a representative of the Báťa shoe company, but failed to get the necessary papers from the then Protectorate authorities in time and in the end he had to stay put.

He then began working as head of the advertising section of a department store in Brno. In 1943, the film director Elmar Klos was sent to make a report about a window-dressing competition which Zeman had recently won. Klos was so taken by Zeman's work that he immediately offered him a job at the Bata Film Studios, in the Kudlov suburb of Zlín. Thus began the professional career of this later world famous film director and production designer.

Zeman often had to struggle against difficult conditions in the technically ill-equipped Kudlov Studios. Many of the workers with whom he started had no particular experience of filming. They, like Zeman himself, had to learn everything on the job. Gradually a coordinated creative team emerged.

Zeman's works were influential to the Czech animator Jan Švankmajer, as well as to the American filmmaker Terry Gilliam, who said of Zeman: "He did what I'm still trying to do, which is to try and combine live action with animation. His Doré-esque backgrounds were wonderful."

The American filmmaker Tim Burton described Zeman's creative process as "extremely inspirational" to his own work, and identified Zeman and the American animator Ray Harryhausen as his influences "in terms of doing stop motion and a more handmade quality … Karel Zeman did that amazingly."

Harryhausen himself also spoke in interviews of his admiration for Zeman, and the films of the American director Wes Anderson have included homages to Zeman's works.

The film historian Georges Sadoul identified Zeman as having "widened the horizons of the eighth art, animation," adding:

He is justly considered Méličs's successor. He undoubtedly brings the old master to mind, not only because he is an artisan impassioned by art, creating his "innocent inventions" with infinite patience rather than with large budgets, but also because of his ingenuous and always ingenious fantasies. Less intellectual than Trnka, but nonetheless his equal, he has great zest and a marvelous sense of baroque oddities and poetic gags.

On the occasion of an animation exhibition in 2010, curators at the Barbican Centre said of Zeman: "although his influence outweighs his global fame, he is unarguably one of the greatest animators of all time."

A brilliant pioneer of special effects in film, he is still one of the few Czech directors to be universally recognized in the world of cinema.


Vánocní sen, aka Christmas Dream
1946 | 11 min. | dirs Bořivoj Zeman, Karel Zeman

A little girl finds all kinds of toys under the Christmas Tree. She immediately throws her old doll aside and starts playing with her new dolls.



YouTube
YouTube
Letterboxd



Inspirace aka Inspiration
1949 | 10 min.

A glass blower imagines that his creations come to life.



YouTube
YouTube
Vimeo
Letterboxd


Král Lávra , aka King Lavra
1950 | 28 min.

A king hides an embarrassing secret.



YouTube
Vimeo
Letterboxd


dětem
1980 | 17 min.



YouTube
Vimeo
Letterboxd


I will create a follow-up post with Zeman's series of films with character Mr. Prokouk.

Franchescanado fucked around with this message at Mar 28, 2019 around 20:47

Pastry of the Year
Apr 12, 2013



PRZYPADEK? (8m 59s, dir. by Krzysztof Kiwerski, 1977)

I'd never heard of this (or its director) before this morning, but I really like it. An abstract, animated film with excellent hand-drawn geometric visuals, the narrative energy of this (weirdly enough) reminds me of one of the earliest, wordless Aeon Flux shorts.











I couldn't take my eyes off of it.

K. Waste
Feb 27, 2014

MORAL:
To the vector belong the spoils.


Up Is Down
1968-1969 | 5-6 min. | Millie Goldsholl

A boy who walks on his hands enjoys a different view of the world, much to the chagrin of the adults in the town in which he lives.



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inoFCO19T8o#t=317s
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/up-is-down/

K. Waste
Feb 27, 2014

MORAL:
To the vector belong the spoils.


K. Waste posted:

Up Is Down
1968-1969 | 5-6 min. | Millie Goldsholl

A boy who walks on his hands enjoys a different view of the world, much to the chagrin of the adults in the town in which he lives.



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inoFCO19T8o#t=317s
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/up-is-down/

Kubota
1982 | 20 min. | Jonny Silver

A film featuring architect, sculptor, and musician Nobuo Kubota in a sound-sculpture performance. From within a cage-like structure filled with traditional musical instruments and sound-making devices fashioned from ordinary objects and toys, Kubota creates an aural/visual montage of musical notes and noises. Praised by music educators as a valuable tool for teaching creativity in sound exploration and musical innovation, the film reveals the infinite percussion possibilities of simple objects and presents a portrait of a versatile performer whose imagination has led him far beyond the confines of conventional music.



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09CCuQijJ1A
Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/kubota/

Skwirl
May 13, 2007

No you're wrong

I haven't seen it, but here's Chloe Sevigny debut short film, Kitty

quote:

A girl dreams of becoming a kitten.


Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/212006641
Letterboxed: https://letterboxd.com/film/kitty-2016/

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FancyMike
May 7, 2007



Haven't watched it yet, but https://www.lecinemaclub.com/ is back, with an early short from Claire Denis. Keep it for Yourself,1991, 40min https://boxd.it/cSXO

quote:

[Please note: This transfer is sourced from a Japanese-subtitled VHS tape – the only screenable copy of the film known to exist. Light restoration work has been done with the help of Damien Van Der Cruyssen at The Mill and Caleb Townsend to ensure the highest possible audio and picture quality.]

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