Watch This 8-minute Short Film Wes Anderson Made For Prada
In this short titledCastello Cavalcanti, Jason Schwartzman plays a race car driver who crashes in the middle of a village during the Molte Miglia rally in September 1955 and when a bus arrives to pick him up, he decides to wait for the next one. It’s a simple story told only in a way Wes Anderson could tell it: with lots of pan shots, an intricate set, and lots of primary colors.
[FNM] ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Meets ‘Magic: The Gathering’ In This Epic Fan-made Short Film
If Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley teamed up to make a movie about Magic, it’d probably go something like this. This film was created by Spencer Alexander for the 2011 Fox Film Festival where it took home the award for Best Editing and was a runner-up for the Audience Choice Award.
Stuck with a peppy female sidekick and up against seemingly insurmountable odds, young Lucas Penner enters himself into a clandestine underground card-playing tournament, unaware of the challenging opponents that stand between him and ultimate glory.
FNM a.k.a Friday Night Magic is a new weekly column where we share fan-created awesomeness inspired by the world’s most popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. Send your creations to firstname.lastname@example.org to see them featured in a future installment!
Perhaps you may have noticed, but I have a thing for finding mini-documentaries on nerd culture and bringing them to a wider audience. I love being able to support filmmakers. As a filmmaker, I know how hard getting an audience is and my hope is that I can help get people that audience. The same goes with art and other stuff.
Here we have a fantastic short documentary on the making of XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Polygon. It chronicles Jake Solomon’s struggle in making a new XCOM and how Sid Meier helped out.
This is a really beautifully shot documentary. I really enjoyed it. XCOM was one of my favorite games last year. This mini-doc brings us into the world of creating it and touches on the deeper theme of the struggle to make games and the value of a mentor. You can read more about the subject on Polygon’s website. You can also follow Polygon on Twitter.
Also, if you or anyone you know have a film on a topic like gaming or anything within the realm of geek culture, email me at email@example.com.
Great Micro-short Documentary on Minecraft and Kids
Britt McTammany brings us a compelling and beautifully shot micro-short on Minecraft and how it brings gamers, particularly younger kids, together. It’s incredible to see how well the young subjects of the documentary work together to achieve a common goal.
This short raises a lot of interesting things about Minecraft and make me want to see more. Hopefully, the subject can be tackled by Britt in a longer format.
‘Escape' - A Gut-Wrenching Short Film About A Little Girl And Her Love For Zelda Games
Little Danni gets bad grades in school and is always ridiculed. If that weren’t rough enough, she has to come home to parents who are always fighting with each other and yelling at her. Her only escape is to a land called Hyrule. You should probably watch this with some Kleenex.
What if after Chell escaped Aperture Laboratories at the end of Portal 2 she ran into Gordon Freeman from Half-Life? This fan film by Michael Shanks teams the two silent heroes up for an epic battle against the forces of evil. Watch as they kill things with portals and gravity. For science!
Step On A Crack, Break Your Mother’s Back: The Video Game. That’s just one example of the games we play in our minds on a daily basis. This video turns those made-up games in our heads into video games. Keep calm and don’t step on the hot lava.
A Little Bit On The Mega Man X Side: Well done fan film by Olan Rogers.
From the creator:
The beginning part of the video is a message Dr.Light records over 100 years ago, his lab is now abandoned. As the camera moves into the capsule you see a still running testing parameter where Mega Man X fights a hologram or drone in the form of Protoman. The reason I chose to use Protoman, was for the mystery surrounding him it’s never officially said what happens to him. So after this test ends with a charged blast from X he faces a choice to kill but he chooses to show mercy, After which a hologram appears telling him that his testing is done. What isn’t seen is who brought him out of the capsule which of course is Dr.Cain, maybe for another time. :)
This isn’t a perfect video I understand this, this is all independently made I didn’t have a lot of money but I decided to do it anyway I had 700 dollars, two green sheets, an amazing prop maker, two actors who worked for free because I didn’t have enough money to pay them, they still gave 110% and one awesome friend who busted his butt on the animation side. Thank you for taking the time to watch and for your support. I HOPE!!!! I did this game justice!
I love that we live in a day and age where technology has allowed us to make crazy shit like this in our basements and garages for less than $1,000. And yet, most porn still looks like it was shot on cheap handy-cams from Wal*Mart.
A Little Bit On The Magaziney Side: Here’s a clever little short film narrated by Matthew Frost and starring Ashley Smith to promote the brand spanking new magazine Jalouse. If they ever start selling t-shirts that said “”Fuck that shit.” - The Neighbor”, I’d totally buy one.
A Little Bit On The Sailor Moon Side: This live-action Sailor Moon short by DGS Studios and Roll and Rixy raised over $5,000 (doubling their $2,500 goal) in donations for the group to produce a full feature. The costumes are handmade, the music is all original, and the acting is… questionable, but you can tell a lot of heart went into making this.
Two years for a video under four minutes? You’ll see why once you hit play. Countdown, by Céline Desrumaux, has super fast editing with a whole lot of animation going on. The audio from APPART goes perfectly with the visuals, too.