What’s Up?! From Short Film to Spielberg!

Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael

What’s up, good people?! Let us give thanks for a cornucopia of short film news!

A short film can be your “business card.” These days, filmmakers are reaping major benefits from having impressive short film work on their resume. Take Emily Carmichael—you may not know who she is now, but you will. Carmichael has had success with her web series, “The Adventures of Ledo and Ix,” but her future is growing brighter.

Now, she’s bypassing everyone else in the game. Her short film “Stryka” is the stepping stone to her next two major projects: penning Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, starring John Boyega, and directing Powerhouse, the new property from Steven Spielberg.

Click here to check out the short film that launched Carmichael into the spotlight.

 

This Week’s Short

Still from short film "Thanksgiving Dinner"

Still from “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Director Brian W. Seibert and writer Colette Mazunik collaborate to cook up something special for the well-crafted short film, “Thanksgiving Dinner.” It may even put you in mind of Clerks if Kevin Smith had made a completely different movie. Like, completely different:

Abbie has had enough of being the outcast in her family. After a particularly brutal Thanksgiving dinner with her family, she offers an unassuming stranger, James, the proposal of a lifetime.

Turkey Day is a few weeks away, but why wait? Get in the holiday mood for tradition and dysfunction; cranberry sauce and kids’ tables. Click here to watch and let us know if this short film reminds you of the holidays at your place. Oh, and could you please pass the anxiety? Thanks.

 

Around the Web…

Michelle Williams - LIFF

Michelle Williams – Certain Women

If you’re in or around the UK, the Leeds International Film Festival begins this Thursday in The Headrow, Leeds and there is so much good filmmaking it’ll make your head spin. Certain Women is gaining a lot of attention for stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern. Perhaps more importantly, there are several short film programs you simply cannot miss.

Still from short film "Death Metal"

Still from “Death Metal”

One such short program is the Dead Shorts competition, a series of humor and horror films, for those of you weening off of Halloween or still recovering from the Walking Dead season premiere (#nospoilers). Dead Shorts is one of 6 competitive short film programs throughout the week.

Check out the complete list of films and events so you can make your own decision.

Still from short film "A Feeling Like Chaos"

Still from “A Feeling Like Chaos”

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) has been influencing science fiction in literature for some time, but now films are greatly benefiting from her work as well. Later this month, REDCAT presents “Let It Be Known: Short Films Inspired by Octavia E. Butler,” a short film series curated by Erin Christovale in Los Angeles.

Take a look at Butler in an interview speaking about how she views her own work. You may want to compare her literature with the short films and see how they relate.

 

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What’s Up?! A Scary Short Film, Oscar Diversity

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities (short film and movie news)

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities movie poster/imdb.com

What’s up good people?! We hope your Holiday weekend was splendid and that you are ready for Some short film AND MOVIE news!

Is it possible for a film to be both scary and adorable? Apparently it is, if this report about a short film from New Zealand is to be believed.

“Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities,” a film created by the Media Design School of New Zealand, is garnering a boatload of accolades. The animated short, directed by James Cunnigham, chronicles the biggest threat to animal kind the world over, human absent-mindedness. A Father Possum reads off an entire litany of casualties that animal kind have suffered at the hands of humans. Here is the five-minute short film in its entirety.

According to Nerdist, 44 students created over 30 CGI creatures that were featured in “Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities.”

At any rate, this short film, will likely make you come to a few conclusions:

One, human beings are terrible.

Two, this makes my skin crawl. 

And three, it is absolutely lovely to watch. 

If a short film can elicit those responses, chances are you’ve got a winner.

Itsashort.com’s “Short of the Week”

The Pradys (2014) (Short Film and Movie News)

The Pradys movie poster

Family secrets, sibling rivalry and a dog?! “The Pradys,” our short film of the week, has all this and apparently more.  The short is about a guy who, upon admitting he dropped out of law school, gets a reaction from his parents that he didn’t quite expect.

Explained writer Jessica Hendrickson, “The Pradys is a comedic short film I wrote a couple years ago about the hilarious consequences that ensue as a result of the little lies families keep from each other.” 

At any rate, the consequences are quite hilarious. The Pradys has been accepted at a number of prestigious indie film festivals such as the LA Indie Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, among others.

Bop on over to this link at itsashort.com and prepare to giggle.

 

Oscars: Latest Diversity Push Barely Moves The Needle

Idris Elba, 2014 (short film and movie news)

Idris Elba/Wikimedia Commons

After February’s Oscar debacle, organizers are pushing for more diversity. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently invited 683 filmmakers, actors and industry types to join its body, the most ethnic and gender diverse class ever.

Forty-one percent of the new class is comprised of people of color, bumping the overall academy from 8% to 11% people of color, according to the Los Angeles Times. Currently, the Academy is comprised of more than 6,000 members.

Should these new invitees assent to inclusion, the impact would still be slight. The same is true on the gender side.

Male membership would slip from 75% to 73% – white membership from 92% to 89%, reports BBC News.

Rachel McAdams (short film and movie news)

Rachel McAdams/Wikimedia Commons

The invitees list still manages to be impressive. It’s a who’s who of established actors like Rachel McAdams, Idris Elba, Anika Noni RoseBrie Larson and Jacob Vargos.

Even the dude from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the list:

This latest push for inclusion comes months after the 88th Annual Academy Awards controversy. The apparent lack of diversity among Oscar nominees sparked a massive outcry and birthed the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

As for the push for inclusion, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacssaid the plan is to “keep that pedal to the metal.”

“The industry is evolving,” she said, “and the more inclusion the better…We absolutely want to change the demographics of the Academy, but what is of the utmost importance is recognizing the challenge that is there. Production companies, studios, different organizations can create more opportunities, and I think we’ll see more diversity as the years go on.”

We at itsashort.com look forward to seeing the results of this latest initiative.

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