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Short Films

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – “Black Out 2022” Anime Short

In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new and highly-anticipated animated short which serves as a prologue for the upcoming feature film Blade Runner 2049. — Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
This is the 3rd and final Blade Runner 2049 prequel short.

 


BLADE RUNNER 2049 – “2048: Nowhere to Run” Short

Journey into the world 2049 with a replicant on the run. Dave Bautista is Sapper Morton.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The second of 3 Blade Runner 2049 short films.


BLADE RUNNER 2049 – “2036: Nexus Dawn” Short

Welcome to 2036. Niander Wallace introduces his new line of replicants.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The first of 3 Blade Runner 2049 Short Films.


DAEMONRUNNER – A Sci-Fi Horror Short

Described as Ghostbusters meets The Matrix in this experimental short film from the makers of Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead!

Check out more from these guys at: https://www.facebook.com/wyrmwoodmovie/


Rakka by Neill Blomkamp

Director Neill Blomkamp is known for inventive depictions of extraterrestrial warfare, like in District 9 (2009) and Elysium (2013). True to form, his latest short, Rakka, features a richly textured post-apocalyptic world where humans and otherworldly creatures battle over their entwined fates. And in keeping with sci-fi tradition, the queen of alien ass-kicking, Sigourney Weaver, leads a group of people who have planned a rebellion against the creatures who “came here to exterminate us.”

Rakka does feel somewhat like an extended trailer, and that is by design. The film is the first release from Blomkamp’s new venture, Oats Studios, which is an experimental incubator for feature-length ideas and new storytelling formats. The studio has released the film for free, but asks audiences to support its future work by voluntarily paying for the work in return for some digital assets like scripts, concept art, and 3D models.

Blomkamp told The Verge that Rakka is just the seed of a larger project, whose form is yet unknown. “Rakka feels like it could almost be more of an episodic thing,” he said, “because there’s a lot of avenues to explore. The footage is too unconventional and weird [for a mainstream feature], and the audience has to think of the footage as a snapshot of the window of this world.”


Kermode Uncut: Wes Craven – Pioneer of Horror

Mark Kermode pays tribute to Wes Craven – one of the most gifted horror directors of our time.


Airlock

Check out the new series from the creators of The Tunnel, Enzo Tedeschi & Julian Harvey.

When a ghost ship docks with a remote space station, Jonah Ashbrook’s investigation into the fate of the crew quickly escalates when a group of stowaways are discovered on board.

Buy the bundle at http://www.deadhousefilms.com for the entire series PLUS a TON OF BONUS EXTRAS DOWNLOADS:

– All 3 episodes (w English Subtitles)
– “LOCKDOWN” Behind The Scenes Featurette
– “Clear The Aura” Music Video
– Original Score Album by Paul Dawkins
– “Songs Inspired By Airlock” EP featuring Tim Hilberts, Adam Slade and Split Dogs
– Teaser Trailer


Dawn of the Stuff…

Check out the final full length 3min fictive trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Zombies and the Killer Plants on some Serious Acid! Created by Alf Lovvold, a 3D generalist specializing in previz / layout / editing @ Gimpville HERE


Prank – Short Film by Alex Weight

Written and Directed by Alex Weight, Prank tells the story of three young teenage boys Richie (Jesse Hyde), Bobby (Karl Beattie) and Sam (Benson Anthony) who come together for just one special night to catch up with an old friend they haven’t seen in years. It’s not until they arrive at their destination do things take a turn for the worse.

PRANK from Alex Weight on Vimeo.


Predator: Dark Ages – Teaser

New teaser trailer to the upcoming short fan film PREDATOR: Dark Ages. Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from.

Starring Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane. Written and directed by James Bushe… bring it on!


Realm

REALM from Scott Speer on Vimeo. Starring Adelaide Kane and William Russ. Directed by Scott Speer, written by John Swetnam, produced by John Swetnam, Andrew Ellis, and Scott Speer.

A young woman (Adelaide Kane) possesses the power to enter the soul of the possessed to wage physical battle against their inner demons. This short film has demonstrated enough franchise potential for the teenage exorcist (Buffy..?) that the Rebecca Sonnenshine spec script Realm just sold for a reported mid-six-figure deal.


Friday the 13th & the Birth of Jason Voorhees

Sebastian Twardosz interviews Friday the 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham to talk about everything from  how the film started out as only a title to the creation of the infamous hockey mask.

  • 00:30 — Introducing Sean S. Cunningham.
  • 00:45 — How Friday the 13th started as just a title.
  • 03:35 — The making of Friday The 13th.
  • 06:00 — Creating the soundscape of Friday The 13th.
  • 09:00 — Expectations after releasing the film.
  • 11:15 — What it’s like working with the same people on multiple projects.
  • 12:50 — Creating the grudge match Freddy vs Jason.
  • 15:00 — How did Jason Voorhees’ mask become part of the character?
  • 16:30 — Cunningham’s change of heart and decision to not be a doctor.
  • 21:15 — Raising funds before Kickstarter existed.
  • 22:05 — Early film projects of Sean S. Cunningham.
  • 24:25 — Bringing The Last House on the Left into being with Wes Craven.
  • 27:00 — Kids sports films; Here Come the Tigers and Manny’s Orphans.
  • 30:50 — Spring Break.
  • 33:50 — House and My Boyfriend’s Back.
  • 37:00 — Watching a screening of Alien with O.J. Simpson.

Not only dose Cunningham share information about how the franchise (originally not intending to be one) was formulated, but he shares some keen wisdom on filmmaking as well. For instance, he shares a story about when he first screened Friday the 13th for Wes Craven and was told that it was boring and slow. However, when he screened the final cut with all the audio, music, and sound effects added, reactions completely changed. Cunningham expresses how large of an impact the right soundtrack can make on how your viewers respond to your film emotionally.


David Cronenberg Tribute

David Cronenberg (1969 – 2014) from Hello Wizard on Vimeo.


Saul Bass: Famous Title’s from Preminger to Scorsese

Acclaimed titles designer Saul Bass worked with some of Hollywood’s most legendary directors during his 40-plus year career, and on some of their best pictures. His first title credit was on Otto Preminger’s 1954 Carmen Jones. From there, Bass went on to collaborate on over 60 films, many of which have become much deserved cinema classics.

In this hour-long compilation, YouTube user FlaneurSolitaire pieces together scores of Bass’ revered title sequences in chronological order, starting with The Man with the Golden Arm (also directed by Preminger), from 1955. Bass also did the titles for Spartacus (1960), which you can find at the 20:19 mark of the video.

Preminger isn’t the only director to bring Bass aboard more than once. Bass also developed long lasting working relationships with such historic and undeniably influential talents as Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest to name but a few) and, later, Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Casino). In fact, Casino is the last sequence Bass did before he passed away in 1996.

Just look at these designs. Bass’ unique eye and aesthetic helped capture the essence of each film he worked on, often in less than three minutes.


Babadook – Dr Suess Style

Near perfect mash-up of The Cat in the Hat and The Babadook…


The Outer Darkness – Part 1

The Outer Darkness is Part 1 of a terrifying new web series from the creators of popular horror show Bloody Cuts. Check out the official website HERE and the official facebook page HERE

“On Friday evenings in Lynnsmouth Community Centre, meets a group led by Father Jonathan Crowe. Together they share their stories – tales of strange occurrences, horrific events and bizarre encounters that have scarred their lives. Tonight, a young tormented woman called Jenny will share a story of her experience with a game of chance that sealed the fate of her family…”


Alien Chestburster – Art of the Scene

A newborn Xenomorph bursting violently from John Hurt’s chest is one of the most iconic, and important, scenes in science fiction or horror movie history. A lot went on before and after Ridley Scott shouted “Action”


Silent Hills P.T. The Movie

Home-made editing from the game Resident Evil: Revelations. Captured and edited by Nabil Ayari… and it’s better than most found footage movies. Check out more shorts over at GameBillStudio HERE


Tales of Halloween – Production Diaries 2

Three more Production diaries from the forthcoming Tales of Halloween anthology series. You can see the first 3 diaries HERE.




He Took His Skin Off For Me

The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea… Exceptional short film from Ben Aston. Check out the webpage HERE

Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It’s worth it.

He Took His Skin Off For Me from Ben Aston on Vimeo.


The Last Time I Saw Richard

Excellent short film by Nicholas Verso. “In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows?”

The Last Time I Saw Richard from Nicholas Verso on Vimeo.


Psycho Shower Scene in LEGO

Any regular visitors to this blog will be aware that I like a bit of LEGO and love Psycho… so you can imagine how good it was to find this clip by Bricktease. you can see more at his YouTube site HERE



The Boxtrolls – Time Lapse End Credits

Check out this time-lapse film form the end credits of one of the best movies of 2014, The Boxtrolls.


Krampus

Seasons grievings! Check out the ghastly holiday-horror spectacular, “Krampus” – based on the terrifying tales of Germanic folklore! Naughty? Nice? Either way, yule be terrified. Awesome fake trailer from Midnight Crew Studios.