Short Films: Superman vs. Hulk

Check out Mike Habjan’s series of Superman vs. Hulk CGI short films. Mike works on these independently on his own time and has put in years of work. You can see between each part how much improvement he has made as the graphics just get better, the action gets more intense, and the length of each part is longer. He has done a superb job and I hope he keeps making more of these. Check them out and enjoy!
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Short Film: Agent Orange – Directed by the Late Tony Scott

Here is another short by the late Tony Scott. (Check my previous post for Beat the Devil.) Agent Orange was made in 2004 after Man on Fire and before Domino according to IMDb. Man on Fire was Tony Scott’s first movie with his psychedelic style with quick edits and blends of fire tone colors. It was heavily used again in Domino. This short is part of a series of short films commissioned by where the central theme was karma – what goes around comes around. This is probably why the color orange is so dominant throughout.

In Agent Orange a young man waiting in the subway spots a girl dressed in all orange and is completely captivated by her. Before he realizes, she is on the train and the doors close. He has to wait the next day in the hopes that she will be at the same subway at around the same time of day. We continue to see what this man does as he desperately tries to meet the girl that has become infatuated with.

And now, the feature presentation… Enjoy!

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Short Film: Cadaver – A Bittersweet Love Story Starring Christopher Lloyd

Cadaver is a dark poem brought to life through animation of two med students who discover a cadaver awakened to say a final goodbye to his wife. Director and writer Jonah Ansell says Cadaver “began as a short, whimsical poem that I wrote to my kid sister the day she cut open her first dead body as a med student at Chicago’s Northwestern University.” The short film stars Tavi Gevinson who has gained worldwide notoriety through a fashion blog for teenagers she started all on her own. Christopher Lloyd, our favorite Doc from Back to the Future, plays the Cadaver in search of his wife. The story has a few twists along the way. The poem is dark but finds some humor along the way as well as some emotion. If he were still around today I would bet Edgar Allen Poe would find this amusing as I would think you would too! Check it out =)



Short Film: Croissant de Triomphe – A New Mickey Mouse Adventure in Paris

ZZ004B3C57-550x307Disney is finally ready to bring back Mickey Mouse and friends to a new generation. Since his first appearance in Steamboat Willie in 1928 Mickey Mouse has appeared in 127 animations but has only appeared in three since the 1980’s. (Four if you count Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) Disney Animations has now teamed up with Paul Rudish who is the American animator who brought us Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Disney is set to release 19 new animation shorts which will take place in many contemporary cities such as New York, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Venice, The Alps, and Santa Monica. They will have the throwback look and feel of the 1930’s Mickey Mouse designs although slight alterations are made blending Paul Rudish’s style of his previous work. If you have a keen eye, you will be able to catch tributes of other previous Disney animations thrown in the mix.

The first one, titled Croissant de Triomphe, has already been released through Minnie Mouse runs out of Croissant’s at her cafe and calls Daisy at her pastry shop. Mickey Mouse must urgently deliver the croissants through all kinds of traffic and fun obstacles. It is a joy to watch especially after not seeing Mickey Mouse and crew in so long. The whole thing is in French too which adds to the fun of it. No subtitles are needed as the dialogue is simple enough to understand and simply because it is the animation itself that drives the story.

Disney is off to a great start with these new animations and I look forward to seeing the rest. They will begin airing June 28th, 2013 on the Disney Channel.

Now enough talk. Click the link, sit back, and enjoy the show! Or should I say, “Profitez du spectacle!” 😉

Croissant de Triomphe on Disney Video



Short Film: Beat the Devil by the Late Tony Scott

beat the devilIn 2001 and 2002 BMW released a series of eight movie shorts as a clever promotion. BMW brought in talented directors such as Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, and John Woo. Clive Owen was the main character known only as, “The Driver.” Many other well-known actors took were also involved such as Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, and Don Cheadle. David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) produced the first five but couldn’t continue because he began work on Panic Room. Tony and Ridley Scott took over for the next three and Tony Scott directed what most people believe to be the best one – Beat the Devil.

The story’s concept originated from David Fincher and Tony Scott delivered in beautifully. You can see Scott’s visual style throughout, reminding you of his style in Man on Fire and Domino. The Driver is employed by James Brown, played by himself, as they go meet with the Devil played by Gary Oldman (Fifth Element). We find out that James Brown made a deal with the Devil in 1954 for fame and fortune in exchange for his soul. Now that he is getting old he wants to renegotiate his contract or rather to propose a wager. I don’t want to give away the story but let’s just say the Devil has his own driver played by Danny Trejo (Machete) and how would two drivers compete? Hint: Remember this is a BMW promotional movie short.

Now sit back and enjoy this ride!

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