Independent filmmaker Danny Donahue set out to make a movie about time travel and dinosaurs. Despite having virtually no budget, he created an impactful short film that relies heavily on sound effects to build dramatic tension. Even more impressive is that Danny did the CGI himself with no prior knowledge of the tech. (Thanks, Rob!)
Awesome Short Films
(PG-13: Language) In this tense short film by Andrew David Barker and Ashley Price, a man receives a harassing phone call from a debt collection agency and refuses to meet their demands. But there’s more to the circumstances surrounding the intimidating call than just the small amount of money he owes.
(PG-13: Language) We’re sure our actor friends can relate to this short film about a man who takes a rather unglamourous gig for a chance at a good part. Liam Harkins stars as Malky, the actor who knows he can do so much more in this understated comedy by writer-director Tom Nicoll.
Remember the Fizzy Lifting Drinks scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Well, if this comedy sketch from Rick Darge and John Weselcouch is to be believed, you can achieve the same basic effect by just drinking way too much LaCroix sparkling water.
Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard created this captivating music video for the electronic track Bellatrix by Sébastien Guérive. He created the monochrome imagery by saturating hot water with chemicals that spontaneously crystallize when cooled. Go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up your headphones to 11 for this one.
Visual artist Darren “Darius Twin” Pearson is known for his long-exposure light paintings. He has a particular fondness for skeletons. For the short film Fiat Lux, he captured more than 680 hand-painted scenes, then assembled them into an animation. Each of the 11 scenes is also available as an NFT.
Despite an intentionally low frame rate, the animation in Olivier Lescot’s short film The Rift is impeccable, producing a great sense of movement through the use of motion blur and other visual techniques. Strap in for a brief but action-packed ride as a man finds himself chased into the night by a mysterious and heavily-armed crew.
What would happen if three of the greatest adventurers came face-to-face in search of the same treasure? Devin Supertramp and crew headed to Uzbekistan to find out. This short action film stars stunt actors Braxton McAllister, Michaela McAllister, and Corbett McAllister as the heroes of Uncharted, Tomb Raider, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A little while back, Mr. Michal showed off a sweet mini artillery truck he built that fires ball bearings. Now watch the chaos that ensues as that truck does battle alongside a similarly-equipped tank on a field filled with plastic army men and toy tanks in his action short film “Battlefield 2022.”
The biggest cruise ships out there can be taller than a 10-story building. So imagine what it must be like living in a cozy Norwegian cottage when one of these floating behemoths pulls up outside your window to dock. Odveig Klyve’s wordless short film View puts things in perspective.
Nathan Boey and Spy Films enlisted the help of 39 fellow animators to create this collaborative short film. The concept is simple: animate a ball for three seconds, then hand it off to another animator in a different country to pick up where they left off. The result is an inventive and engaging 2-minute animation in a variety of styles.
Pip Ketchip and Nic Musterd are friends. One day, they stop to enjoy lunch outdoors and strike up a conversation about tap water, bicycles, vacuum cleaners, and bear attacks. And then The Fuzz turns up. Real Big Boys knocked it out of the park with their comedy sketch about homophones.
Sandro Bocci of JuliaSetLab and Dugong Films creates art by photographing the interactions between liquids, as see through the lens of a microscope. Watch as these puddles of fluids of varying viscosities form patterns that look like the clouds and planets of a distant galaxy.
(PG-13: Gore/Language) Julien David’s hilariously warped animated short tells the tale of the greedy CEO of a company that produces a half-organic/half-chemical chicken. But after introducing a new variant of his Frankensteined-together “Maybe Chicken” at a party, things go horribly awry.
Inspired by the 15th-century painting The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, animator Georges Schwizgebel imagined the movement that played out on the battlefield in the moments leading up to the scene in the original painting. Each frame was hand-painted with acrylics.
(PG-13: Language) Filmmakers Karl Poyzer and Joe Roberts follow up their hilarious sci-fi comedy short Floaters with a sequel about two oblivious pilots discussing their daring, but ill-conceived escape from a high-security space prison. Zach Braff and Joel Fry provide their voices this time.
(Gore) This award-winning short film by KULIK envisions a future where humanoid robots take the place of door-to-door salespeople. But this one homeowner has had enough of the unwanted solicitors, and when an apparent human turns up at his door he must determine if they’re telling the truth. Turn on subtitles.
After a comment about “your kind,” a man thinks he’s being called out for being gay. But it turns out that Anders is being picked on for something completely different that he doesn’t even realize. Writer/Director Victoria Warmerdam’s short film offers a biting social commentary about stereotypes and being treated like an outsider.
Stephen’s 8×6 Workshop created this silly low-budget short film about a man who protects a prehistoric creature who also happens to be a tool from his workshop. But when the baby calipersaurus cries out, its parents aren’t too happy with the situation. We love the TARDIS sound effects. (Thanks, Steph!)
New York City’s public transit system carries millions of passengers each day, so it’s bound to have its share of items left behind on its seats and platforms. Vicente Cueto’s documentary short film tells the story of lost items and their owners, as told by Sonny Drayton of NYC’s Subways and Buses Lost & Found department.