Awesome Short Films

Offline (Short Film)

Offline (Short Film)

Created by 300/Wolverine VFX artist Matthew Santoro, Offline is the culmination of a two year effort; it’s a short film/spec trailer that’s looking to get backed as a full-length sci-fi film.

Funny: ZZZZOMBIES

Funny: ZZZZOMBIES

David King’s use of an overhead projector to shoot ZZZZOMBIES seems gimmicky at first glance, but this stop motion film is surprisingly tongue-in-brain. Warning: slightly gory.

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Video: Island of Horrors

Video: Island of Horrors

The Seafarers return for a Halloween visit to the Island of Horrors; it’s creepy, jarring, and a bit disjointed, but we couldn’t resist the chance to sample zombie pizzas and mummy wraps.

Short Film: Between

Short Film: Between

Thanks, Tim, for ruining all things happy and fluffy: Between uses seamless transitions to turn mundane things like stuffed animals and kids playing on beaches into terrifying objects.

Short Film: The Machine

Short Film: The Machine

Even if you take The Machine at face value (The Matrix w/puppets), it’s hard to miss its morality play angle; it’s otherwise a gorgeous stop-motion film styled like an old-time nickel arcade.

Trailer: Cup of Tears

Trailer: Cup of Tears

Sci-fi/martial arts flick The Cup Of Tears is extremely low-budget, but we couldn’t tell from this trailer: it’s a hybrid CGI/Live Action film by Gary Short that’s shot using a RED camera.

Short Film: Lineage, Part 1

Short Film: Lineage, Part 1

Lineage, Part 1 is up, and by the lords of Firenze does it deliver: this live-action take on Assassin’s Creed features gorgeous cinematography, plenty of action and a glimpse of young Ezio.

Assassin’s Creed: Lineage

Assassin’s Creed: Lineage

Like father, like son: Ezio’s dad Giovanni gets real blood on his hands with Assassin’s Creed: Lineage, a series of three live-action short films that’ll be released on YouTube starting 10/27.

Short Film: Yellow Cake

Short Film: Yellow Cake

Yellow Cake starts off innocently enough, but this mid-century style cartoon quickly morphs into something far more post-modern and disturbing with inequality, unrest and war.

Turbo (Short Film)

Turbo (Short Film)

Watch all 20 minutes of Turbo (we previewed it here) for free online; it’s a mashup of Tron and The Karate Kid and was shot using a RED camera by USC film school students.

Funny: Technology

Funny: Technology

Mark Fiore’s Technology is an animated short film that dares to ask (and rhyme) what happens when technophiles fully unplug from Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Thanks, Chris!

MGS: Philanthropy

MGS: Philanthropy

It’s no Hollywood blockbuster, but what Hive Division lacks in budget they make up for with passion in Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy; this first part of three runs just under an hour.

Short Film: The Cat Piano

Short Film: The Cat Piano

Winner at numerous Australian film festivals, The Cat Piano is a stylish take on film noir by The People’s Republic of Animation with sensuous poetry and a graphic 2D look.

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Video: Mundo de Papel

Video: Mundo de Papel

Created by Mexico-based Cru de Ladies, Mundo de Papel (“Paper World”) envisions a a life of college-ruled margins; it was made in 2 weeks using 3DS Max, After Effects, and Photoshop.

Artificial Paradise, Inc

Artificial Paradise, Inc

Like an artsy Matrix, Artificial Paradise, Inc is filled with organo-metallic monsters and wonderfully creepy sound effects; it was selected by both SIGGRAPH 2009 and ONEDOTZERO.

Short Film: Tarboy

Short Film: Tarboy

Tarboy is partly an animated short film with fighting robots and explosions galore, but it’s also an amazing technical demo: the entire movie was animated using Flash. Thanks, Will!

Short Film: Exeter Library

Short Film: Exeter Library

Based on the Philips Exeter Academy Library, Alex Roman’s atmospheric short film may look real, but it’s a partially CG work created with 3ds Max, Vray, AE and Premiere.

JumpTrumpRumpBump

JumpTrumpRumpBump

It’s fairly slow-paced, but JumpTrumpRumpBump’s trippy plot, jazzy music, and funky animations make up for it; each frame literally looks like a standalone art piece.

Short Film: Star Waiters

Short Film: Star Waiters

Wookie-sized props to the Make A Wish Foundation: Star Waiters is a 30 min film (it starts 9 min in) that fulfills 6th grader Mitch Kohler’s dream to make his own Star Wars movie.

Short Film: Cart

Short Film: Cart

Directed by Jesse Rosten, Cart pulls no punches when pulling the heart strings–surprising, considering that it’s a (beautifully filmed) short film about a shopping cart.

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Short Film: The Seafarers

Short Film: The Seafarers

Slightly NSFW: The voice acting is hammy and it starts off slow, but The Seafarer redeems itself in the second half: think giant robots with laser beams, machine guns and cannons.

Funny: Down To Earth

Funny: Down To Earth

As if taking a cement block elevator to the ocean floor weren’t enough: Down to Earth is a funny short film about a pinstriped mobster who can’t catch a break even in his final moments.

Weird Al x JibJab: CNR

Weird Al x JibJab: CNR

Move over, Chuck Norris, Charles Nelson Reilly is in town: Weird Al and JibJab team up for CNR, a White Stripes spoof that paints the actor as the badass to end all badasses.

Video: Birdy Nam Nam

Video: Birdy Nam Nam

It’s complete nonsense, but what beautiful nonsense it is: Birdy Nam Nam puts Daft Punk and Heavy Metal in a blender and spits out robots, sneakers, sugar cubes and sarcophagi.

Short Film: Virgile

Short Film: Virgile

Men have pined and puzzled over women since time immemorial, a plight made all the more poignant by Virgile: it’s a retro-styled animated short film about being out of your league.

Short Film: Musicotherapie

Short Film: Musicotherapie

Monkey doctors, octopus sushi chefs, brain-eating anteaters: you might have to get therapy after Musicotherapie; it’s a ridiculously weird short film which is both hypnotic and neurotic.

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