Sunday, January 05, 2014

2013 in Short Films

Eleven months on and I'm still convinced that short films are the new science fiction shorty story. Thanks to the Internet, they have the kind of reach and distribution that written short stories used to enjoy back in the heyday of science fiction magazines here in the US.

While 2013 didn't produce as many solid, high concept pieces as 2012, here's what I enjoyed.

Ruin, by Wes Ball. Optioned to become a full length feature film by 20th Century Fox, this is a smart chase scene weaving through a beautifully shot post-nano apocalypse world.

RUIN from Wes Ball on Vimeo.

Explosions, by Christopher Frey works on many levels. It's cinematic, it's intense, and where so many short genre pieces on the Internet lose my attention in the first three minutes, Explosions puts us right into a terrifying day when gravity has failed. Whether it's something religious in nature or an unthinkably advanced civilization that is sweeping up humanity is deliberately left unanswered.

EXPLOSIONS from Christopher Frey on Vimeo.

Sintel, by Colin Levy. A pretty, fifteen minute animated fantasy that is by turns sweet and melancholy.

Post Human, by Coyl Drumb remains my favorite as for 2013 far as cyberpunk action with shades of Akira.

Love...and all That is a very short and sharp peek into love as imperfectly realized software with horrible repercussions.

love... and all that from Rob McLellan on Vimeo.

Stehphan Zlotescu's True Skin is a little bit like early William Gibson taking a look at a neon-drenched world overrun with people and cybernetic organisms. Skin feels a bit like "New Rose Hotel".

Why do I Study Physics. While not science fiction or fantasy, Xiangjun Shi's striking explanation of her love of physics nails the real world wonder that the dualities, mystery, and scale of the universe evoke in us. A sense of awe which we can only hope to approximate or point readers toward in fiction. This is my favorite short of the year. Courtesy of IO9.

Why Do I Study Physics? (2013) from Xiangjun Shi on Vimeo.

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