I’ve Been Single Too Long: Yearnings of an Overheated Imagination

I’ve Been Single Too Long: Yearnings of an Overheated Imagination

I’ve Been Single Too Long is a shadowy, dream-like 3-minute short film directed by Shane Davey, which was commissioned for a special showcase at the Tate Modern Museum in Britain.  Whether a declaration of yearning or an admission of an overheated imagination, the title of Davey’s single-shot film offers an insight into the scene that’s being played out before us.  Arising from his bed in the early morning, a listless young man wanders through the rooms of his house and into a hammock in his back garden. All the while, the young fellow is seemingly oblivious to the many young women, wearing only their underwear, who are seductively lounging about all around him.

I’ve Been Single Too Long: Yearnings of an Overheated Imagination

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Sniffer: One Man Takes It All Off for Freedom!

Sniffer: One Man Takes It All Off for Freedom!

Sniffer is an accaimed short experimental/art film by the Norwegian director Bobbie PeersSniffer won the Palme d’Or in the short films category at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival, and Peers was awarded the Norman McLaren Prize for film direction at the festival.  The film reveals the blackest of dark humor, absolute self-deprecation and a savage willingness to torch social convention.  It imagines what conformity, consumerism and desire would be like in a futuristic world with no gravity, minimal dialogue and a cast of sweaty overweight men.  Sniffer is a metaphoric wonderland with layers of meaning that unpeel like subcutaneous tissue.

The story unfolds in a society that is devoid of sunlight and open sky, where its members go about their routines without the slightest hope of receiving any personal gratification.  The main character of the film trudges day-after-day to a job where he works as a deodorant tester, sniffing the sweaty armpits of exercising test subjects.  One day, however, the man is confronted by an event that changes his life forever.  He quits his job, loosens his bindings and literally takes off.

Sniffer: One Man Takes It All Off for Freedom!

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French Roast: A Big Mystery’s Brewing in the Fancy Parisian Café

French Roast: A Big Mystery’s Brewing in the Fancy Parisian Café

French Roast is a subtle, gently humorous animated short film directed by the French filmmaker Fabrice O. Joubert.  The delightful film has been deservedly well received at film festivals around the world, culminating in receiving the Best of Show Prize at the annual Siggraph 2009.  French Roast is a Best Animated Short Film Nominee for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

The film is set entirely inside a small Parisian café, where a rather aloof cigar-smoking gentlemen is about to pay the check when he suddenly discovers that his wallet has disappeared.  In an attempt to stall for time, he decides to order some more coffee.  Very many cups of coffee later, with his bill quickly mounting up, he’s still rooted to the same spot in mortification, when a little old lady sitting next to him appears to have ample cash to donate to a wild looking vagrant.  Her bag is stuffed full of banknotes and looks quite inviting.  But events quickly take a turn for the worse when the police arrive.  Aside from revealing the gradual evaporation of the lead character’s unfriendly pomposity, one of the key directorial touches in the film is restricting the action very largely to one view of the café tables with a large reflecting window behind them upon which the wider action accumulates.

French Roast: A Big Mystery’s Brewing in the Fancy Parisian Café

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My Thoughts and Wishes to All for the Coming Year: Happy Holidays!

My Thoughts and Wishes to All for the Coming Year: Happy Holidays!

Remember the time you drove all night
Just to meet me in the morning
And I thought it was strange you said everything changed
You felt as if you’d just woke up
And you said “this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy”

-Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes: First Day Of My Life

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The Cat Piano: A City of Imprisoned Singing Cats

The Cat Piano: A City of Imprisoned Singing Cats

The Cat Piano is an award-winning 8-minute animated short film directed by Australian filmmakers Eddie White and Ari Gibson, featuring narration by the iconic Australian musician Nick Cave. The film is a remarkable animation, a visual marvel that’s a perfectly executed narrative, seamlessly coalescing its gothic influences into a hypnotically sinister aesthetic that is never at odds with itself.  The Cat Piano was named last week as one of 10 films to advance in the Animated Short Films category for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

The story opens in a city of musically talented singing cats, where a lonely beat poet falls for the call of a beautiful musical siren.  However, a mysteriously dark and evil human soon emerges and begins kidnapping the town’s singing cats to imprison them inside of a cat piano, intent on carrying out his depraved musical plans to perform a twisted feline symphony.  At that point, the poet realizes that he must save his muse and put an end to the nefarious tune that threatens to destroy the entire city.

The Cat Piano: A City of Imprisoned Singing Cats

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A Matter of Loaf and Death: Big Trouble at the Mill

A Matter of Loaf and Death: Big Trouble at the Mill

A Matter of Loaf and Death is an award-winning, delightful clay-animated short film directed by Nick Clark, a four-time Academy Award-winning English filmmaker of stop-motion animation.  The film, starring the much-loved duo Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit, is a Best Animated Short Films Nominee for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  A Matter of Loaf and Death played on BBC Television last year and was the highest-rated program of 2008 and the highest-rated non-sporting event in the United Kingdom since 2004.  In 2008, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation and the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.

A Matter of Loaf and Death is a suspenseful, romantic high-action murder mystery, with Wallace and and the ever-trusty Gromit starting a new bakery business, Top Bun.  Gromit learns that a number of bakers in town have been mysteriously disappearing, and tries to solve the case before Wallace ends up a victim himself.  The mystery involves a new love interest for Wallace, Ms. Piella Bakewell, who is a bread enthusiast and former pin-up girl for the “Bake-O-Lite” bread company, as well as, for the first time, a cute sweetheart for Gromit: Ms. Bakewell’s charming little French poodle, Fluffles.  The very urgent question now is: will Gromit be able to discover the identity of the Cereal Killer before poor Wallace ends up becoming the next ghastly victim?

A Matter of Loaf and Death: Big Trouble at the Mill

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Partly Cloudy: A Lonely Cloud Creates Hazardous Babies for His Stork-Partner

Partly Cloudy: A Lonely Cloud Creates Hazardous Babies for His Stork-Partner

Partly Cloudy is a delightful animated short film by Pixar Animation Studios, which was named as one of 10 films to advance in the voting process for the “Animated Short Films” category for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  The list is international, with movies representing production companies from Australia, France, America, Canada and other countries.

In Partly Cloudy, the storks get their babies from way up high in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life.  However, in this story there is a real dilemma.  Gus, a lonely and insecure gray cloud, is a master at creating “dangerous” babies: crocodiles, porcupines, rams and even much worse.  Gus’s beloved creations are truly works of art, but they’re more than a handful for his loyal delivery-stork partner, Peck.  As Gus’s creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck’s job gets harder and harder.  How on earth will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend’s fiery temperament?

Partly Cloudy: A Lonely Cloud Creates Hazardous Babies for His Stork-Partner

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