Posts Tagged ‘short films’

Apricot-A Short Film about First Loves

Posted by    |    December 22nd, 2012 at 12:22 pm

If you haven’t watched the short film Apricot by filmmaker Ben Briand, you should take a mental break from the mundane and step into this dreamlike ten minute masterpiece.  Created by Moonwalk Films (the same powerhouse that created Signs,) this film is in itself an invitation to take a “mental break” from the present and explore the importance of our memories.  How sharp and clear is the memory of your first love?  The main male character in the film repeatedly says, “I can’t remember”.  In many ways, I identify with this man.

The visual aspect and propensity for details are not my memory’s strong suit.  I can recall the name and vague appearance of my first love, and when I pass someone wearing the cologne he wore, I remember the way I felt the first time we kissed.  What conversations did we have? What likes and dislikes? What ended it all?  I can’t really remember.  It’s all one fuzzy, dreamy blur from youth that makes me smile at the ridiculousness of it and feel a twinge of saddness that it came to an end. (more…)

Moving Takahashi

Posted by    |    June 14th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Vimeo, Short of the Week and sites likes these give us a window into a treasure trove of great stories for our Dallas audience to enjoy.  According the website, Short of the Week, Jason Sondhi is a knowledgeable film academic and occasional filmmaker. Moving Takahashi, is a about young man, who, while moving furniture out of a posh LA home, encounters the family’s daughter overdosing on pills.  You can get the rest of the Sondhi’s review here.

The Division of Gravity

Posted by    |    June 11th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Writing for Shorts of the Week, critic Craig Downing does a masterful job reviewing a work by Rob Chiu about the life cycle of a romantic relationship.  We thought our Dallas audience would enjoy this short film and Craig Downing’s review which is so good we present it below in its entirety from their website.

Downing wrote, “Like a beautiful warning, The Division Of Gravity depicts the tumultuous union, and dissolution, of a romantic relationship. Exploring the young marriage of a workaholic photographer and his new bride, director Rob Chiu uses gorgeous cinematography and breathless editing, combined with a keen sensitivity towards the fragility of love, to deliver timeless advice with the very medium that often consumes artists’ lives and leaves those they love in the dark.

Via rich visual, auditory, and narrative montage, the film exposes us to the far too common timeline of a romantic relationship. Stunning film techniques lure us into the irresistible rush of a developing relationship, yet we can’t seem to turn away when the true human issues develop that predictable momentum and the dynamics slowly shift from confident joy to insecure despair. The Division Of Gravity tactfully, honestly, and tenderly, navigates the beautiful and sometimes sloppy course of human relationships with a precise balance of visual aesthetics and emotional risk.  With a classic theme, The Division Of Gravity is a modern and poetic piece about the real insights that we have the opportunity to learn from one another even as a relationship falls apart.

Why does the drama in this piece work? The Division of Gravity is a film which invites the viewer to connect with the film naturally.  When writers simply just shotgun drama into a short, it doesn’t work. Chiu doesn’t rush the emotional pace of this film; he allows the drama some breathing room.  As Rob creates dramatic space, he gives us time to process and empathize with the characters and their emotions.  He also doesn’t let any one of the forms dominate the film.  While the narrative, the music, and the cinematography hit their marks, each is discreet while inviting us to connect with the story on our own terms rather than demanding that we do.

Chiu is represented in the UK through Stink, and has produced quite a bit of commercial work over the last couple of years. However it is the striking look, and emotional intensity of his narrative work—Division of Gravity, and before it, Fear/Love—which has sealed his reputation on the internet.  A visual stylist, Chiu began his professional career in design and motion graphics, a sensibility which expressed itself well in his 2005 animation, Black Day to Freedomand in his lauded 2007 title sequence for the prestigious OFFF festival. Collaborating again with DP Paul O’Callaghan, Division of Gravity is an undeniably beautiful film, but it is the emotional arc, and growing maturity of Chiu’s storytelling which elevate the work, and make Chiu a filmmaker worth paying attention to going forward.”  Well done.

Your Secret by Jsmonzani

Posted by    |    May 19th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

“Your secret” is a movie about you.

The director of this short film, Jean-Sébastien Monzani -( – all rights reserved) says that this “short movie evokes a complicity between the spectator and the narrator. Something cheerful, something mysterious, something simple, something that hopefully maybe brightens your day.

Monzani said that this work is different that his other works, and asked for feedback.  With that in mind, we copied some of the reactions from viewers that were posted on YouTube.  Some of the comments from YouTube follow:

“I appreciate the attempt this video makes, and stylistically it’s interesting, but it falls apart in the end

The tone of the narrator begins sincere but quickly turns snarky, overly familiar, and finally pompous. Encouraging people to find small, personal beauties is a nice, if unoriginal sentiment. To suddenly and forcefully include yourself in that private beauty comes off as arrogant and invasive, and dilutes the power of the exercise, making it about the narrator more than the viewer.”

Thank you very much for the feedback, I quite appreciate it. My goal was to make something simple and really not about “me” (i.e. the narrator). Actually, none of what the narrator says is my personal experience, it’s of course all fictional. The end sentence is more of a joke/lie as everybody knows that the narrator can’t relate to you since it’s just a movie. But sometimes, pretending to believe in a lie is a way to think differently about reality.

jsmonzani in reply to YawehG (Show the comment) 11 months ago

” Réflexion ” by Planktoon and Yoshimichi Tamura

Posted by    |    April 21st, 2012 at 8:13 am

Have any of you in Dallas ever experienced this on date night?  You are late for a date and head home to get ready.  In this animated short film, the mirror in her bedroom had different plans for her that evening.  If you think she was a little unfairly treated by her boy friend then you should watch the short all the way through the credits.  He gets something of a mirrored comeuppance as well.   What happens when the inner conflict in you becomes a version of the Evil Queen mirror?

Réflexion” is a short film produced by the group Planktoon in association with Yoshimichi Tamura (animator in Disney on The Princess and the Frog or Tarzan). “Réflexion” is a tribute to Disney films from 60 to 70 years and built around the concept of reflection.

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‘Heartstrings’ by Rhiannon Evans

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Heartstrings from Rhiannon Evans on Vimeo.

Being in a relationship with another person can be as unpredictable as a craps table in Vegas. First you’re on fire, completely amazed at how well everything is going, and, subsequently, fantasizing about how you’ll spend your earnings, and then it disappears quicker than a stripper running off with the contents of your wallet. How does one break even?

In the short film Heartstrings by Rhiannon Evans, we see two puppets fall in love, break up, and get back together; attached, detached and reattached by visual heartstrings. Check out the video above for a creatively accurate illustration of a relationship. Also because the little string puppet guys are pretty freakin’ adorable.

Foolishly Seeking True Love: Dallas Edition

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 7:00 am


Written and directed by Jarrett Lee Conaway and produced by Graciela Muriada-del Toro, Foolishly Seeking True Love is a little more than three minutes of charm, cleverness, and beauty. This pair’s vision of a love story unfolding in a small window of time is impeccably executed, stemming from how hard it can be to date in L.A.  (It isn’t much easier here in Big D, unfortunately.) According to the writer, “That whole notion of true love and love at first sight, it just seems in the city people act like that’s a naive thing, like it can’t happen. But I kind of wanted to have something that was kind of like this magical realism, kind of a piece about love in modern cities.” (more…)