Lost Memories

Posted by    |    September 22nd, 2012 at 9:18 am

A person named “Elvis” posted a very well done interview and review of the Director of “Lost Memories”, Francois Ferracci.    According to this interview, Lost Memories makes a powerful comment on digital versus analog living as well as the nature of memories—especially when they are all tweeted, blogged or committed to a digital archive somewhere.

 

Meeting in the Middle

Posted by    |    August 20th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Have you ever asked this question while dating in Dallas?   When do relationships “begin to end?”

“Meeting in the Middle is about the story of the break up between Ellen William and Adam Barnes and the main setting is their therapist’s office.   Like many women, Ellen starts from the beginning and can recount the slightest detail, while Adam’s recollection is predictably less detailed and he starts from the very end of the relationship.

Slowly, their stories eventually “meet in the middle” revealing why they walked away from their relationship.  Watch “Meeting in the Middle” with your significant other and we hope you will have a few laughs over the silly things that seem to get in the way of relationships.

Directed by: Jason Eberly
Produced by: Tory Nelson
Written by: Nathan Hartman

Starring: Deanna Repic, Chris Betz, Kristen Kohaut, Andrea Aspacher, Abi Allwein, and Jeff Berggren.

Symmetry

Posted by    |    July 10th, 2012 at 9:11 am

We are fans of creating video using split screens to make our point.  Brain Pickings is a really nice website describing the award winning video Symmetry.  This short does a nice job presenting different images side by side such as (Coke/Pepsi), siblings, gender, and life (birth/death).  We lifted a section of their review below.

Nearly a year ago, WNYC’s Radiolab (which we love) and New York filmmaking trio Everynone (of Everyone Forever Now fame) brought us On Words — a spellbinding short film that examined the importance of words by imagining a world without them. Today, the team is back with another gem of a collaboration.

The website, film English, a site which promotes the use of film in the language classroom. There are lesson plans, a film language glossary and film links  to help both teachers and students.  Take a look here because Kieran Donaghy,  an English teacher at UAB Idiomes Barcelona, presents the film in a lesson about the concept of symmetry. “Symmetry by Everynone, is a fascinating split-screen short film which explores the poetic parallels and contrasts of our world — birth and death, heart and brain, darkness and light, masculinity and femininity.”

 

Bat Eyes

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  works as the department chair for Digital Filmmaking at the Art Institute of New York City. Her belief is that shorts are the foundation for long form storytelling.  Genevieve wrote the review for Short of the Week that is presented below, and we thought this excellent review and the short film would be worth presenting.  The film was adapted from a theatrical monologue presented here.  View this film first and then read Genevieve’s review, and then view Bat Eyes.  

“Short films often follow the structure of a poem or joke. Both forms of writing are entertaining in their own right and are easily adaptable for the smaller confines of shorts. Director Damion Power has transformed an original monologue, written by Jessica Bellamy, into an innocent story about a man who discovers the beauty of the W.B Yeats’ poem, When You Are Old. Bat Eyes is a visual metaphor to accompany the structure and elegance of the protagonist’s cherished poem.

The film begins with Adam, a 24 year old man, receiving his first eye exam. During the exam, Adam has a series of flashbacks about a girl named Jenny reading When You Are Old in high school. Adam taunts Jenny because she is practically blind. Jenny stands in front of her english class, exposing her love for this poem. Adam’s ignorance uses the opportunity to taunt Jenny’s feelings. After school, Jenny guides Adam back to her home. Adam and Jenny then share a moment of innocent affection for each other. Several years later, 24 year old Adam is able to reflect and appreciate Jenny’s adoration.

Eyesight is used throughout the narrative. The eye exam provokes Adam to reflect on his past. Thick glasses lead Adam to make comments. Jenny’s lack of vision allows her to appreciate pleasures that are not seen. Yeats poem illustrates a man who looking back on his life. Blindness is the metaphor for the main character’s maturity from youth to adulthood.

Bat Eyes could be understood as an illustration of Yeats poem. The literal embodiment for the memory of youth. It could also be read as a poetic moment of reflection on innocent love in adolescence. The poem is just a support. The film can also be appreciated as an interesting backstory for a man going blind. The audience is looking into a moment in his timeline where he begins to accept his condition and see the beauty in it. Success here lies in the film’s ability to create a sense of emotion using universal concepts of time and love. Poetry integrates with character. Characters form a story that melts cynicism in the hardest of hearts.

The process in which Bat Eyes was produced is worth noting. Bellamy created a monologue, Little Love, for Fresh Ink’s Voices Project. Fresh Ink is the development program for emerging playwrights from the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). ATYP has an annual monologue writing program, The Voices Project, presenting new work from young writers on stage and online. The monologue was re-written to be produced as this short; a surprisingly lovely, and yes, poetic look at nostalgia, innocence and regret. A moving ode to youth, from the youths of the ATYP.”

MOMENTOS by Nuno Rocha

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Sometimes relationships fall apart, but isn’t it wonderfully beautiful when they can fall back together? Nuno Rocha illustrates this rare event in this emotional and inspirational short film, Momentos, based on the concept “life’s good.”

I found myself moved to tears by the end of the seven minute film. Momentos makes it abundantly apparent how priceless the relationships that we form with our loved ones truly are. I’m reminded to savor special moments so they may become precious memories.

Watch to discover why life is good, especially when you have people to share it with.

 

Hipster Critic Reviews YouPlusDallas Short Film, ‘Just In Time For Love’

Posted by    |    February 20th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Here at YouPlusDallas, we love covering the goings on in our city from a cinematic point of view, but sometimes, we just like to tell a story of our own. This Valentine’s Day, we debuted a YouPlusDallas original short film entitled Just In Time For Love, directed by Jun Kang, which has garnered a pretty nice response from the artistic community.

Hipster Critic recently reviewed the YPD original, and dotes on the city as one of the short film’s main characters.

Says the review:

 I think director Jun Kang is a talented artist. The city and the actors looked timeless. Every shot felt deliberate and artistic. When it comes to the story, while I found it fun to watch, it wasn’t particularly memorable. The actors were good enough, but at times their performance felt over done. The main actor, Justin Locklear looks unique and classic all at the same time, but during his performance I couldn’t forget that he was acting and this kept me from getting swept up in the story. Actress Cara Johnston also looked wonderful on screen as the nerdy but pretty-girl-from-down-the-street. Yet, she too, gave me a slightly awkward feeling that sub-par acting can evoke.

Do you agree? View the video above, and tell us what you think.

Click here for the full review

Touch: Adult Theme

Posted by    |    February 6th, 2012 at 11:55 am

This is not a particularly visual film, but rather uses dialogue and implied visuals to tell a story.

Judging by her style of dress, casual mannerisms and intimate tone of voice, they could be any couple in Dallas having a dinner date on rainy night.  We are drawn into the conversation about what is passionately sexy.  Surprisingly, she was a prostitute and they didn’t know each other.  What might have been the beginning of  a relationship that is turning intimate turns out to be a Q&A about what they “like”.  How many clients actually care enough to ask her those same questions?  The money was the end game, but the director makes sure that we are first taken to a different place in this short film.

 

 

 

Finite

Posted by    |    January 29th, 2012 at 11:52 am

 

When a relationship is forced to change, how does one come to terms with the past and reconcile? Ultimately, relationships like life simply exist, persist, and endure for a limited period of time.  This is a beautiful little film that touches on concepts of mortality. It is very well made, and quite moving, although somewhat sad.

Proposals

Posted by    |    January 17th, 2012 at 11:00 am

 

Do you believe this situation has ever happened in Dallas?   A chance encounter in a men’s bathroom leads Ben and Stacy to believe they might not be with the right people.

Directed by: Alexander Jeffery
Produced by: Brian Watt

Starring:
Christian Stokes – Ben
Katherine Streeter – Stacy
Alexander Jeffery – Dale
Kelynne Jungck – Emily

Original music by: Aric Chase Damm

Sound Re-recording Mixer: Ryan J. Frias

 

Rent a Person

Posted by    |    January 4th, 2012 at 8:01 am

Men of Dallas, do you have a dead end job or little to live for?  Do you seek support, positive motivation, or that spark to motivate you to do great things for mankind?  Ok, we overdid it here, but “Rent-A-Person” is a romantic musical comedy about a men’s room attendant who revolutionizes rush hour traffic.

This excellent short film tells the story of a bathroom attendant who earns little money catering to men’s restroom needs.  After establishing his plight, this lost soul is approached by a man who asks him to get in his car so that he can take the carpool lane and be on time for his busy life.  The bathroom attendant attends to his needs, but in doing so, his life is altered as he seizes the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.  He begins a business in which people can rent a person to save time by being able to drive in the carpool lane.

Over time, his employees demand more wages and his desire to lead diminishes.  His social life never improved with financial success, and he ultimately return to being a bathroom attendant.  It is at that moment when he meets the attendant in the ladies bathroom.

Starring James Haven. Writer/Director/Composer — Kurt Kuenne. Winner of Audience Awards at 2004 Cinequest, MethodFest, Marco Island Film Festival and Dam Short Film Festival. Winner – Best Narrative Short, Atlanta Film Festival. Winner – Visual Excellence Award, Cleveland Film Festival. Winner – Best Score, 1 Reel Film Festival. Winner – Gold Special Jury Award, Houston Worldfest. Winner – Best of Fest Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film.