Fan Films

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Fan films are usually well-intentioned but terrible. It’s that rare fan film that stands out so far above its peers that it comes close to deserving mention amongst the studio-made efforts (which we can often think of as big budget fan films depending on the director). Puppet Master is one of those rare, outstanding examples. If it didn’t fall outside the feature story lines (and if the action were far better), this flick could have easily been shown in theateres between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The quality is impeccable. Here, an FBI agent named Edward Nigma is set to make a deal with a new crime boss in order to smoke Batman out of hiding and solve the riddle of why Harvey Dent’s good name is being protected at all costs. With strong acting performances and a Dark Knight who does a spot-on Bale-as-Batman, it’s a dark story told with teeth. Plus, the reveal of the new crime boss is a great twist aimed right at fans of the comic book. Director Bryan Nest and his team deserve a good, hard look from major studios. What will it cost you? Only 17 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? Funny how something like this can be far more entertaining than anything from Battleship. Thanks to the fine folks at Short of the Week for this gem, and congratulations to writer/director/actor James Farr for knocking this one joyfully out of the park. What will it cost you? Only 6 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? It’s a shrewd move that director Alex Albrecht from “The Totally Rad Show” (a person that I, in the interest of full disclosure, am friendly acquaintances with) chose to create an atmospheric character study instead of an all-out action blitz for VOLTRON: The End which, yes, features a pilot stuck inside a Battle Lion. That man also happens to be played by Psych‘s Timothy Omundson (Lassie!). What could have been an overt outpouring of fan knowledge and callbacks to the show is, instead, a smart emotional journey with an outrageous beard and a hell of a last second reveal that’s only injured by the movie’s title. Seriously. It’s great for getting the word out, but how cool would it have been to watch a solid sci-fi piece only to have that giant familiar face hit you near the end? That aside, it’s a sharply written, nicely crafted fan film that deserves a bit of notice. What will it cost? Only 4 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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If you want any more proof as to what a dollar can do in the filming industry these days, look no further. With the belching bloat of some studio productions that spend $2 million on bagels (the good kind), it seems almost paradoxical, but on the other side of the fence is the lowering cost of making a short film of your very own. So that’s what you do – especially if you’re Aaron Schoenke, and you want to make a calling card with one of the most famous bat-obsessed super heroes.

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published: 12.19.2014
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