Meat Bingo

Meat Bingo Short Film Lot 13

Why Watch? The Meat Bingo team has done it again, creating a short film that is unsettling and not wholly explained. In Lot 13, directed by John Panton, a sparsely populated auction house achieves an uneasy silence for the items up for bid until a sealed box ignites a passive aggressive battle of bigger and bigger numbers. For one, the use of space is first-rate, creating something familiar (at least through movies and TV) and perverting into a place that feels uninviting and off-puttingly religious. Instead of dank dark, it’s overly bright. Every detail is exposed, and not all of them are pleasant. That awkward environment is established immediately, and is then pushed in a way that might make your skin win a crawling race. If crawling races are a thing. Do I wish they had a bigger FX budget? Yes. It is solid nonetheless? Absolutely. This brief stint into stark-raving insanity is an excellent example of the kind of fun that should come with blood pressure pills.

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Higson

Why Watch? The multi-talented Charlie Higson plays himself for this slight (yet endearing) short film about where his book ideas really come from. While at a fan convention, Higson is verbally accosted by two creepy children (either the target audience for his zombie books or entities ready to chant “Come play with us…”). He keeps a stiff upper lip when all he wants to do is sign books, but it’s their last accusation that really stings. It’s another fun, self-effacing bite from the team at Meat Bingo. What Will It Cost? About 3 minutes. Keep Watching Short Films

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Why Watch? Because there are few things as powerful or unnatural. Things to look for in this stark short include an attention to camera angles, and the concept of objects (and their destruction) as a window into human tragedy. The less said the better, as the film does every ounce of the difficult work here, but this is a poetic example of where minimalism done right can tell a rich story without using words or character development. What does it cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Check out (Dis) Assembly for yourself:

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