The Dirk Diggler Story

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? As you can tell by our spotlight on his filmmaking tips, we’re a bit PTA-obsessed this week (which makes sense considering the presence of The Master in theaters). Philip Seymour Hoffman can talk us into just about anything. Regardless of those embarrassing pictures Hoffman took of us, it’s fantastic and fascinating that we live in a time where we can get a first-hand look at the beginning of a filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson. This is the first time “A Paul Anderson Film” ever appeared, and it’s what eventually led to Boogie Nights (followed by a huge amount of acclaim). From humble beginnings…comes…The Dirk Diggler Story. What will it cost you? Only 30 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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All right, all you great big, bright, shining stars out there. It’s time to hear what Paul Thomas Anderson has to say. With recent movies like There Will Be Blood and his latest, The Master, the director is smack in the middle of a stretch in his career in which he’s defining a new genre called Discomfort. Boogie Nights looks downright cheerful by comparison, so it’s nice to go back and listen to the writer/director discuss his great, early achievement. And here we have it, all 37 things we learned listening to PT Anderson talk about Boogie Nights. You got the touch…!

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Like the dinosaur blood found inside ancient, tree sap-encased mosquitoes, short films can often be cultivated and grown into something bigger and more rewarding: a feature film (sorry if you were hoping for a T-Rex). Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, there are more and more quality short films popping up everyday (and we’ve been trying our darndest to pay them their due around here), many of them hoping to hit it big and make a name for the filmmakers. It’s not an impossible dream — in fact, while you have heard of most of these writers and directors, they weren’t all that famous back when they made their shorts. Here are twelve films that started small before hitting the cineplexes:

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published: 11.21.2014
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