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BEST AMERICAN SHORT FILMS 1

It's the home of Hollywood but before you make your blockbuster you have
to prove yourself and this is where the great American short film comes in.


Prey Alone by Mather & St Leger (2004) (USA) (15m)

Prey Alone by James Mather and Stephen St Leger has the feel of a blockbuster. It's quite incredible they should put so much time and effort, and presumably money, into a short film. It's also encouraging that they recognised their idea did not have the "legs" for a feature film and that - with its one act and nice twist - it was more suited to the short form. There is little I can add - is it a "boys" movie?


Sintel by Colin Levy (2010) (US/Holland) (15m)

Sintel is a fantasy animation film by American visual effects artist Colin Levy, created on the open source 3D animation software, Blender. It closely resembles a well-liked style of Japanese (Anime) computer animation. It is the story of a young girl on an all-consuming quest to save the pet dragon stolen from her - and exact her revenge. What Sintel lacks in subtlety is made up for by its beauty, ambition and cool ending. Levy is an artist who understands film language.


Spin by Jamin Winans (2005) (US) (8m) *

Written and directed by Jamin Winans, Spin is one of those drama short films that prove you can be a little bit differnt. Winans employs his love of music (he is also the film's composer) in this simple tale of an angel-like DJ who is sent down to put right an everyday situation that is going wrong and ending in trajedy. With no dialogue and plenty of sly humor, Spin is one of those near-perfect short films.


The Last 3 Minutes by Po Chan (2010) (US) (5m) *

Written and directed by American cinematographer Po Chan, The Last 3 Minutes is an unashamedly tear-jerking flashback through a dying man's life. Every shot is lovingly crafted and there are some beautiful American landscapes - as one might expect from an American DoP! Shot in 2010, Chan also shows the possibilities of the new class of video-capable DSLR cameras (in this case a Canon 5D). It may not be to everyone's tastes but her film is truly filmic...

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