The Duel At Blood Creek was a winner in the 4th FILMSshort Competition. Blood Creek is the name of a popular site where men settle matters of honour with an old-fashioned duel. Unfortunately, it is proving rather too popular today as several would-be duellers arrive at the same time. The bickering and posturing builds up until the fighting begins. But who will survive in such a bloodthirsty age as this?
The next competition opens 25th May. Acim's 8 was the winner of the fourth FILMSshort competition and is a masterful example of how to create a film with no dialogue. Two soldiers from opposing armies (naughts and crosses) find themselves alone in a snowy forest. A game of cat and mouse ensues as the pendulum swings between them - but there are ultimately few winners in the game of war!
With the next competition fast approaching, it's a good time to look back at some previous films. Social Security by Peter Smith was a finalist in the very first FILMSshort competition in 2011 and also won the award for best animation at the reed.co.uk short film competition that year. It is a simple idea well executed, with a low-key, dry and rather British sense of humour. It is narrated by the newcomer to an office job while a series of images depict his words with amusing and ever-increasing complexity.
Written and directed by James McLellan, Period Piece sees a film director struggling to get her horribly schmaltzy climactic scene finished in a world overrun by zombies. Imagine The Walking Dead where they are trying to continue the film industry in an effort to bring some light relief to the survivors. Set on a ranch in the American midwest, Period Piece opens with what appears to be a terrible cliche. However, all is not what it seems...