Monday, October 19, 2009

More Shorts Stuff

Came across the trailer and some reviews of a new twenty minute short film entitled Remote that sounded good. It's from Canadian Marc Roussell, and just picked up "best short" at THRILLSPY Film Festival in Washington, D.C..

"On a cold February night, Matt loses his cable signal during a severe snowstorm. He's left with channel after channel of static, until he comes across a station that is the mirror image of his apartment, but 30 years in the past. He soon discovers that he can communicate with Justine, the young woman residing in the apartment on the television. As the two get to know each other, Matt discovers that Justine died on that very night 30 years ago. Does he have the power to change her fate?"

I haven't screened the entire film, but I like what I've seen so far...clean, simple, effective.

Reading about 'Remote' reminded me of Canadian director Vincenzo Natali's (Cube) short film effort , Elevated. Hard to believe that was like, 12 years ago...but it definitely got Natali noticed and even some TV series directing work.

Completed in 1997, the 17 minute film brought Natali and fellow Canadian filmmaker Karen Walton (Ginger Snaps) together to create a tense thriller that took place entirely in the confines of an elevator. More specifically, the film is about two people, Ben and Ellen, who are thrust into adventure when all of a sudden, Hank, the blood covered security man of the building rushes into their elevator, claiming that there's a dangerous alien-like creature in the building.

Relive the claustrophobia of 'Elevated' HERE.

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