On the weekend of Oct. 4, over 20 teams — among them UAA’s Film Club and a group of UAA alumni — gathered to write and produce a five-minute short film in a paltry two days. A week later, on the night of the 11th, teams, critics and intrigued audiences gathered at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub to see the fruits of their labors.
To ensure that the films are actually produced within 48 hours, teams have three objects, phrases, or ideas that their films must involve. This year, those elements were a watch, a flashback and the line “I was born ready.”
By the time this hits stands, most — if not all — of these films will be available on YouTube, Vimeo or other services. Instead of reviewing every single one of the 20 films presented, I’ll simply present my thoughts on some highlights.
Produced by a group of UAA alumni, this short film follows a woman as she tries to escape the cold specter of death. The film felt professional, and it was fittingly tense and philosophical. The themes were addressed quite well.
This was the UAA Film Club’s film, and, well … let’s just say it could use some work. Before the competition, members of the club told me what the film was about, and even with that knowledge, the film was still hard to follow. It’s hard not to give them an A for effort, though.
The winner of the competition, this was a simple kung-fu style heist flick. The choreography was incredibly well done, almost on the level of professional kung-fu movies. The ending, which used the watch theme in a creative way, left enough open for expansion should the filmmakers wish to create a more nuanced project.
“HITGIRLS, ISSUE #69”
The special effects made this film. It’s a “Charlie’s Angels” type of film, as a duo of hitgirls go and carry out tasks for a mysterious figure. It maintained a neat, “Pulp Fiction”-esque sense of humor, with great comic-book style transitions and action. It was a fun ride while it lasted.
“MY NAME IS”
This brought the phrase “taking candy from a baby” to incredibly serious levels. A group of thieves take and sabotage a basket of goodies from a little girl as she visits a grandparent, and the consequences are quite unexpected. It’s both humorous and tense at the same time, and the themes worked remarkably well.