Filminute is the International One-Minute Film Festival and for its 2014 edition (like for the three previous), I’ve got a deal with them: writing twentyfive “short but tweet” sized reviews, one for each candidate.
My rules to find my candidate are:
- Don’t mess with the seven pillars: story, acting, directing, editing, cinematography, sound and music.
- Be humble: don’t try to do things your budget can’t afford.
- Be original: don’t use third-party works; plot/sound/music/dialogues/whatever must be yours.
- Be impressive: writing, directing and editing are the core of Filminute.
- (optional) Show me a bit of love: violence is not surprising anymore.
During the past editions, I always predicted the real winner or a mention: my winner is A minute of silence by Guillaume Renusson and I’m going to publish an article (on a web magazine) with a paragraph describing this blasting short film.
These are the reviews:
- 1-0 Ok I have to repeat myself: Iran nowadays looks like Italy 60 years ago… the center of film making. Brillant! :)
- A MINUTE OF SILENCE Oh dear! Wow! What do we have here? A blasting short that needs more than a tweet for sure! #Filminute
- AGAINST I’m not sure it’s the weirdest one minute I’ve watched so far but it could surely run for that prize: very brave. :)
- DRONE Being able to disconnect yourself from the app that controls you is a remarkable result even if you are not a drone.
- DUAL The mirror, the double, the edge and their variations are with us from the dawn of humanity. This is a good tile/trailer.
- FORCE I didn’t get why the guy with a helmet hits at 24″, among other things. I got the idea but there are unclear things, IMHO.
- HUMAN POSTCARDS: JEROME. Is it part of a doc?I loved the idea and the mirrored frame. Nicely shot is a trivial pun, I know. :)
- IL / ELLE: Although Dominique is showed many times, we can really see him just briefly at the end, out of focus in a mirror.
- LA ULTIMA VEZ The theme is not unique (expecially this year) but I like the use of focus, the ellipsis and the static long take.
- L’ACTE is cinematic: slow extreme close ups end in a fast wide shot and we discover what is going on. Good sound design, BTW.
- MEANWHILE ON THE TRAIN. Where is the trick? I’m waiting for it. That’s what I was wondering while it showed up for real. :)
- MORE TIME. Having directed a short full of VFX, I know what it means! I like also the character and the very exact script.
- MY MUM THE WRESTLER Just telling is not suggested but telling while showing, with the right director, could be pretty fun! :)
- NANNY Do you want to watch an interesting contemporary scripting mashup on the Little Red Riding Hood theme? Watch this one.
- ONE BITE FOR DADDY reminds me “Trois hommes et un couffin”, a well known 1985 French film about adult males and babies. :)
- RELEASE I was waiting for a joke but setup and lines seem just made to show the ring. Sorry: it’s an unconvincing dramedy, IMHO.
- REMATCH. In this edition, this is the second short I watch with a twist revealing a woman freed thanks to a violent act.
- SHOESTORY is a fine mix of love and jump cuts that let you add your own subtext. Light as the light in Norway.
- STATUS CHANGE This year there are many shorts of this kind but just a few (if any) women directors. Think about that.
- SUPPOSE: sometimes falling objects are essential in a looping, circular structured short, as in many classic Filminute ideas. :)
- THE BRIDE is a documentary, unfortunately… and that makes me a little bit disgusted, to be honest.
- THE CRACK I like to thing that there was an essential mother/daughter dialogue before the short. :) Lovely outdoor grading BTW.
- THE LUNCH I heard a couple of sinister stories about Chilean dishes but, you know… :) Seriously, that shift is not easy.
- THE WHALE is much deeper than it seems. My gratitude goes to its director. Sometimes I have to remember that kind of things.
- WOJTEK. What a work! I mean both the short and the closing shot. I have to reconsider the scale of my doing as a father! :)