Filminute is the International One-Minute Film Festival and for its 2012 edition (like for its 2011 edition), 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.
These are the reviews:
- A HERO’S TALE A stop motion short with great editing, rich photography and camera movements. Great voice: it grabs the audience!
- A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE In a sand-made world, a woman takes a rest on the sea, using her air mattress. No more kids around. :)
- BARGIRL A doc about sadness on both sides: a bargirl and customers. Her child needs to be fed and the greedy city is there.
- BROTHERS The most narrative so far. I also liked its grain, color, editing, sound, VFX and the dragonfly. Go Eastern Europe!
- CANDY CRIME A strong DOP and a good script: crane, compositing, lenses, trunk shot, whatever and even a smile. :)
- CHOP CHOP A watch during the 18th Century? :) The hero was late while his watch was too early: a short with time issues. :)
- CIUDAD HELSING Filmakers: we all love Cello Suites but its plenty of good composers just waiting for a call!
- COLLOQUE SENTIMENTAL The whole thing seems to me just a MacGuffin made of jump cuts while the idea is a one minute loop. Nice.
- CUT! Very “European” short… it’s hard do be void and stay empty while you have a gem still burning down inside your heart.
- FLIP BOOK Good idea! Unfortunately, lights, make-up, costumes and sound are worse than the script.
- FOLKLORE We all love to use a slider :) and to have some good footage but the last shot turns the whole thing into a cliché trailer.
- HOL VS RUS When I wrote that there are many good directors from Belgium, I wasn’t aware that Piet Sonck was admitted once again!
- INDIAN MYSTERY The first clearly non-narrative short I met this year and it’s a kind of 60″ short which is worth trying to shoot.
- LADY I – Ageing, there’s something you can miss more than your lost youth. Acting, finally! :) Is the singer really useful?
- LIGHT It has a good lighting :) Intentional jump cut? ’cause the bathroom is opposite to the dark room. Still, I didn’t get it.
- MACROMOUSE Is the pun between mouse/economy & freedom/freelunch? The real story is less than 60″ and they needed a quote.
- M|W 9|11 Turning from an average clerk to a survivor in less than 60″ because you’re an upcoming dad. It works even w/o 9/11.
- OEHOE Mice are popular, this year. :) I thought the mouse used only road signs to say “I’m poisoned” but it was just “beware”!
- SARINA Summarizing a life in 60″: it could be even an interesting subsection of Filminute. :) Loved it.
- SCHNITZELS Already watched somewhere. A lovely wife hammering your own flesh from early in the morning. Would you ask for more?
- STILL HERE Maybe it’s me but the only meaning I get is “still here” as “our relationship doesn’t evolve” but I’m not sure.
- TAKE A REST Taking pictures all the time is easier than living here and now. So true: well done and quite funny.
- THE END A dialogue on the grass quickly turns to… the end. :) Good idea. Raw footage, counting out VFXs.
- THE KEY A very good short. Why did you stand up while your teacher told you to lie down? :) Ain’t it a thriller, right? :)
- WILDEBEEST A gnu is teaching all of us one of the well known “rules” of cinema: show, don’t tell. :)
It’s plenty of Top5s out there so this is my Top4 :)
- CANDY CRIME
- THE KEY
It has been very hard to choose my winner and I’d be very happy to be able to complete a one minute short of their level. My winner is BROTHERS and I want to mention CUT! too. Congratulations to Anton Mironovich. :)
A few notes: last month I had a talk with a few directors, after having watched together my shorts (yes, even the not-already-completed) one of them, which is not Italian, said that – even though there is a great enhancement in my path, my shorts are too “European”. In his opinion, stories should be direct, simple, without flashbacks or unusual editing of any kind, with just one clear meaning, no hidden levels, light usage of colors in a narrative way and so forth: a very conservative approach to the whole universe of possibilities that cinematography offers. Well, I was admitted to a few international festivals while he won many of them so maybe I should blindly agree with him, trying to change my “European” nature but, frankly, I can’t. Of course I’m already in a “more narrative” path but directing is much more than doing a favour to the screenwriter! :) There are so many emotions you can arouse in your audience which can’t be found in a script and you know why? Because they are strictly related to cinematography! I don’t want to write too much about a winner of one minute but you should have already grasped my point of view. :)