Filminute is the International One-Minute Film Festival and for its 2011 edition, I’ve got a deal with them: writing twentyfive “short but tweet” sized reviews, one for each candidate.
I’ve watched all of them: the quality clearly increased since the previous edition. It has been hard to choose a candidate to vote for… and I suppose it’d be even harder to join them next year. :)
My rules to find my candidate are:
- 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:
- Adventure Girls III. It’s a great candidate but a lot of blood is not easy to get and, due to Sailor Moon, it failed my 2nd rule.
- Aftermathematics. Perhaps it’s me but I didn’t get it and I didn’t like it either. The last take is too long too.
- At the Opera. That one made me cry. Its music has a problem with my 2nd rule but I can close an eye. Two puns, sorry. :)
- Bunny vs. The sweet iron cat. Did they really use Times New Roman? I’m too old for these 3D animations or the like. :)
- Cara o Sello. The girls are pretty but the first take is too dark and the noise of the coin doesn’t follow its twisting.
- Chit Chat: the more I watch it, the more I like it and that’s even true for its yin-yang brunette. :)
- Dans l’ombre: frankly, I didn’t understand the reason of this French “hommage” to M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder.
- Dot in the line is a funny short: there are joggers in the background at its 48th second… additional turtles there? :)
- Evil weed: that’s what violence is… inseparable from civilization as we know it; we can even imagine it in plants.
- Family portrait is the long take I like most: no dialogues, no music, just the saturated air of a daily horror. Great.
- Foolproof has the best title and credits design. The light on the man is so different and the voice is a little too fast.
- Garbage: after the well-known trunk shot, at its 38th second we have something closer to a… dumpster shot, indeed! :)
- Grassy Knoll Edge: two dudes on a riverside are brainstorming about movies… until “pet porn” comes to their mind. Deal! :)
- Hamburgz: a surreal story with a very interesting way of telling it. The music literally drives this filminute. Bravo. :)
- Honfoglalas: I liked a couple of takes of the cars and their wheels but, unfortunately, that’s it.
- Level 13. A monster lives in a UK multi-floor parking deck: is it a long-term drawback of a wrong-side driving country? :)
- Loop has tricks of all kind: many of us think it’s the beast to beat. That’s for sure a Top 5 candidate.
- Masks and mirrors is definitely a candidate that showed me some love, as I was asking for: we have a great Dad here.
- Naufrago: a seashore wave puts on the sand a bottle of wine and a castaway with a corkscrew finds it. What a lucky day! :)
- Never thought has an original location and I felt like him many times. Though its usage is against my 2nd rule, Bach rocks. :)
- No man’s land has the greatest monologue of this edition and one of the best sound editing. The noise of a fly is a classy touch.
- Oblivion has 30 takes if I’m not wrong. I still can’t find any mistakes and I should learn from its mid-part editing.
- Rêverie. Very good idea. The smile of the girl at the 37th second is worth the filminute. I liked the little Ronaldinho too. :)
- The days before that. I think they used old tapes… being sly as foxes. :) That is a good idea but it failed my 2nd rule.
- The Fallen. Hat off. Its quality is something in between real movies and TV prods. Isn’t it closer to a trailer than a filminute?
My top 5 candidates, in alphabetic order, are:
- Masks & Mirrors
It has been very hard to choose my winner: I used a single round-robin tournament within my top eight favourite films and while waiting for the official winner, I can announce that my winner is Rêverie. Congratulations to Jaro Minne. :)