I love short films.
One of the reasons I love short films, is actually many reasons all rolled into one. No matter what I feel like, there is always a short to fit my mood.
Now, you may say to yourself – surely this is true of all films? Of course, you’d be right. There are so many awesome genres of film that no matter what you feel like you can usually find something you feel like watching. The difference, however, is that a great short film can invoke the same emotions from a viewer, but in sometimes just a matter of seconds.
I have decided to bring three of my favourite shorts together, to illustrate just how different – yet equally entertaining – a good short can be.
This short film is, as the title infers, set in December. I really enjoy this film as to me it carries a “things are not always as they seem message”. It also seems to elude to different perspectives, how something can be seen from another point of you. Even if that point of you is not human.
As you will see, this film has distress, realisation, relief and definitely leaves you with a thought or two. Not bad for 95 seconds.
Now this short is the kind I am especially fond of. It could, at first, seem utterly ridiculous. In fact, upon my first watch it really did seem utterly ridiculous. Sometimes even just thinking back to it… it seems utterly ridiculous. This, however, is why I really like it. This film is so open to interpretation that it really is down to the viewer to make up their own mind as to what the filmmaker might have been trying to say. Of course, I will not ruin the effect by writing my own interpretation. To be honest, the brilliant thing about a film like this is that that interpretation might well differ with every new person who watches it. Take a look at it below (you’re welcome to call me crazy after, if you wish.)
3. Happy Sushi
Last, but definitely not least, is Happy Sushi. I think that this short film illustrates fantastically just how a short film can be made about anything. The brilliant thing about a film of this length is that it can revolve, perfectly, around one single issue. The issue need not be of interest to every viewer – as it is explored for a relatively short amount of time. This does mean that things that might normally be considered mundane, or everyday can be taken and can be explored in a whole new way. This type of exploration, mixed in with just that little bit of craziness, gives for nicely entertaining watch.
By the way, if there really is anyone out there with a particular interest in wobbly tables, my apologies – this will quite probably be way too short.
So there you have it. Three very different films, offering three very different viewing experiences. Possibly, none of these were for you. If this was the case, just keep looking. There are some really fantastic short filmmakers out there, and a never ending supply of short films and film networks to supply one that suits you. And hey, that’s the brilliant thing… you might just have time to watch two!