Monthly Archives: June 2013

Six Dollar Fifty Man

The Six Dollar Fifty Man from NZ Shorts on Vimeo. Currated by Andrew S. Allen for Short of the Week. Time again, I’ve found myself impressed with Australia and New Zealand filmmakers. In addition to the production value, performance and cinematography, the story lines are endearing and provoke the viewer to connect with the characters. In Six Dollar Fifty Man, you experience the world as Andy see’s it, we connect and react openly without judgment or expectation. It is a raw form of character development that I’ve seen in other Australian and New Zealand films, Ben Briand’s ApricotJustin Kurzel’s Snow Town Murders, and Spencer Susser’s I Love Sarah Jane.

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Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?

I found Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? on Short of the Week, the film was categorized under found footage and so I assumed that Jason Willis the filmmaker, had complied found footage to make the short. He commented on my pervious post, in which I had claimed the work was entirely found footage, and it turns out he actually shot all of the cat clips himself. I’ve watched a lot of old educational films, my personal favorite, “Parent’s How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex.” Most are ridiculous which is why Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? is so believable, it feels like an educational film. The filters don’t just mask the different types of media (Jason shot on both the 5D as well as his iPhone) but also give the video that dated educational film style which worked perrrrfectly with the narration. An official Sundance selection, this is one goes out to all the cat lovers!