Do you like short films? Of course you do, they’re the best way to burn ten minutes of your day here and there and require such minimal commitment. If I have a bit of down time (or if I don’t want to do something important), I’ll have a flick through Vimeo and Youtube for some cracking shorts. Next minute I know, it’s 4am and I have to get up for work in a couple hours…
First on the list is not a short by traditional standards [for this segment]. It’s a fan-made lightsaber duel (see: Star Wars (Star WHAT?!)) so, naturally, the piece is focused more on the visual elements as opposed to narrative. Despite this, it remains an impressive foray into fan-made productions. Oftentimes, this sort of video is let down by amateur effects and/or fight choreography, but this is an exception. Every detail has clearly been carefully planned out, making it a pleasure to watch and a genuine must for any avid Star Wars fan. The cherry on the cake comes at the very end, which I won’t spoil for you, but I will say that it demonstrates a particularly satisfying level of self-awareness. I bet you’re intrigued now.
Next up is another fan-made film (damn it, Joe), this time set in the DC Universe (Goddamnit, Joe) – specifically that of Batman (GODDAMNIT, JOE). Again, as with the previous, this is tricky territory. On the one hand, this is a world with such a rich tapestry of characters and histories that the storyteller has a lot of existing material to help them construct a strong narrative around. On the other hand, there’s a very high standard already set. Throw in a seemingly impossible to satisfy audience and you’re kind of asking for trouble / homophobic slurs / racial slurs / comments about your mother / death threats / links to watch someone on webcam. The most common mistake that provokes the aforementioned typhoon of abuse is attempting to recycle the work of Nolan, to put it bluntly. That’s why this film succeeds. There’s no Bane, no Joker, not even the caped crusader himself! Instead, the story focuses on The Riddler and The Huntress (and, to a significantly lesser extent, Vic Sage) in a simple but exciting setup: The Riddler is holding The Huntress captive to try and extract information from her. Cleverly written, the quality of the piece is attributed almost exclusively to the dialogue and acting. The film does away with any major action sequences (another shortcoming of most fan-made productions), in favour of a dynamic back and forth between the two characters. Again, this is a must for fans of DC, Batman, and fan-made shit. 10/10, would watch again.
That’s about it for this week. If I’m honest, I’ve watched A LOT of fan-made Batman films this week – THAT’S IT. GET OUT, JOE. GET OUT, NOW.
Got a short? Send it to us and we might have a look at it. Also, if you’ve got any thoughts on what we’ve just said then please keep them to yourself.