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Skin - Jordana Spiro
Synopsis: A boy falls for a girl, but to woo her, he must do something unexpected.
We all have those crushes. We all have butterflies in our stomach when we see someone beautiful. Feels like Cupid just shot us with an arrow. After that moment we seem to have to prove ourselves. So we buy flowers, we go on dates, and we show that person that we are worth keeping. In this short, the main character decides to prove his worth by doing something very disturbing. This film lacks color. There's very drab cinematography that either brings about boredom or weariness. Characters are developed just enough to be interesting. The film falls apart under its own concept.
Eager - Allison Schulnik
Synopsis: An experiment of claymation.
The short is one long, 8 minute experiment on the qualities, colors, and motions of clay animation. There's an argument to be made that the figures at the opening of the short are praying and sacrificing one another. As the short progresses, imagery of plants, trees, and flowers are displayed with vigorous, violent colors. It is soon expressed that this short is focusing on environmentalism and the figures portrayed at the beginning of the film are praying to Mother Nature. However, that's digging very deeply into this muddled story.
Dinner and a Movie - Ben Aston
Synopsis: An antisocial man falls for a convict and writes to her everyday. When she finally leaves prison, he's there waiting for her. The night takes an unexpected turn.
The title might be a bit off, because so much more happens. Dinner and a movie amounts to two seconds of screen time while the rest of the short follows the main character's love for this woman he's only known through letters and pictures. Unfortunately, the twist is seen from a mile away, but the events leading up to the twist are more than interesting to keep watching. The dialogue works its magic and the actors bring out their character with subtle movements and grand gestures.
Indyanimation - Jeff Gurwood
Synopsis: The opening segment of Raiders of the Lost Ark in stop motion animation.
While it is interesting to have a stop motion animated Indiana Jones short, nothing is breathtaking or intriguing. The short feels like some guy put this together in his basement out of boredom and decided to post it up on Youtube and a bunch of short film websites. The stop motion is good, but Indiana Jones is perfect the way he is.