Aisling reviews some of the latest and most interesting short films to be shown on You Tube and points us in the right direction for what’s new on the tube.
From thought provoking dramas to side splitting comedies, a new crop of young and exciting directors are creating innovative and daring pictures that are cheap to make, easy to share, and find an audience as never before.
The past decade has seen an explosion of video online. The rise of YouTube and more high-brow sharing sites such as Vimeo means that, now, the humble short has a mainstream, global audience. A film that strikes a chord can be watched by hundreds of thousands, even millions of people, who will offer feedback and support and perhaps recommend it to their friends.
Here are some of my personal favourites and the aspiring youtubers that created them.
- The Imp Of The Perverse by Benjamin Cook (2015)
This formalist style short film proved to be a great debut from Benjamin Cook about an eighteen year old boy who has captured the “Imp of the Perverse” in his wardrobe, the imp of the perverse being a metaphor for a little voice inside out head telling you to do wrong from an Edgar Allan Poe short story. I love the way this was short from the spilt screens to the additional pieces of animation throughout, I thought this added a fun and comic style to it while dealing with quite complex themes .He uses atmospheric lighting and music in each scene to set a specific tone and is also deliberately non-specific to allow us to conjure our own idea if the ‘Imp’ and this is another excellent film technique that makes this an engaging and thoughtful piece.
- Let It Be by Bertie Gilbert (2016)
This magical Realist film made by Bertie Gilbert is an absolute must watch! Starring himself, Dodie Clark, Savannah Brown and Jack Howard, Bertie presents a beautifully filmed and artistically presented story of what happens when a troubled relationship comes face-to-face with Death itself. The film portrays Death as a naive black haired girl played by Savannah Brown, sick of her eternal career of killing good people, this really creates a strong premise for the film. The cinematography produced by Ciaran O’Brien, was stunning. This is definitely a strong point in all of Gilbert’s films. The colours brought some lightness into a darker theme but managed not to overplay it.
- Ghost Fighting Corporation by Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs (2015)
This comedic formalist film follows two friends living together in an apartment that is incidentally also inhabited by a supernatural presence. This piece has a witty and engaging script that puts a unique twist on a stereotypically story and tells it like it’s never been before. The use of well timed humour and artistic shots used for comedic effect are what make it stand out among the other ghost related short films.
- The Fleeting Little Life Of Peter Wright by Tim Hautekiet and Sammy Paul (2015)
This realist short film addresses mental illness in a positive and refreshing way, it touches upon suicide in a way that doesn’t scare you, doesn’t offend you and does not look over the topic. Particular techniques used that stay stuck in my head as adding to the impact of the film would be sound and editing. Both of these elements were used to create an emotional impact during a montage scene towards the end that contains a speech and non-diegetic music which adds to the overall message attempting to be put across. The film is considerably comedic and light hearted despite the gravitas of the subject matter and I believe this approach helps to create a bigger impact on the audience.
Enjoy- but be warned some of the themes are complex and may not be suitable for everyone.