Loosely based on a Japanese murder case. Read more here.
Contrary to popular belief, short films are a hell of a lot more difficult to succeed in making than features. Filmmakers have to somehow convey narrative, mood and conjure up compelling characters in a much shorter timeframe. It has to be something exceptionally special in order to make a lasting impression on its audience. Within those limitations come some certain advantages; the artist has the opportunity and leeway to experiment with form and expression much more freely. I’ve always been tough on short films but when they work, the results can be spellbinding.
The Night Shift program at the 2012 edition of Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto featured 21 horror-themed films from all across the globe. It ran on Saturday June 9th from 11:30pm till…4am! As per usual, it was a mixed bag affair. Here is a list of my top 10 favorites. READ MORE
Jovanka Vuckovic’s debut short film The Captured Bird will make its world premiere at the 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival on June 9th in Toronto, Canada. The highly anticipated short, about a little girl who is drawn to a mysterious mansion where she witnesses the birth of five horrifying apparitions, is Executive Produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and produced by Jason Lapeyre, writer/director of I Declare War (Best Picture/Screenplay, ActionFest 2012).
The dark fable, which del Toro describes as “lyrical and brutal” and “filled with beauty” is the culmination of two years of collaboration with some of the top talents in the genre world including cinematographer Karim Hussain (Antiviral, Hobo With A Shotgun), editor Douglas Buck (The Theatre Bizarre, Sisters), Oscar-nominated special effects company Spectral Motion (Looper, X-Men: First Class), matte painter Deak Ferrand (Twilight, Lord of the Rings), Oscar-nominated production designer and frequent Terry Gilliam collaborator Anastasia Masaro (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Tideland) and animatronic special effects designer Paul Jones (The Thing, Silent Hill). READ MORE