My Top 5 Favorite Short Films

I didn’t always know I wanted to get into movie making, but when I did discover a love for the craft, some friends shared the following five short films with me to show me what I too could achieve with a little team work, passion, and imagination. As you will soon see, there is a pattern to the titles below and that is action and drama, especially in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy realm.

One thing that has stayed true through my time in the Electronic Media & Film program is quality over quantity, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving when one chooses to meet the challenge that is the short film.

We’re in a world now and in a business where people perceive complexity as good. It’s not good; complexity is not good. People don’t understand the elegance of simplicity. And there are very few people left who do understand it.
-Gordon Willis.
  1. ALIVE IN JOBURG, directed by Neill Blomkamp.
    A short science fiction film that covers issues of apartheid in Johannesburg. Essentially the prequel to District 9!

    Anthropological issues with a science fiction undertones. You gotta love a director making sequels to original work from his college days! Neill has more shorts available on YouTube!

  2. CARGO, directed by Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke.
    A dad makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his daughter in the zombie apocalypse.

    A simple story about sacrifice and love in a zombie world featuring the greatest dad in the world! This will stay with me forever!

  3. LA LUNA, directed by Enrico Casarosa.
    A coming of age story about a young boy who enters the magical family business alongside his dad and granddad.

    I’m a sucker for stories like these. I was treated to it in the EMF class Concept & Story as we started generating ideas for our own un-produced shorts.
  4. PLOT DEVICE, directed by Seth Worley.
    Every film genre known to man explodes onto a young filmmaker’s front lawn.

    This is one of the very first shorts I found years ago when I first got started in movies.
  5. THE OMEN CHRONICLES, directed by Wren Weichman.
    Harry Potter fan film full of a new cast of characters and a new enemy.

    I’m just super impressed by the effects, camera, and pacing of this short. This one sticks with me because it feels like the team just worked smart. Nuff said!

By Josiah D. Bradley

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