Friday, April 30, 2010

Fantastic Short Film Friday - The Raven

And we are back with another weekly installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we look to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film. Sometimes you can come across a short that's so well made it forces you to stand up and take notice as you scratch the back of your head going, "Damn!!" This is one of those shorts. Beautifully shot and skillfully edited, The Raven is written and directed by Ricardo de Montreuil with music composed by Angelo Milli. Sure there's nothing new here, but its a wonderful feat of technology nonetheless.

Here's the synopsis: Chris Black possesses a power that could lead to the destruction of the current regime, and they will stop at nothing to destroy him. The chase is on as Chris runs for his life in this sci-fi thriller set in an alternate and futuristic Los Angeles.

It seems like the shorts at the cutting edge these days are all science fiction films. As technology becomes more adaptable and accessible, filmmakers with a lot of drive and ingenuity are able to create such vast and beautiful worlds that leave the viewer going, "how did they do that. How much did that cost?" Answer: shot with a Red Camera and completed for $5,000. Wow. Neil Blomkamp's District 9 was born of a short film called Alive in Joburg and Carl Erik Rinsch's short The Gift is causing all kinds of waves and bidding wars in Hollywood (I'll be featuring that short next week). So yeah, its a good time to be a geek and a lover of short films.

So sit back with that coffee as you tap tap tap over your keyboard and let the world of The Raven take you over. Enjoy.

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