Friday, July 29, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Ten For Grandpa (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you an amazingly polished piece, a short with Hollywood big picture production values about Cold War conspiracies, mythology and genealogy. Here is a 7-minute dramatic mystery short called, Ten for Grandpa from filmmaker, Doug Karr. This short utilizes wonderfully the breaking of the fourth wall to tell a mystery tale with amazing visual ques and seamless narrative transitions.

Starring David Alpay, this is the story of a grandson who wants to ask his deceased grandfather ten questions as he tries to figure out who the man was. Here is the true life story of one man, two superpowers, three ex-wives and four autopsies. I love the fact that this short uses a man's quest through genealogy as he unlocks the possible super-heroics of his grandfather. The voiceover from Alpay throughout the short, as he weaves in and out of scenes, is phenomenally well done. I'm still stunned by how unbelievably polished this short looks.

Check this out if you're in the mood to see some high quality short film making with a dash of mystery sleuthing. It's somber, it's deep and yet still quite funny and engaging. This is one of the better shorts I've seen in some time. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Ten for Grandpa.

Ten for Grandpa from Pie Face Pictures on Vimeo.

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