Monthly Archives: juli 2009

Short Film Friday #3 – He Came. She Stole.

So I know that in my first SFF post I promised that these films would not take up much more than 10 mintues of your time. I guess I lied. Because here the other day I stumbled upon a film called Arnold and the Alps by Drew Mylrea, which I really have to share. It’s 40 minutes long. This story of a young man’s desire to go ice climbing can best be described as quirky and weird, and if there is any doubt, I mean that in a good way. The film also contains one of the best sex scenes I have seen for quite some time. Arnold 1

The internet is a medium of short attention span and constant tempation. So the fact that this film managed to keep me interested for 40 minutes is nothing short of impressive. Whats even more impressive is the fact that if you watch the end credits you will see that this was pretty much a one mans job.

So I decided to get in touch with man behind the film, Drew Mylrea, and ask him some question on process of making a film by yourself.

1. Can you give a short introduction of yourself?

I’m 22 – dropped out of ucla with a Spanish requirement to go after finishing a theater directing major, been making movies since I could think (or trying to!) – started with stop animation then action films.

2. From the end credits it seems like this was pretty much a one man job. How much time did it take to make it? Were there times when you just wanted to give up?

One man job. Took four months of filming when we could because people were working or in school etc. I absolutely almost gave up after the first rough cut. The pacing was off, it was 1hr long and had all of these scenes we came up with on the fly, which ended up being nic Charachter accents but not driving the story. That, combined with terrible sound led to a test screening that had a horrible reaction and left me bummed about this thing I had worked so hard on.

It took a while to finally find the right rythm. Then came more frustration when inhad to record all of the sound effects because that proccess is just a lonely trek out with a micraphone which I fin laborious unlike lighting a shot or wiling with actors.Arnold 2

3. What was the budget on the film? And how did you finance it?

No budget at all. I spent under 5k on the camera, borrowed all props, had to pay 150 to rent a segway and a couple key antiques like the spear. Asher bought me the sound recorder, I had the mac to edit. Everyon fed themselves bless there hearts.

4. Technical aspects: camera, lenses, editing software?

Camera hv20
Brevis 35mm nikon mount
Nikon 50mm, 17-35mm and a funky telephoto zoom
Redrock follow focus
Battery and LCD screen
2 stolen 2k lights
1 legally obtained Arri light kit consisting of 2 650watt 1 300w lights
Final cut pro, shake

(Stian: I’ve sent him a follow up so hopefully we will get the story on the two stolen 2k lights:)

5. What was the hardest part of making the film?

Hardest part was editing it down

6. Where there any funny, weird or interesting things that happened while you were filming it?

It was all fun and funny to make – cast was unbelievable and I love them too much.

7. What is your next project?

Next project is a feature don’t want to say anything until Im 100percent sure I can make it. Scripts ready if anyone who is interested in helping wants to chat please do! (Mylrea at gmail dot com)

So go and watch the film here at:

I’m already looking forward to his feature, and I’d love to see what Mylrea could do if he had a real budget to play with. No matter what happens I do believe this man has a great future ahead of him.


Short Film Friday #2

Today I present to you the internet classic Black Button. Directed by Lucas Crandles, the film is 7 minutes long. Enjoy.

Short Film Friday #1

I love good short films. They manage to say something interesting about life in just a few minutes, and at the same time they are just the right lenght for my tiny attention span to handle. And now with the possibility for HD-streaming online, I would dare to say that the genre is entering its golden age. Finally the short film has found its perfect medium.

So to celebrate this I am going to share some new shorts with you every friday from now on. My goal is to present a new collection each friday that will not take up more than 10 minutes of your time. Some of them are internet classics, others might be hidden gems, but the common factor is that they are some of the best short films the internet has to offer.

Last Day Dream – Director: Chris Milk –  Lenght: 48 sec

How is it possible to say so much in just 48 seconds?

Lovefield – Director: Matthieu Rathe – Length: 5 min 29 sec

Beautiful photography, and a showmanship of genre awareness.

Just Colour – Director: Jesper Kirkeby Brevik – Length: 2 min

Who knew ink drops could be so mesmerizing? I could watch this all day.

I guess that’s enough for know. I have a long list of great videos to post, so check in next friday if you want more.

Why the Internet is Awesome – The Power of Creative Commons

So last year we made a short film called «Nemesis», and a couple of months ago we posted it online under a Creative Commons-license. Basically the license says that anyone can do whatever they want to do with the film as long as it is non-commerical use, and that they give us credit.

About two weeks ago I found this comment on the Nemesis blogpost:

«Hi Stian!
I really enjoyed your film, it’s so damn good that I would stand out in my city’s square and scream the youtube adress in my head! :) Since that wouldn’t be so noticeable, I would like to translate it to Hungarian, to show it to my friends, and post it on webpages..»

We exchanged some emails, and then two weeks later, BAM!, here it is. Nemesis with Hungarian subtitles.

Press play. Then click the arrow in the bottom right corner of the youtube player. A new menu will appear. Hover your mouse over the arrow pointing left. You can now choose the language.

This is an example of how well Creative Commons-liscensing can work, not just for the consumer but also for the creator. I am now able to reach a bigger audience than I could have with just the english subtitles.

So a big special thanks to my new Hungarian friend, mr. Tooni:)