If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you'll be no stranger to our weekly #AmazingFilms - a pick of short films (one a week) that have stood out to us as particularly effective in their message, doing unique things with the medium or just worth sharing for whatever reason. Whether you're in video production yourself or just in search of great new content to absorb - it's always beneficial to see what's being created! Well it's come to the end of another month (and year), so we've compiled all of December's picks here for you, just in case you missed any!
'Monster' - Jake Kolton
First up from December was Jake Kolton's brilliant little short, 'Monster'. Essentially just a look at one stay-at-home mother's daily routine, as it's interrupted by an outburst of frustration. Shot on film stock, the short has a brilliant look and feel to it, which is accompanied by some solid direction and fantastic editing, which really work to heighten the frantic nature of the action on screen. The whole thing is a lot of fun, and we're sure it's probably eerily relatable to a lot of mums out there...
'Drug Runner' - Charlotte Regan
On a slightly different end of the spectrum comes Charlotte Regan's story of a fifteen year old cocaine dealer. Picking up various different awards for her other recent short 'Dodgy Dave' at a few big name festivals last year (both London Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival included), Reagan's direction is consistently confident and with 'Drug Runner', she tackles the rarely seen perspective of a much younger dug dealer, and shows off a brilliant knack for unique storytelling. It's brilliantly shot and crafted, making for a really memorable little short!
'Lost & Found' - Andrew Goldsmith, Paul Slabe
The last of December's picks (you have the Christmas break to thank for that), Goldsmith and Slabe's brilliantly animated stop-motion short packs a real emotional punch. Our lead characters are two knitted toys, and we won't spoil the story but rest assured you might want to grab the tissues. Now you'll know from previous posts that we're kind of suckers for a bit of stop-motion, but the animation of these toys here is truly impressive. With loads of smart shots, a satisfyingly realised story and frankly adorable character design; it's easy to see why it picked up a whole load of awards from various festivals last year.