Short Films – The short (10:41) first episode of the series “Sage Alexander: The Dark Realm” was released July 14 on the TigerBeat TV YouTube channel. This six-episode video series is based on the Young Adult “Sage Alexander” series of books written by Steve Copling. I haven’t read any of the books in the series myself, but a granddaughter has and says it was very good. That seems to be a common consensus as the book is rated 5/5 on Amazon and nearly as well on Goodreads for both books in the series. The synopsis for the video series:
All of Sage Alexander’s training with his guardian angel Leah has lead to this moment, but is he actually ready to enter the Dark Realm on his own? Meanwhile, five more young warriors-in-training discover a portal into the Dark Realm… 200 years earlier. Will this truly be one last adventure?
The video series certainly looks promising. The few special effects shown in the first episode are reasonable. In addition to this just looking like a good story, I have the added incentive for it to be successful and picked up as a series – I know one of the young actors, Ashlea Rae.
Short Films – WWII – This very short (3:35) and sad short film set in World War II is very different. It was published to YouTube in November of 2017 by Prosaic Pictures. They have produced several short films set in WWII.
Short Films – WWII – WWII Timeline – I have come across many short films, but this is the first set during World War II. This short (13:14) film is named “Unintended” and you will see why as you watch it. It was published to YouTube in December of 2011 by Ben Hector.
It is not the best film and the special effects are minimal. It does have an interesting story though and it is fairly well acted.
Star Wars – The short, award-winning Star Wars fan film “Dawn of Resistance” was published to YouTube in April of 2016 by gazcarr. This is a sequel to the Star Wars fan film “The Secret in the Sand“.
I think that this is a well-done film, but it is unclear to me what the plot is. I am impressed that “This movie was shot in 2 days with nothing but a Canon 5D3 and a tripod”.
Short Films – I thought that “The Last Dean” is a very clever short (2:53) video.
Short Films – The short (13:52) science fiction film “Prospect” was published to YouTube in February of 2016 by All In One Place 2016. The synopsis is:
Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.
The short “Prospect” premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. This is a good young adult scifi film and was awarded a 7.0/10 on IMDB. This short is the basis for a full length film of the same name that premiers at SXSW 2018.
Star Wars – The short (15:00) Star Wars fan film “Master of Shadow” was published to YouTube in March of 2015 by J Sery. I thought that this was a pretty well done fan film, but the plot did not make a lot of sense to me.
Short Films – The short (4:56) science fiction film “Strange Beasts” was published to YouTube in March of 2018 by Dust. The the synopsis per IMDB is:
“Strange Beasts” is an augmented reality game. It allows you to create and grow your own virtual pet. How far can it go?
This is a well done little movie. It received a 7.5/10 rating on IMDB. While it is science fiction now, it may not be for long.
Short Films – The short (12:16) science fiction film “RAE” was uploaded to YouTube in December of 2017 by Dust. The synopsis:
When an office robot attempts to express its affection for a co-worker, the fragile balance between the employees in the office is pushed to a tipping point.
An office robot named RAE decides to give a gift to its co-worker, but unknowingly offends another employee in the office. Set in the not-too-distant future, RAE sets up a likely scenario in which humans and artificially-intelligent robots work in close proximity. In such a world, how can a machine reconcile its feelings with the limitations of its design?
I thought that this was an interesting film, though I do think it could have been a little longer. It has been relatively well received earning a 6/10 on IMDB. I think a little more length and corresponding explanation of the plot would have earned this film a higher rating.
Short Films – Star Wars – The short (27:31) Star Wars fan film “The Secret in The Sand” was published to YouTube in February of 2012 by gazcarr. More than 85% of the 2.5+ million viewers gave this film a “thumbs up” rating.
It wasn’t a bad film and for the time in which it was made, not bad special effects. I would rate this as a 4 out of 5.