Short Films – The short (7:30) science fiction film “Abe” was posted to YouTube in June of 2017 by DUST. This is a very different kind of robot story. The synopsis:
A self-aware robot seeks out love and meaning with horrifying results.
This is as much a horror film as it is science fiction. I thought that the film was very well done, but then DUST does a great job of producing these short films. I liked this film though on IMDB it only achieved a 6.7/10 rating.
Star Wars – Short Films – The short (10:26) Star Wars fan film “Whatever Happened to Mace Windu?” was uploaded to YouTube in June of 2017 by blinky500. The synopsis:
Sometime after the fallout of “Revenge of the Sith” and before the events of “Rogue One”, Mace Windu found his way to a desert planet with no name, where he prepares his counter-strike against the Galactic Empire and his nemesis- Darth Vader.
I thought that this was a pretty well-done film, though it only earned a 4.1/10 rating on IMDB. I think that the results of just four Sundays of filming turned out well.
Short Films – The short (10:00) Star Wars Fan Film “The Fallen Jedi” was uploaded to YouTube in July of 2017 by GUWZs Productions. The synopsis:
Jaina and her darksaber battle Jacen Solo one last time to determine the fate of the galaxy!
This is not the best Star Wars Fan Film I have seen, but it is far from the worst. The special effects of the lightsaber fighting are pretty good. I also really like Jaina’s use of the “darksaber”. A real plus for this fan film is that it is not shot out in the forest. As good as this short is I am surprised that it still has less than 20,000 views after 18 months.
If you are a Star Wars fan I would recommend giving up the 10 minutes to watch this fan film.
WWII – Short Films – This short (15:53) World War II-era film was uploaded to YouTube in June of 2016 by MHWL Productions. It depicts an encounter by German troops with American troops from the German perspective. Most dialog is in German but with English subtitles.
I think that the film was well made though as pointed out in the comments to the YouTube post there are some flaws – troops of both sides too neat and clean, poor tactics, and too many US officers on the front lines.
It definitely depicts a bloody and ruthless conflict from both sides.
Short Films – I came across the short (23:47) science fiction film “Red Mission” a few months ago, but did not view it until yesterday. It was uploaded to YouTube in October of 2015 by KP Films. The synopsis:
In the year 2053, Richards, Hudson, and Bowman are the first astronauts to be sent on a mission to the Red Planet. Richards, who is alone in the Mars Red II Recon Orbiter, must figure out what has happened to his friends when the mission takes an unexpected turn.
I thought that this was a well-done film, though it is a little strange. As one of those commenting on the YouTube post said, “This had a very nostalgic feel of an episode of the “Twilight Zone” or maybe the “Outer Limits” TV shows”. I agree that it has that sort of feel. The rating for this film on IMDB was only 4.5/10, a little lower than I would have expected.
WWII – Short Films – The short (14:25) WWII era film “Kurland ’44” was published to YouTube in December of 2016 by ParaLight WorX. They have produced several short films, many with a WWII theme. The synopsis for this film:
It is late October of 1944 and a young soldier named Karl Franke has been shipped to Courland, Latvia. He must prove himself to his fellow soldiers in his first confrontation with the Russian Army.
This is a well-made film available in up to 1080p resolution. The dialog is all in German, but there are English subtitles. This is one of the better WWII era short films I have seen.
If you are interested in the World War II era of history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of links to museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.
Short Film – WWII – I came across the short (12:42) World War II film “Prisoner of War”. This film was uploaded to YouTube in September of 2011 by mbfilmsuk. The synopsis of the film from IMDB:
1941, a cold dawn, and two German soldiers, a Captain and a Private, are out hunting somewhere on the Eastern Front. The Captain lists all the possible animals that they might find in the deep forest lands around them. However today he is only interested in the spoor of the one sort of animal: man. Prisoners have escaped; they must be found, and dealt with. When it comes to the crunch will the private once more fail in his duty or will he be given a second chance, and who will be anointed with the blood of the first kill?
I thought that this was a very well done film, though all of the dialog is in German. English subtitles are provided so the film is easy to understand. The film is rated as 6.6 on IMDB.
If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.
Short Films – I came across the short (9:16) animated science fiction film “Ostiary” recently. This film was posted to YouTube in September of 2018 by Ghaffar Studios. The synopsis:
Stranded and running low on food, a space traveler decides to venture out into a planet’s mysterious environment in search of nutrition. However, he soon finds himself in a situation that’s far more dire.
This is an interesting film, but not great. I checked IMDB, but it has no rating for this film yet.
Star Wars – The short (8:46) Star Wars fan film “The Temptation of Qui-Gon Jinn” was published to YouTube in September of 2016 by Chris Niespodzianski. The original film was made for the 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards. This is an extended version.
This is not a bad fan film, but I have seen better ones.
Short Films – The very short (2:52) science fiction film “Terrarial” was posted to YouTube in September of 2017 by DUST. The synopsis:
With the help of her drones, a young woman faces the horrors outside in a search for a paradise she may never find.
I thought that this, as is most from DUST, is a well-done video.