As part of the Florida State University, College of Motion Picture Arts comes a whole host of short films, each just over six-minutes long, showcasing their students work.
Here, we’ve picked out a handful that particularly stood out from the rest:
My Wizard Dad
First up it’s My Wizard Dad starring Gerry Z. Dragun and Kara Grozan. Dragun is a wizard in today’s modern world, where kids, frankly, couldn’t care less, enthralled as they are by the internet and same-day delivery.
Despite Dragun’s best attempts and, unique humour, he simply can’t get his daughter on side and when a board member arrives from a wizarding council, his daughter disrupts her father’s attempts at impressing them.
Can she undo what she’s done and help her father achieve his dream?
My Wizard Dad is a wonderful and humorous look at this unique take on wizards and what it would be like to be one now, in the modern world.
Writer and director Carrie Rich chose to make the short in a documentary, or mockumentary, style which works wonderfully, reminiscent of Modern Family in it’s style but by no means the worst for it.
Stick around for the end credits where you get to see just how the ‘magic’ really happened.
A poignant look at dementia as Jason is in a care home, working on something in his journalistic job, something he’s beginning to think isn’t right for him.
That is until a patient mistakes him for someone and begins talking to him, reminiscing about a past he doesn’t know about. Jason goes along with it, not wanting to upset the old woman.
She begins to reminisce about a time when she was mad at him, or the person she thinks Jason is, and he went away and purchased an orange, something she hates. She doesn’t know whether to stay mad or laugh at the absurdity of it all.
It’s the memory that makes her happy though, she relives it like it was yesterday and takes comfort in her belief she must have had many, happy, days just like that one during her life.
Her sense of happiness, of who she is and who she was, makes Jason take a look at himself and want to get her story out there, it reignites his passion for his work.
The Orange is a lovely tale, filled with smiles and happiness, something we should all have.
A Fairy Tale
Mr Clarke, is a man who works too hard and who has forgotten what it is to imagine, believe in something, even if, deep down, you know it isn’t real.
So, when his son loses his tooth and decides to put it under his pillow for the tooth fairy, Clarke is incredulous, steaming that his son still believes in something such as this.
When he goes to take the tooth, who should he meet? The Tooth Fairy herself and she shows him just what it means to have an imagination, how we shouldn’t lose that just because we get older.
A Fairy Tale is a lovely short story about keeping the child in all of us alive, it’s not a bad thing to imagine, or believe in something.
Nothing To Fear
A short-film that takes on the sci-fi genre is a brave choice, but that’s exactly what writer and director Y has done with Nothing To Fear.
Michelle Viana is a woman in, what looks like a jail, or some kind of hospital. Locked in her room the only person who visits is Quincy, Steve Aaron, a man who hooks her up to a machine designed to help her conquer her greatest fear.
The question is, does Michelle know what her greatest fear really is?
Nothing To Fear is a sci-fi in the traditional sense of the word, a real head scratcher full of twists and turns that leave you with more questions then answers.
It’s a one-room film with some nice production values that works well as a short. It’s sci-fi scary, made all the more so as you never really know what’s truly going on.
Doll It Up
Prolific short-film actor Timothy J. Cox (also the man who notified us about these short films) stars as Gunther, a man who ha a unique relationship with a blow-up doll, pretending to be married to her but not necessarily living out ‘the good life’, rather, going through some of the mundanity of relationships too.
When his doll finally deflates, he decides to bring in a newer model, but he can’t even have that as a fantasy, instead role-playing a jealous ex-lover scenario that can only end in disaster.
Doll It Up is wickedly funny with a fantastic performance from Timothy J. Cox in the lead role, reminiscent of Dark Mirror, though not as dark as that, it’s a funny-take on the world and our desire for companionship a we all drift further apart.