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RequiemForRomanceAnyone who’s ever suffered through the heartache that comes from a romantic breakup knows that there are a plethora of songs which suddenly seem to speak to your fractured emotional state, merging the musician’s own experiences of a love lost with your own. In Montreal-based filmmaker Jonathan Ng’s beautifully expressive kung fu animation Requiem for Romance, he blends a personal story of heartbreak with a commentary on attitudes towards art within contemporary Chinese society by setting the emotional action of a phone call break up within feudal China. Click through to experience the raw emotion. More »

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benh_zeitlin_eggIt’s always interesting to look back at the early shorts of a director to see just how much of their current style and technique was present at a budget and resource level which could conceivably be attained without the support of deep pocketed backers. When Benh Zeitlin’s award-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild was released, much of the discussion about the director’s origins focussed on his 2008 short Glory at Sea, which sits as an obvious precursor to Beasts, yet that film isn’t how Zeitlin got his feet wet as a filmmaker. Watch 3 of his pre-Glory at Sea shorts recently uploaded to Court 13′s Vimeo account after the jump. More »

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JetIt’s well accepted that the bystander effect could leave you high and dry needing help, surrounded by a sea of able people, all unwilling to step forward — but does that mean on the flip side there’s such a thing as ‘sole witness over-exuberance’? If so, the opening moments of Jordan Chesney’s compelling short Jet — in which a man who’s lost all hope finds himself cast as the only lifeline for a snatched girl — may well be the text-book case. Find out how far he’s willing to go to not let her down after the jump: More »

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You’re the astronaut who’ll never reach the oxygen tanks. No hold on, on second thoughts you’re the bleeding soldier who can’t detonate the charges. Actually scrap that, you’re the fisherman being dragged to the bottomless depths. Or perhaps you’re someone completely different? Martín Rosete’s 10 minute short Voice Over depicts the urgency of life’s pivotal moments in a desperate race against time. Watch it after the break. More »

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In short film Broken Cycle from U.S. Army Arabic translator turned filmmaker Clifton Archuleta, a teen finds himself taken in by a gang of neighbourhood thugs and is presented with the decision of whether or not to embrace his anger and step up to the next level, leaving his innocence behind. More »

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This is an oldie but goodie. David Mamet wrote an impassioned memo to his writers on the now-cancelled show The Unit, laying out some principles of good dramatic writing. He wants three questions answered for every scene: “1) WHO WANTS WHAT? 2) WHAT HAPPENS IF [THEY] DON’T GET IT? 3) WHY NOW?” The memo also includes a few putdowns aimed at studio executives, and is a good read — and yes, he wrote it in ALL CAPS to stress the importance of what he was saying: More »

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The 2nd Annual Streamy Awards took place last week, and while I was already familiar with many of the award-winners, some I’d never heard of. Every year when new-media awards like the Streamys or the Webbys are announced, I watch the nominees and winners in hopes that I’ll discover something that truly embodies the creative freedoms offered by the web, something unique and unlike anything in Hollywood. But every year I’m disappointed. This year’s Best Drama winner, The Bannen Way, won specifically because it was the best of the bunch at emulating Hollywood. And while I feel there are a lot of brilliant comedies on the web — You Suck at Photoshop, Wainy Days, The Onion News Network — it’s much harder to find compelling drama.

The most interesting drama series I saw via the Streamys was Compulsions (Streamy winner for Best Writing for a Drama Web Series): More »