A Short Film A Day
directed by Patrick Cederberg and Walter Woodman
Short Films are extremely important to us, which is why one of our top priorities this year is covering a short film every day. While we’re starting the first thirty days on the site with fairly well known short films, we would like to get as many submissions as possible quickly. If you or someone you know has made a short film, please contact us at email@example.com.
Five to ten years ago, I used to see short films by the hundreds. I would easily see 500 in any given year. While I haven’t seen nearly as many this year, I have a hard time imagining a film that said more about the human condition in 2013 than Noah.
Noah premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and seemed to show up for free viewing online immediately after (which is always nice).
Noah seems like a typical teenager today, who experiences everything digitally, through Facebook, Skype, Chatroutte, Youporn or texting. To really get us into this mind frame, first time directors Patrick Cederberg and Walter Woodman only show us his computer.
Through this window, we experience all the facets of life including love, happiness, suspicion, heartache, loss, grief and more. There’s a little bit of drama, some slight comedy and even mystery and intrigue.
I know that the whole setup sounds like a gimmick, and that may be, but this is one gimmick that has paid off.
Do be aware that there’s a little bit of NSFW nudity involved, but probably nothing too shocking if you’ve been on the internet before.
Surprisingly, for such a successful short film (winning Best Canadian Short Film at TIFF), there doesn’t seem to be much information about the filmmakers online (there isn’t even an official site for the film), although they say that their next project is an album by their band, the aptly named Shy Kids.
Bonus: This song by The Streets details a similarly precarious melding of romance and social networking.