Each and every single day, it's our job here at Cinematical to provide you with, not only movie news, but refreshing new content. From time to time, I'll take it upon myself to ask friends, relatives and the occasional random person on a street corner what they would like to see more of on this unbelievably awesome blog. Recently, the same two words have been slipping out the mouths of those around me -- short films.
Short films (or shorts) have been around since the early 1900's. Back then, when one would visit a movie theater, they would have a chance to watch a variety of short films before the feature began. Be it animated or live-action, most shorts were comedic in nature and helped launch the careers of folks like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. However, mainly due to the rise of television in the 1950's, commercially-produced shorts were about to disappear, paving the way for today's standard of one movie per showing.
Now, short films cover an array of topics and are often used by the filmmaker as a "calling card" or as entrance into Hollywood's heavily guarded front doors. With more and more film festivals cropping up each year, short films are slowly climbing their way back into our hearts. There are now a multitude of websites dedicated to helping filmmakers find more of an audience for their shorts by streaming them online for free. And this is where we come in. Each week, I'm going to scan the internet and bring back an assortment of short films for you to watch and discuss. Oh, and I'll also need your help. Since most of you are already watching shorts online, feel free to send all tips, links and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll keep an eye out and may even use some of your stuff for future editions of Eat My Shorts. Got it? Good. Let's go watch some shorts: