9 (2005 film)
9 is a 2005 computer animated short film created by Shane Acker as a student project at the UCLA Animation Workshop. Tim Burton saw the film and was so impressed by its artistic vision that he went on to produce a feature-length adaptation titled 9, directed by Acker and distributed by Focus Features; the film was presented at the Indianapolis International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short film, but lost to The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, although it did win a Student Academy Award for Best Animation. 9 is a sentient rag doll who appears to be the last of his kind, living in the ruins of a decaying, post-apocalyptic Earth. He is first seen making simple constructs out of refuse – a swinging armature of scrap metal, an upright book with string tied around it, a dummy rag doll full of tar, though the purpose behind these things is unclear at first. Hunting 9 relentlessly is the Cat Beast, a mechanical monster wearing a cat's skull for a head.
It appears to be guided by a small glowing talisman. Sitting 9 stares into the mirrored surface of his own strange talisman and has a flashback. In the flashback, 9 searches the ruins with 5, a one-eyed rag doll, they store them in the cloth linings of their own skin. With 9's help, 5 is able to salvage a light bulb and operate it using pieces of wire and a watch battery. 5 gives the functional bulb to 9 for safe-keeping. After, 5 draws the mirrored talisman from inside his chest, it glows green. 5 gives the talisman to 9 pushes him into cover. Extending a homemade folding spear, 5 steps out to confront the threat, but the Cat Beast circles behind him and snatches him up with a metal pincer, shearing off his right arm. Though he struggles, 5 can not break free, the Cat Beast sucks 5's soul out through his mouth using its talisman, leaving 5 lifeless. Horrified, 9 escapes in panic giving away his location to the Cat Beast by scraping the light bulb against a rock. 9 is woken from the memory by the warning green glow of the mirrored talisman.
Taking the light bulb, which he has attached to the end of a staff, 9 flees into a ruined house. The Cat Beast follows and we see that it has not just taken the other rag dolls' souls: it wears their numbered skins like a garment; the number 5 shows prominently on its back. The Beast pounces on what it thinks is 9, but which turns out to be a marionette – the dummy created by 9 at the beginning of the film; the Beast's claws stick in the tar and 9 is able to hop onto its back and steal the Beast's talisman. 9 leads the Beast on a panicked chase through the house and runs out onto the end of a broken plank, which extends over a several-story drop. Thinking it has 9 cornered, the Beast walks out onto the plank, but it has fallen into 9's trap. Nearby is the metal armature, the upright book. 9 leaps off the plank onto the armature. He kicks it and it falls into the pit; the string, tied at one end to the book, has its other end tied to the plank. The weight of the falling book drags the plank into the pit, the Beast with it.
The Beast crashes through a hole in the cellar floor and is impaled by the sharp end of the falling plank. This all reveals. Now free from fear, 9 salvages the skins of the other rag dolls and prepares them to be ceremonially burned; as he looks sadly at the skin of 5, the two talismans begin to glow. 9 realizes that they puts them together. A beam of green light erupts from the united talisman, the spirits of the eight slain rag dolls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 emerge, returning to their rag doll skins to be at peace. Before disappearing, 5's soul nods in approval. In the morning, when the ashes have cooled, 9 – bearing the light bulb staff, a symbol of the persistent light of knowledge and learning – walks off into the wasteland, leaving the empty talisman behind in the sand; the short film took four and a half years, off, to create. Acker wanted to make it as stop motion, but went for CGI when realizing it would have turned out too expensive, he used Maya 1.5–5.5 for 3D modeling, Photoshop for the textures, After Effects for compositing, Premiere for editing.
There are homages to Acker's influences like Brothers Pixar placed throughout. Most of it was rendered at 720x540 pixels on a three-computer dual-processor render farm. For distribution at film festivals like Sundance and Hues Studios offered to print the short film to 35mm using their film printer and image resizing techniques; the credits show that beyond Acker, there were five other animators and three other lighters that worked on the film. The music was provided by his band the Earganic. AwardedStudent Academy Award – Gold Award for Animation SIGGRAPH – Best in Show Animex – First Prize, 3D Character Animation Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation College Awards – First Prize, Non-traditional Animation Florida Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival – Best Animated ShortNominatedAcademy Award – Best Animated Short, lost to The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation 9 is a computer animated feature film adapted from the short film, it was produced in part by Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, Jim Lemley, released on September 9, 2009 by Focus Features.
Shane Acker wrote the original story. Pamela Pettler wrote the script; the lead voice actors are Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and Fred Tatasciore. List o
Brothers (2004 film)
Brothers is a 2004 Danish psychological thriller war film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen. It stars Connie Nielsen and Ulrich Thomsen; the film was remade as an American production with the same title, directed by Jim Sheridan. A Danish officer, Michael, is sent to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months, his first mission there is to find a young radar technician, separated from his squad some days earlier. While on the search, his helicopter is shot down and he is taken as a prisoner of war, but is reported dead to the family, his wife Sarah and younger brother Jannik both mourn him, that brings them closer together. They kiss once, but do not pursue the relationship. Meanwhile, both the officer and a young technician are locked up in a warehouse, kept without food or water. After Michael shows them how to arm and disarm an anti-aircraft missile, his captors decide the technician is no longer useful and have Michael bludgeon him to death with a lead pipe in order to save his own life.
He is rescued and brought back to Denmark. The guilt of what he did forces him to lie and provide false hope that the technician may still be alive. Michael becomes unstable, spiraling down into a pit of guilt and rage, begins to threaten and abuse his wife and tear the house apart, it becomes necessary for the police to intervene. Michael overreacts. With Michael in custody, Jannik helps Sarah to begin the repairs to the house. In the car, Sarah passes a sign reading "Statsfængslet", her visit to Michael in prison forces him to admit the truth about Afghanistan. Connie Nielsen as Sarah Ulrich Thomsen as Michael Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Jannik Sarah Juel Werner as Natalia Rebecca Løgstrup as Camilla Bent Mejding as Henning Solbjørg Højfeldt as Else Niels Olsen as Allentoft Paw Henriksen as Niels Peter Lars Hjortshøj as Preben 2 Lars Ranthe as Preben 1 André Babikian as Slobodan Lene Maria Christensen as J. Solvej Laura Bro as Ditte Henrik Koefoed as Bartender Tom Mannion as Captain David Ward The film was produced by Zentropa in co-production with companies in the United Kingdom and Norway.
It received support from the Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute and Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond. It was shot on location in Copenhagen, Denmark. An opera based on the story of the film by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason was premiered in Aarhus on 16 August 2017, it was commissioned by Den Jyske Opera. Kerstin Perski wrote the director was Kasper Holten. To celebrate Aarhus as the European capital of culture 2017 3 stage works. Brothers on IMDb Brothers in the Danish Film Database
Murderball is a 2005 American documentary film about athletes who are physically disabled who play wheelchair rugby. It centers on the rivalry between the Canadian and U. S. teams leading up to the 2004 Paralympic Games. It was directed by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, produced by Jeffrey V. Mandel and Shapiro, it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the 78th Academy Awards. Murderball was the first MTV film released through ThinkFilm as well as Participant Media; the film was screened at the United Nations uncut. One of its stars, Mark Zupan, winced when describing how embarrassed he was to have his mother hear his remarks on the sex lives of persons with quadriplegia. Murderball was shot on a low budget; the main camera used was a Panasonic AG-DVX100. The crew rigged a Sennheiser shotgun microphone to use as a boom, relied on Lavaliere wireless microphones as well. Available lighting was used exclusively. Additional light was provided using an inexpensive china ball. In one example of on-the-spot lighting, a flashlight was diffused using only a napkin.
Murderball garnered universally positive reviews. This film is #1 on the Rotten Tomatoes countdown of the top sports movies. Metacritic gives an aggregated score of 87 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Murderball received positive reviews from Hollywood.com and Roger Ebert, who said "This is one of those rare docs, like Hoop Dreams, where life provides a better ending than the filmmakers could have hoped for." The film score was composed and performed by Jamie Saft and the soundtrack album, which featuring selections from Saft's score along with released tracks by Ministry, The Polyphonic Spree, Sam Prekop, The Moldy Peaches, The Whiles and Scratch Massive used in the ducumentary, was released on the Commotion label in 2005. Additional music composed for the film was released on Saft's A Bag of Shells. Allmusic's James Christopher Monger said "Hearing Ministry's Alaine Jourgensen screaming "thieves, thieves & liars, murderers" over the clash of metal on metal during a wheelchair rugby match dutifully amplifies the primal nature of competition when all of the players involved have overcome near-death physical injuries....
The film's producers have compiled a rousing soundtrack that reflects the sport's brutality while maintaining an undercurrent of regretful stoicism. Keyboard player/composer Jamie Saft provides Murderball's backbone, laying down an original score that boasts atmospherics which are both tender and visceral. Other highlights include the engaging "Something" from the Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop, a trippy instrumental from Ween and the Moldy Peaches "Anyone Else But You."". All compositions by Jamie Saft except where noted Ministry: "Thieves" – 4:59 Jamie Saft: "Murderball Remix" – 4:44 Ween: "The F**ked Jam" – 2:55 The Polyphonic Spree: "Light & Day" – 3:24 Sam Prekop: "Something" – 3:47 Jamie Saft: "Robert's Theme" – 2:27 "The Moldy Peaches: "Anyone Else but You" – 2:57 "The Whiles: "Song for Jerry" – 1:31 Chessie: "Follow Me Home" – 6:51 Jamie Saft: "Penultimatum" – 3:21 Scratch Massive: "Keep on Workin'" – 5:12 Jamie Saft: "Dungeonous Warfare" – 1:27 Ministry: "Waiting" – 5:04 Murderball on IMDb Murderball at AllMovie Murderball at Box Office Mojo Murderball at Rotten Tomatoes Mark Zupan's Murderball Journal from 2005, at MTV.com
Pop Skull is a 2007 American horror film directed by Adam Wingard. In 2003, filmmaker Adam Wingard approached Mexican American actor Lane Hughes with the idea of doing a semi-autobiographical film about a recent breakup, they conceived the film as "one-part psychedelic, one-part horror and one-part romance" and made it for $2,000.00. The film depicts the lonely and disjointed life of Daniel, a young Alabama pill addict, as his efforts to cope with the trials of his day-to-day life collide with the increasing influence of murderous and displaced spirits that inhabit his home. Pop Skull screened at several major film festivals, including the American Film Institute and the Rome Film Festival, it won the jury award at the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Indianapolis International Film Festival. Reviews were enthusiastic. LA Splash said Hughes gave "a magnetic Manson vibe the entire time, allowing director Adam Wingard to make great use of the extreme close-up"; the Grudge screenwriter Stephen Susco remarked that it was "unlike any horror film you've seen - or will see..."
Variety called the movie "powerful" and suggested it created "a new genre: acid horror." Pop Skull at AllMovie Pop Skull on IMDb Pop Skull at Rotten Tomatoes
The Story of the Weeping Camel
The Story of the Weeping Camel is a 2003 German docudrama distributed by ThinkFilm. It was released internationally in 2004; the movie was written by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni. The plot is about a family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi Desert trying to save the life of a rare white bactrian camel calf after it was rejected by its mother. During Spring, a family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd; the last camel to calve this season has a protracted labor. With the assistance and intervention of the family, a rare white calf is born; this is the mother camel's first calving. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and failing to establish a care-bond with it. To restore harmony between the mother and calf, the nomadic family call upon the services of a group of lamas who perform a ritual with bread or dough'effigies' of the mother, the calf and the individual members of the family; the rite opens with the sound of a sacred conchshell horn followed by bells in the hands of lamas, some of whom wield vajra.
The rite takes place with members of the extended nomadic community and a number of lama at a sacred place that consists of one end of a log, or wooden pole, set in the earth, with the other end raised to the sky: a stylized'victory banner' with a piece of blue fabric entwined around it, functioning as a prayer flag. The log is supported by a cairn of rocks at its base as foundation; the ritual, does not re-establish harmony between the mother and calf. The family resolve to secure the services of an indigenous'violinist' to play the music for a Mongolian'Hoos' ritual, they send their two young boys on a journey through the desert to the community marketplace to locate a musician. The'violinist' —who plays more a morin khuur — is summoned to the camp and a ritual of folk music and chanting is enacted; the musician first drapes the morin khuur on the first hump of the camel to establish a sympathetic magical linkage between the mother and the state of harmony represented by the instrument. Once this is done he removes the instrument and commences playing.
As the musician sounds the Mongolian'violin', the female family member who lulled her child to sleep with a lullaby earlier in the documentary intones the calming sounds and beautiful melody of the'hoos'. At this point, the mother camel starts tears visibly streaming from her eyes. After the rite the mother and calf are reconciled and the calf draws milk from her teat; the Story of the Weeping Camel received positive reviews. The documentary was nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Documentary at the 77th Academy Awards. International Film Critics Award, 2004 San Francisco International Film Festival White Camel Award, 2006 Sahara International Film Festival Official website The Story of the Weeping Camel on IMDb The Story of the Weeping Camel at AllMovie The Story of the Weeping Camel at Box Office Mojo The Story of the Weeping Camel at Rotten Tomatoes The Story of the Weeping Camel at Metacritic
Antonio's Breakfast is a acclaimed Brixton set drama short film written and directed by Daniel Mulloy. It went on to win the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film. Antonio, a young black teenager, is woken by his father's rasping breaths, it soon becomes clear. As Antonio's friends arrive Antonio is forced to choose between a life lived for his father or one in which he makes his own way, his ultimate decision is one laced with guilt. Mulloy held castings around the Peckham areas of London, he spent a year work-shopping with the chosen young cast members, several of whom would appear in his films. The story of Antonio's Breakfast is built around Mulloy's childhood experiences of growing up in Brixton. "When writing, I have a strong sense of. I work with the artists in rehearsals until they have made the performances their own. In Antonio’s Breakfast this meant that the young guys spent time working out what they thought would feel natural for them to say and I trusted them implicitly and went with it."
Daniel Mulloy from Get Your Short Film Funded and Seen by Tricia Tuttle Antonio's Breakfast premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to international critical acclaim and in the UK it went on to win the 2006 British Academy Award. Premiered Sundance Film Festival 2006 Winner 59th British Academy Film Awards Best Short Film 2006 Winner Grand Jury Prize Aspen Shortsfest Winner Indianapolis Winner FilmFest Kansas City Winner Melbourne Winner Indianapolis Special Mention Jury Award Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Official website Antonio's Breakfast on IMDb Making Short Films: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen - Clifford Thurlow Get Your Short made and Filmed: The Shooting People Shorts Directory – Tricia Tuttle
El Inmigrante is a 2005 documentary directed and written by brothers David and John Eckenrode along with John Sheedy, about immigrant deaths along the U. S.-Mexico border. The film documents the story of the fatal encounter between Mexican migrant Eusebio de Haro Espinosa and elderly Texan Sam Blackwood, close to Blackwood’s property near the international border; the de Haro family Brackettville community members Vigilante border militias in Arizona The horseback border patrol in El Paso Migrants The film won the award of Best Documentary Film at the 2007 Byron Bay International Film Festival. El Inmigrante on IMDb