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Diving

Short Films

Some strange being jumped into my body and decided I would make a short film for my 3rd semester MFA project -- based on one of my short stories. I'm too far down that road to change my mind now, and I've got an artist, a CGI professional and Lara Parker (Angelique in the original Dark Shadows) to be my narrator, so I guess I'm good for now.

That's the lead in to last night. Paul (my husband), Gayle, my CGI person and I went to a showing of the Oscar nominated shorts at the Egyptian theatre on Hollywood Blvd. We paid $15.00 for parking and $10/each for the tickets. Something's wrong with this picture.

But the films were great. My favorite live action was "Binta and the Great Idea". "Binta, a 7-year-old girl sets out to change the life of her young cousin." This film was brilliantly crafted. The blub above doesn't touch on the profound nature of this film. If you get a chance to see it, jump on it.

The winner of the academy award for live action short was "West Bank Story", a musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. Incredibly funny. Had the audience rolling of the floor.

In the animation category, the winner was "The Danish Poet". Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, takes a holidy in Norway to meet the famous wirter Sigrid Undset. This film has minimal animation, but has Liv Ullman as the narrator. It has a very heartwarming story that isn't funny. However, there were little animated bits in the background that were just hysterical, especially if you've spent anytime in Denmark and know the culture. (Yes, I spent some time in Copenhagen.) I learned a lot about what animation could add to a story.

The other noteable in my book was "Maestro". Maestro sits in front of a dressing room mirror and carefully prepares for his grand show. It's the grand show that makes this film one of my favs.

So if you get a chance to see any of these, do it. As far as my little film is concerned, I don't think it's going to make it to the academy awards. One can always dream...