Little Big Shots is an amazing, inspirational film festival that invites children to watch and create their own movies to star on the screen.
You may have heard me talk about the festival before, but 2013 was one of the most outstanding years for LBS by far. There was so much contrast between all the films, animation or reality, fantasy or real-world problems. There was something special about all of the different short films, something that was very unique. I think every contestant did a very good job. Let’s hear about my top three films-
Reloaded is a humorous animation about a scientist’s experiment gone wrong. Using clay and other strange objects to create crazy effects and a destroyed landscape, monsters crawl through the city as cars are crushed and citizens are eaten.
This film reminds me of an old horror movie, as it follows the well-known storyline of a city being taken over and then saved at the last minute by the scientist. This could be considered typical, but it is actually very clever and well-put together as to not be so boring and predictable.
The cool stop-motion film brought a happy and fun feeling to the end of the films, and left us feeling satisfied with the day of films.
2. Yonalure – Moment to Moment
This is one of the craziest but most beautiful things I had ever seen, and I hadn’t seen many of those.
Yonalure is about … well, it had many underlying messages but I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was about. It was based on a large moon, who could stand up and walk, and explore the city and places around it. Bizarre objects and angles were twisted around the screen, making you change perspective at any spare moment.
The moon-man was very tall, but seemed confused with the night and the world that surrounded him. As the movie progressed, he seemed more and more aware of the many things that were happening around him. The constantly changing world was becoming a playground to him – until the new day arrived.
The simple but amazing imagery in the animation and the ticking of time in the background, unheard but known, makes a fantastic and wonderful setting for Yonalure – the dreamlike film that has my thumbs up!
Julian. This is one of my favourite movies as it is a very intelligent take on one of Australia’s most recent and modern discussions.
Set in a 1981 classroom, with an impatient teacher and a very persistent bully, Julian uses ‘dobbing’ to make peace in the classroom and rid of the bully, but instead drives the teacher to a frustrated mood, and gets sent out of the classroom to see the principle.
While waiting for the boy before him to take his turn, he sees his friend being driven out of the office by an angry principle and is told by the boy some information which the principle would have liked to keep a close secret.
Julian is a very clever short film that has definitely won my good points, and I think it has been one of the most interesting and funny takes on modern events. It is a story of innocence turned into a fight of blackmail, but all humour at the same time.
So there you have it! The 2013 list of my favourite short clips. Many of the other films were amazing and cleverly-made as well. Unfortunately there were also a few that didn’t spark my enthusiasm though. The film ‘Memories’ could have been brilliant, but I found the storyline very typical and dull. Perhaps next time there could be another was of expressing break-up in another unexpected, amazing way!
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