Five gothic short films you should not miss
Short films are generally considered motion pictures that run for forty minutes or less, there are many different genres and many awards given out to the short film makers that spend so much of their time creating at times simply breathtaking art and often mind-blowing stories.
Gothic short films are by far my favourite genre of this art form, with their ability to romance and horrify, these stories dance at the edge of the darkness often making what small light there is, shine even brighter.
This hub is a quick list of my personal favourites and I had a hard time choosing which ones to include here , I do hope you enjoy them as I have tried to keep them varied and no longer then 6 minutes each.
So please go make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and sit back and let these great Gothic stories entertain you for awhile
The Colors Of Evil
Is a wonderful and bizarrely sweet film, in which young Vivian struggles to deal with an obnoxious bully on her school bus. Her method of finally ridding herself of this bully and gaining the vengeance that she so craves is sure to leave you smiling.
Created by Phillip Simon and Alyse Miller while studying at Ringling College of Art and Design, it has won itself a great deal of attention not only for the clever script but also for the beautiful art work and design of their entire project .
On his blog Phil In The Blanks, Phillip is quick to point out that they did have a lot of help with the production of this short animated film, from both his professor and professional artists visiting from Dreamworks and Sony imageworks .
So sit back and enjoy this short for the true work of art that it is…
The Colors of Evil
This marvelous short Gothic film depicts the story Of Vincent Malloy, a young boy who’s idolization of Vincent Price and Edgar Allen Poe takes him down a strange path as he slowly loses touch with reality and indeed becomes more then he is.
First written as a poem by Tim Burton who originally thought to use it as a book for children, but was soon convinced by two Disney executive’s (Julie Hickson and Tom Wilhite) instead to make a film adaptation of the poem with a budget of $60,000.
Working with animators and professions Burton was able to create a stark film, much like the early German expressionist films of the 1920s, in which Vincent Malloys decent into his own madness is captured beautifully.
Narrated by Vincent Price himself ( a childhood hero of Tim Burtons) this is a true classic in the making. But Disney didn't necessarily know what they had or what to do with it, so while it garnished its fair share of acclaim and awards, it has been left as an add on to many of his DVDs collections.
But thanks to youtube and other such sites we can all share the love that is Tim Burtons Vincent.
P.S for all you Tim Burton fans out there, watch out for the cameo appearances that occur in this short Gothic film, an early form of Jack Skellington can be made out at least twice …
Vincent... by Tim Burton
Dia De Los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos translates simply as the day of the dead, which is a Mexican holiday. In this sweet animation a young girl learns what the true meaning of the holiday is and how that can lead her to a happier future.
Although not “Gothic” I have included it in as it is a beautiful way to embrace the idea of death and how that effects those of us still living.
This film was also made by students at Ringling College of Art and Design Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds and Lindsey St Pierre and went on to be the student academy award gold medal winner of 2013 .
So sit back and let these students show you how good a short gothic film can be…
Dia de los Muertos.
created in 2008 for a second year project at the ULCA Animation Workshop by student Joaquin Baldwin, this charming little film tells the story of a small voodoo doll doing the best he can to save his friends, it will have you thinking about Voodoo dolls in a way I am sure you never have before. (I know it did for me)
Sebastian’s Voodoo was Joaquin second short film, a wonderfully crafted story that has earned itself over 29 awards from 30 nominations, which is not bad for a 4 minute film.
Do yourself a favour and check it out today and see why this rising artist is now working with Disney on such projects as Wreck it Ralph and Frozen…
Behind Closed Doors- A Short Gothic Film
Is an artistic short film about a boy learning to embrace some fears to be able to conquer others. Written and produced by British artist and independent film maker Jonathon Button, this dark film is quite worth the 6 minutes that it takes to share its story with you.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
Behind Closed Doors
Now I know your thinking.... didn't the title say Five Gothic movies that you shouldn't miss, and here is yet another?
I wasn’t going to include this next one which is based on Mark Twain’s “Mysterious Stranger” for a couple of reasons, first it is a clip from a much larger movie so technically not a short film and second well there are so many good movies to showcase here that I didn't want to crowd them out.
But as you can clearly tell I couldn't finish this hub without adding the following clip. This movie was originally made for children but it didn't take long for the censors to ban it when it was first released. But bless youtube for here it is for us to enjoy today…