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Shiny: Spencer Susser And Daniel Campos Deliver A Brilliant, Charming Stop Motion Short

What happens when the director of Hesher and I Love Sarah Jane teams up with acclaimed dancer Daniel 'Cloud' Campos? Shiny happens, a TropFest winning stop motion animated short film heavy both on the action and the charm. A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the midwest puts to rest a world thats obsessed with the priceless., also known as "the shiny".I don't know that I really want to say anything about it beyond that, just take a look below and experience it for yourself!...

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Shiny: Spencer Susser And Daniel Campos Deliver A Brilliant, Charming Stop Motion Short

What happens when the director of Hesher and I Love Sarah Jane teams up with acclaimed dancer Daniel 'Cloud' Campos? Shiny happens, a TropFest winning stop motion animated short film heavy both on the action and the charm. A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the midwest puts to rest a world thats obsessed with the priceless., also known as "the shiny".I don't know that I really want to say anything about it beyond that, just take a look below and experience it for yourself!...

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Spencer Susser on his Tropfest-winning Shiny

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Spencer Susser last night.

American filmmaker Spencer Susser has a long history in Australia.

He was camera operator on Nash Edgerton's shorts Lucky, Spider and Bear, and collaborated with David Michôd on I Love Sarah Jane, a zombie short starring a pre-Alice Mia Wasikowska, and on his feature debut, Hesher, starring Joseph Gorden-Levitt.

Since then he's directed an episode of the TV show Hemlock Grove, and made several shorts - one of which took out Tropfest's top prize last night.

Shiny is a brief (less than four minutes) stop-motion animation Susser made with fellow Los Angeleno Daniel 'Cloud' Campos, a former dancer who toured with Madonna and is, according to Susser, "quite a well known B-boy".

The pair met through a mutual friend, Australian director Michael Gracey, and discovered a shared "let's-go-make-stuff gene", said Susser.

"Originally Cloud and I had made a stop-motion commercial for a big cool company
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Votd: Spencer Susser’s Eugene Short Film

Votd: Spencer Susser’s Eugene Short Film
In 2008, I discovered a great short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). I was slightly disappointed by Susser’s feature directorial debut Hesher, which premiered at the 2010 Sundnace Film Festival. Since the festival, Susser has been trying […]

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Watch: Spencer Susser's Short 'Eugene' About a Wish-Granting Laptop

What would you wish for if you suddenly held in your hands a laptop that granted wishes? How far would you take it, and what would happen next? For those looking for a bit of Sunday fun to cheer them up, look no further than Eugene, a sponsored short film directed by Spencer Susser, the Aussie filmmaker who brought us that short I Love Sarah Jane years ago as well as the feature Hesher. Created for (and chosen as one of the winners of) a filmmaking competition held by Intel and W Hotels, Eugene is a humorous story of what happens when you give a lonely, bearded man too much power. It's fun and will leave you with a smile. From the description on Short of the Week: "A traveler in Washington DC gets a mysterious gift: a laptop that grants all his wishes. How will he wield his unexpected powers?
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The joy of short films: Sbs's Tropfest treats

Sbs's countdown to Tropfest highlights the best of short film ahead of the summer festival. Which are your favourites?

For Australian film fans, Tropfest is a summer essential that has long been celebrated with a picnic in Sydney's Domain – or other outdoor venues broadcasting around the country – while keeping a wary eye on summer storm clouds. So those with both sunbaked and sodden memories of battling the crowds and the elements to champion short films will surely join me in welcoming the launch of Tropfest TV. Launched on Sunday night, the next 12 weeks, SBS2 has the next 12 weeks sorted with weekly thematically linked selections of Tropfest shorts from home and away, including New Zealand, USA and the Middle East.

I can trace my love of short films back to Disney's 1952 classic Lambert the Sheepish Lion. I must have watched that eight-minute fable a thousand times as a child. These days,
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, which contains recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for The Secret Village, premiere details for Pain is Beautiful, an interview for Almost Human, and more:

The Secret Village Trailer: “Written by Jason B. Whittier and Kandan, The Secret Village follows Greg (Jonathan Bennett), an unsuccessful screenwriter and Rachel (Ali Faulkner), a spunky journalist, as they research an outbreak of mass hysteria and ergot poisoning in a small village. They rent a house together and start to uncover a secret that has affected this village for years. But the cult activity has been kept a secret by locals Joe (Stelio Savante) and Paul (Richard Riehle) and when Greg disappears, Rachel is left alone to unravel the mystery and save their lives. Kef Lee, Toby Gadison and Karin Duseva round out the cast.
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FEARnet to Premiere Over 30 Short Films During 2013

FEARnet.com is premiering over 30 genre-centric short films in 2013, treating viewers to an eclectic blend of festival favorites, international picks, rarely-seen gems, and more. New titles have already begun appearing on the site and will continue to be added every other week.

All of the short films can be viewed at FEARnet.com.

From the Press Release:

As part of its movement to original short-form programming, FEARnet is proud to introduce all-new episodes of the popular 30-Second Bunnies Theatre franchise, made exclusively for FEARnet by creator Jennifer Shiman—a horror enthusiast and work-from-home mom who began making these animated shorts in 2004, with her well-received re-imagining of The Exorcist. “I’m a huge horror fan, first and foremost,” said Shiman, who creates the shorts, herself, over the course of six weeks. “The Exorcist is one of my favorite horror movies, and I always had an interest in cartoons and animation. The
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Bunnies Attack FEARnet! Check Out Our 2013 Shorts Lineup

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Bunnies Attack FEARnet! Check Out Our 2013 Shorts Lineup
Today we rolled out a new installment of Jennifer Shiman's hilarious 30-Second Bunnies Theatre animated series, this one made exclusively for FEARnet.com. But that's just the beginning of what we've got lined up for you in 2013. Not only is Shiman producing several more episodes just for us, we've also got a massive lineup of over thirty new entries for our shorts collection, hailing from filmmakers all over the globe.

Shiman first began animating the Bunnies shorts in 2004 with a dead-on Exorcist parody, which became a runaway online hit and a horror fan favorite. “The Exorcist is one of my favorite horror movies,” she explains, “and I always had an interest in cartoons and animation. The idea of bunnies came about because I wanted to find a character that would lend itself to a short film synopsis.” The rest is viral video history, and now she's bringing her creations
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Sundance 2013 Exclusive: Poster for Blue-Tongue Films' The Captain Burns with Disorientation

If you're into short films, you need the Blue-Tongue Films collective in your life. Consisting of Nash Edgerton (The Square co-writer/director; stuntman pundit), Spencer Susser (Hesher writer/director), Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Animal Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty actor), Luke Doolan, Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here co-writer/director), David Michôd (Animal Kingdom writer/director), and Mirrah Foulkes, these folks have paved their way in the short film world with perhaps the most innovative films in the last decade. These guys are responsible for cult hits Spider, I Love Sarah Jane, Lucky, Bear, and a lot more. You can watch all of them over on their official website. Co-directors Nash and Spencer teamed up with Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark writer/director) for their latest short, The Captain. It's about a pilot...

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First Image From Nash Edgerton And Spencer Susser's The Captain

One of our most anticipated titles at Sundance 2013 is The Captain, the short film collaboration between directors Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser - who have made some of the most memorable short films in recent years: Lucky, Spider, Bear and I Love Sarah Jane.Like Nash did with Bear, in which he cast fellow director Warwick Thornton in a small but crucial role, not to mention his "Must Be Santa" music video for Bob Dylan, which had directors Glendyn Ivin and Luke Doolan prancing around a Christmas party, The Captain stars another director chum. This time Eagle vs Shark and Boy director Taika Waititi is the star of the show. Here's the synopsis:a man wakes up with a hangover, only to discover the consequences of...
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Six Short Films That Would Make Great Features

Short Rounds is a biweekly column dedicated to spreading the love of short film. Every other Wednesday we'll curate a number of flicks around a theme, from current film festivals to whatever is in the air. You know you've got the time. Tim Burton’s original Frankenweenie debuted in 1984, almost three decades ago. Now, all these years later, we get to see his new stop-motion take on the old film. Yet while the wait is extraordinary, the project isn’t. Shorts get adapted and expanded all the time, often to great success. District 9 comes to mind, or Bottle Rocket. Others are currently in the works, like Spencer Susser’s I Love Sarah Jane and Andres Muschietti’s Mamá. Some of these are more faithful than others. Frankenweenie...

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8 Great... Movies Based on Short Films

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Short films have long been a good calling card for filmmakers just starting out, and with exposure so much greater on the Internet for anything dazzling enough to go viral, Hollywood is taking even more notice than ever. And with our eyes on these films, too, they’re familiar titles and plots worth capitalizing on, so producers aren’t just interested in the directors but also the ideas themselves. This is why a bunch of recent shorts, including Pixels, The Gift and I Love Sarah Jane, are currently being adapted into features. Funny, then, that a short from 1984 is the basis for the new animated feature Frankenweenie. Tim Burton reached back nearly 30 years to his live-action film of the same name, which had at the time got him fired from Disney, and has remade it for...

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Sunday Shorts: ‘I Love Sarah Jane’

Short films are an often underappreciated art form. The ability to tell an effective story within “40 minutes or less”, as defined by the Academy, is certainly a talent, and can often be a medium for aspiring filmmakers to prove their chops and transition into feature length productions. The same principle holds true for aspiring actors as well, with many big screen stars honing their craft on smaller movies. Thus, every sunday, we will highlight one such film, to give our readers a look at how directors, writers, and actors perform with time limitations.


Today’s film is the 2008 short I Love Sarah Jane. Directed by Spencer Susser and co-written by Susser and David Michôd, the same team behind 2010′s Hesher, this short stars Jane Eyre star Mia Wasikowska as the titular Sarah Jane. A full length adaptation of the story is currently in production.

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BAMcinemaFest '12: Critic's Notebook

by Steve Dollar

Shorts—as in short films—have become a peculiar manifestation of film festival culture. Almost any festival you go to will have multiple shorts programs on the schedule. And guaranteed, the filmmaker you meet who wins the short-film prize will be back soon with something special, whether it's the guy who made Hesher (see the Down Under zombie mash note I Love Sarah Jane) or the guy who made Beasts of the Southern Wild (anticipated by Glory at Sea). I don't really know under what circumstances they are exhibited anywhere else outside the institutional/museum/repertory world. Nonetheless, YouTube and Vimeo appear to be terrific bounties for short-film surfing and many an auteur's DVD bonus features would be sorely lacking if they didn't include available and relevant short exercises that laid the groundwork for the masterpiece at hand.

Josh and Benny Safdie had the bright idea of
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Recommended Short: I Love Sarah Jane!

I was at a birthday party the other night, chit-chatting with old friends, catching up on movie talk when the subject of Hesher came up. (A flick I love, by the way.) My buddy Joe asked me if I’d ever seen the short film that Hesher director Spencer Susser made prior to his feature length debut back in 2008. A quick google search later, I tracked down the short on You Tube and thought it was pretty cool! Stylistically, I can tell this is the same director. If you have 15 minutes to spare, check out I Love Sarah Jane, a neat post apocalyptic ”love” story. With a zombie.

Short film written by Spencer Susser & David Michôd. Directed by Spencer Susser.

Cast: Brad Ashby, Mia Wasikowska, Vladimir Matrovic, Beau South, Peter Yacoub, Richard Mueck, Anton Enus.

Synopsis: Ah, young love. The air seems clearer. The sun seems brighter. There’s a spring in the step.
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Trailer for Sundance Opener Wish You Were Here!

Want to make something brilliant? Take actor and rising director Kieran Darcy-Smith and accomplished actor Felicity Price; add the producer for incredible award-winning short films Crossbow and I Love Sarah JaneAngie Fielder; add a dash of Blue Tongue Films genius (Animal Kingdom, The Square) then cast fast-rising actors Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. And stir. With all that talent you're bound to make something pretty amazing. Okay. Want to launch it directly into the indie film stratosphere? Premiere it at Sundance. Not just that; open the world dramatic competition at Sundance. Yeah, the section that your colleague David Michôd won two years ago with Animal Kingdom, before taking it straight into the heart of awards season and critics' best of year lists. You know, no pressure. That's exactly what director...
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Sundance 2012: Trailer for Aussie thriller Wish You Were Here

With the past few years seeing a huge resurgence in Australian cinema, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with how this looks. Considering the same productions companies behind The Square and the awesome zombie short I love Sarah Jane produced it, I was expecting something grittier. Even with Joel Edgerton starring, it looks like director Kieran Darcy-Smith's first feature is using the same polish Hollywood does.

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Exclusive: Spencer Susser Talks Hesher

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Exclusive: Spencer Susser Talks Hesher
Writer-director Spencer Susser discusses his feature debut Hesher, assembling this terrific ensemble cast, securing Metallica's music, future projects, and more.

Like many filmmakers trying to break through in Hollywood, writer-director Spencer Susser began his career by making short films. Like many excellent filmmakers, those short films became long films, and Spencer Susser made his feature directorial debut with the fantastic indie Hesher, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13. Hesher is still one of my favorite movies of the year thus far, centering around a grieving, broken family (Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie) whose lives are given a bizarre jolt when a mysterious long-haired rocker named Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) makes his way into their lives... and their garage. I recently had the chance to speak with director Spencer Susser (who co-wrote the script with Animal Kingdom writer-director David Mich&#244d) over the phone to discuss his directorial debut.
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