Star Wars: Rebels is a computer animated series set five years before Episode 4: A New Hope. It is a time of strife and insurgency, as the rebel alliance is taking form in the heat of the Galactic Empire‘s ever-growing strength. Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman are executive producers on the project. According to Kinberg, it’s chock full of brand new characters introduced to the canon storyline, and will also feature a few familiar faces. The first season should run about 16 episodes and in promoting the new show, Lucasfilm Ltd. has released this 3-minute short entitled ‘The Machine In The Ghost.’ (more…)
Check any “I’m still waiting for this, Science” meme and 99% of the time you’ll see that iconic Hoverboard that saved Marty McFly’s ass throughout the Back to the Future franchise. Everybody wanted one, even those of us that can’t stop falling off regular skateboards and busting our asses on hard concrete.
Director Sydney Freeland has taken that dream and made a short film to celebrate the desire that all Back to the Future fans hold dear to their heart, to hover on their very own Hoverboard. The short is part of the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival and after watching the short you can go vote for it on the PBS site as well as check out the other entries.
Want to break into the movie business? One avenue open to all is to produce a short film, post it to the Internet, and attract viewers. Once the masses tune in, the powers behind the scenes in Hollywood will most likely come knocking on your door. If your short is really good, expect it to be more like a pool of circling sharks.
Stephan Zlotescu put together a short film called True Skin, which is now in the planning stages to be developed into a feature film. Warner Brosthers picked up the rights and attached Zlotescu to direct. If Zlotescu can translate that short into a profitable film then he could see many other directing opportunities come his way.
True Skin synopsis below:
“True Skin” is a sci-fi short set in the not too distant future where augmentation is the way of life. For Kaye, still a natural, augmenting will help him keep pace in this now hyper-paced world. However, after acquiring an off-market prototype, Kaye quickly finds himself fighting not only for his own humanity, but something much larger.
Super Best Friends Forever has easily been the most eagerly anticipated of DC Nation‘s shorts. This has a little to do with it being from the creative mind of Lauren Faust, the lady responsible for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as well as being a part of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and The Powerpuff Girls. So, it’s safe to say she knows what makes an awesome ‘toon.
Faust is bringing us Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl like we’ve never seen them before, as the teenagers they’re meant to be! She’s described Super Best Friends Forever as, “taking a teenage experience but putting a super-hero spin on it,” and this clip shows just that.
How fun does Supergirl sound to hang out with? She’s obviously the cool trouble-maker and Wonder Girl’s the stuffy one who plays by the rules. And Batgirl, well, she doesn’t get much exposure here but Faust has described her before as the ultimate fangirl.
Here’s hoping these shorts inspire DC and Cartoon Network to order a full series!
Super Best Friends Forever airs this Saturday morning, during DC Nation.
Source: Comics Alliance
When it comes to DC and their cartoons most people will always sing the praise of those properties considered part of the DC Animated Universe, or Timmverse after the style of Bruce Timm. This is the world which began with Batman the Animated Series and continued through, and ended, with Justice League Unlimited. It’s also where voice actors Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tim Daly, etc. got their start voicing their iconic, comic book alter egos.
But what of those toons not part of the illustrious DCAU? There have been a few duds, The Batman comes to mind, but there have been hits, too. Recently Batman: The Brave and The Bold brought a fresh and campy spin to the Dark Knight, and of course there was the anime-inspired Teen Titans which introduced a bunch of new character to fans, young and old.
Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven are back in an all new series of shorts that will air on Cartoon Network‘s networks new Saturday morning block, DC Nation. Watch a clip below,
I love it! The original voice actors are back and these new, chibi designs are adorable.
DC Nation premieres March 3rd at 10am on Cartoon Network.
Every film festival in the world uses a “bumper” before each screening, kind of like a mini-short film to warm up an audience before the actual movie. At SXSW their bumpers lean towards the pop culture side of the film world, after all SXSW is the largest film festival next to Sundance, the largest in Texas. Some films come and go, a few making millions months later, but the shorts are what can really grab a person’s attention and superglue their ass to their seat. These SXSW bumpers are now online. In between all the mini-films and shorts however was an unlikely updated tale of Nintendo‘s suspenders wearing , princess saving, moustache caring badass Super Mario.
Let’s a go
Simply titled ‘Mario’ this is the secret star of SXSW. Forget all those million dollar projects you’ve been hearing about this here is the cake. Giving the world an updated glimpse of Mario, Peach, even a human Bowser (aka: Yuppie Prick), this independently filmed marvel is awesome. Most people would have Mario as an ever cheerful guy [Spoiler: Mario does drugs]. See how many game references you can get in the best 2 minutes of your whole day.
This needs to be optioned as a full-length feature film right now. Even if it goes straight to DVD, it needs to be done.
Check out all the SXSW 2011 bumpers at the SXSW youtube page