With the MASSIVE announcement of Optus‘ Connect5 competition launching this week, your mind is probably already reeling with film ideas and one underlying message: just 5 minutes of footage for the chance to win up to USD $30k!
This crazy awesome experience is open to everyone – even those who can only film on a phone. But it’s important to remember that short films are very different to regular films. You may have some pretty grand ideas (centred around the competition theme of ‘connecting lives’, of course) but squishing your own version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy into just five minutes may need rethinking.
So, in order to be the best, let’s get some inspiration from the best! Here are five amazing short films to get the ideas rolling and the creativity flowing.
There’s nothing quite like a good love story, especially one that beats all odds and is animated by Walt Disney Animation Studios (the emotional puppeteers of my heart). Airing before the full length feature Wreck it Ralph, the short film is just over five minutes but still packs a powerful punch right to the feels. The film follows a lonely young man on his way to work who runs into a beautiful young woman at the train station. Fate brings the two together again when the young man spots the woman from a skyscraper and he constructs countless paper planes to catch her attention. This is such a simple and sweet story, you’d have to be made of stone not to love it. With a perfect combination of beautiful animation, true love and comedy, it’s no surprise this short took home an Oscar.
This old school two minute short proves that you don’t need tech to create a classic. Made in 1986 (aka the dark ages) the short gives the audience a bit more insight into the classic Pixar mascot. Although in the two minutes the short really only shows a lamp watch a tinier lamp play with a ball, it’s so goddamn cute! Never have I wanted to cuddle a lamp more. Even though the animation is so old, this short has stood the test of time because it doesn’t rely on flash effects, it’s all original and engaging content.
If this short film wasn’t the epitome of your childhood then what the hell were you doing at age five? Playing before Bug’s Life, this short is as clever as it is funny. Centered around the game of chess, elderly man Geri versus his greatest opponent: himself. This one absolutely blew my mind as a child, and it’s still as cheeky today.
Breaking away from the more lighthearted shorts on this list is undoubtedly one of the creepiest things I have ever seen, crammed into an intense 14 minutes: The iMom. The film explores what happens