Shorts on Tap continued again last night. The event that brings together film makers and film lovers to celebrate a collection of shorts. For this gathering, Rocket Science Choice, the films all had a science-fiction theme with Zombies, Aliens and viral outbreaks all present. Audiences were treated to four new shorts with three of last month's event best.
Exile followed next by Zac Moss. A film that follows a survivor in a post apocalyptic world. With the scenes of a ravaged city displayed in vibrant black and white. We follow this one man as he's informed he cannot be rescued immediatly and comes face to face with the thing that has caused such carnage.
Moss also said a few words on his short. The film that follows the trend of zombie apocalypse narratives was inspired partially by Darren Arranofsky's Pie. In particular the choice to film In Black and white. The director admired Arranofsky's mood and tone and tried to recreate this in his film.
The Departure, by Ioannis Christoforou, was the shortest film of the show at one minute twenty five seconds. In its short running time the pieces hinted at a potential alien encounter and humans interact with large, strange ships. A strange film that suggests a very different future.
With the four new shorts done the three best from last mouth begin. First up is Lux by Chris Chung. A film that displays a man and women doing an unsuspecting process while out under the night sky.
The writer, director got up to speak about his work. The film was funded through kickstarter as well as a lot of big favours. The most striking thing about the piece is by far the brilliant night sky. The director tells that the piece was actually shot in the day and night sky digitally created and the added later.
Possible the funniest short of the evening was The Last Man on Earth by Carlo Ortu. The lone survivor leaves behind a record of his final moments before ending his solitary existence. He says his piece, takes his poison before something very unexpected happens. Short but very ironic.
Then finally the night was brought to a close with The Gate by Matt Westrup. A film that follows mysterious events of humans experiencing seizures and rapid mutation before sudden death. As a range of experts comment on the potentially dangerous epidemic we see just what effects this has on its victims.
With more cases being reported the only link between the victims seems to be their rare blood type. As these mutants keep turning then dying finally the link is discovered that all had purchased a drug from an online source. Despite the link found and the website shut down the films end warns us about the dangers of online pharmaceutical sites. Possibly the most moral tale of the evening it boosts some impressive visuals with mutated beasts and city scape.
For industry folk or lovers of film alike Shorts on Tap is a great evening of entertainment. Showcasing the wide range of film talent working today, it is a great resource for budding film makers.
Next event will be Enermy At The Gates on October 2nd at Cafe 1001; A night of shorts with a war theme.