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Academy Awards: Focus on Shorts

Feb 20 2012 by Brendan Shick 2 Other Takes

As the Oscars draw near, I want to briefly direct your attention toward what are often the most undervalued categories: the shorts.

When you fill out your Oscar ballot in a week, you’ll probably consider them a nuisance. You want to impress your friends by marking all the right picks, but you haven’t heard of any of the shorts, let alone seen them.

However, the category that causes you so much frustration at home is huge for the filmmakers. These shorts may have made it big on the festival circuit, but they don’t get national or worldwide theatrical releases like most of the nominees from other categories.

When a film is even nominated for Best Live Action, Animated, or Documentary Short, it’s the biggest break in terms of marketing and exposure that the filmmakers can hope for, and, in the case of the following shorts, it scored them a link or two in this blog.

Favorite Past Winner: “West Bank Story” (2005)

"West Bank Story" (2005) Poster

If you haven’t already seen it, take a look (Google video link) at one of my favorite past winners, Ari Sandel’s “West Bank Story” (2005).

The following summary from the short’s official site contains spoilers:

West Bank Story is a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier – an unlikely couple who fall in love amidst the animosity of their families’ dueling falafel stands in the West Bank.

Tensions mount when the Kosher King’s new pastry machine juts onto Hummus Hut property. The Palestinians ruin the machine and the Israelis respond by building a wall between the two eating establishments.

The couple professes their love for each other, triggering a chain of events that destroys both restaurants and forces all to find common ground in an effort to rebuild, planting a seed of hope.

An obvious parody of West Side Story (1961), this short has to be one of my favorite musicals of all time. The choreography, art direction, and camera work are impressive.

This Year in Academy Nominated Shorts…

Here are this year’s nominees:

Live Action Short

Documentary Short

Animated Short

Brendan Shick

Brendan Shick is a freelance DP, gaffer, and sports broadcaster serving primarily the Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Fort Wayne, IN, regions. You can find out more by following this blog, his recent work on Vimeo, or by connecting with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Brendan is also an occasional contributor to the Project Updates feed for one of his most recent films, To Turn Back Time.

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2 Other Takes

  1. Grace says:

    This is cool!

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