Originally this post was going to be all about Parallel Lines, a project sponsored by Philips in order to shift a load of their new super-wide widescreen tellies, but which more interestingly showcases five short films by different directors given the same lines of dialogue but free reign to make whatever kind of film they liked.
The results weren't as exciting as I'd hoped; three of the films were so-so and one was an interesting experiment, but the other was so good it fully deserves inclusion on The Incredible Suit. You can see them all at the official website, but here's the tiptopular The Gift, directed by Carl Rinsch. Try and ignore the irritating TV-display gimmick, the only way Philips could shoehorn their product in:
I was all ready to bang on about how I predict this would be snapped up by a major studio and extended into a full feature in the style of District 9, but it turns out that's already happened. Rinsch's Small is intended as a direct follow-on from The Gift and might just be the best thing since sliced Christopher Johnson. Keep your peepers peeled.
The reason this post isn't all about the Parallel Lines project is because a few days after we were presented with The Gift, another, unrelated short hit the internets which was even better. It's called Pixels, it's directed by Patrick Jean and it's brilliant. Treat yourselves to some brightly-coloured, obscenely fruity eye-crack:
PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN.
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And don't say I never give you anything you haven't already seen (except you Mum).
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