Tuesday, August 1, 2017


This short film is called HYBRIDS.

So, apparently, Patrick Kalyn is like seemingly every other Genre Short Film Creator out there, when he's not Writing and Directing his own short film projects, he's working in the Visual Effects Department of some pretty well known big studio sci-fi/fantasy films. Which is pretty impressive. Also, much like seemingly every other Genre Short Film Creator out there... I have never heard of him, nor have I ever seen any of his work.

It's tradition, I guess...

Since I can't really tell you too much else, here's the synopsis: In a deserted urban battleground, a vengeful military woman hunts alien creatures.

Yep. That's it. One sentence. This may have been a mistake.

Let's watch.

Well, at least the synopsis wasn't lying.

This film was a mess, nothing but a lot of overly-familiar tropes all kind of awkwardly bundled together. Even worse, the main character's back story was a mix of strangely paced cliche and cheap sentimentality, all of which took up way too much time, and was really... it was just odd, and made no sense, even with all of that "Key" nonsense they briefly jabbered on about. And while CGI fight choreography is obviously not their forte at all, the really weird editing choices in the second fight only ended up highlighting this inability to an embarrassing degree.

But all of that was just regular mediocre genre short film stuff, your basic run-of-the-mill d-tier sci-fi overly-used trope nonsense. The real out-of-left-field oddball bits in this short film came next. The hologram booby trap atop the skyscraper? The weird "join the fight" voice-over? The concept art? The zero context Spider Tank ending? I mean, none of it looks bad or anything, but there's no connective tissue. It's just this random mish-mash of kind of related stuff sloppily tacked on at the back end of the film, and that is what ended up highlighting the real purpose of this short film.

We're looking at an example of the dreaded "proof of concept" short film, people.

Good or bad, well-executed or not, these things are actually the worst. They act like they're short films, but really they're just half-ass pitches, a weird hybrid existing somewhere between trailer and clip montage. They're usually vague and open-ended. There's no story, there's no characters, and no arc, because everything is meant to sell an idea to Money Men and Studio Execs.

I don't think anyone bought this one.


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