Thursday, March 28, 2019

Quantum 2

Bryson Sams as Miles Quantum is back!

You probably remember the post from the other day about the film Quantum, but just in case you don't... Quantum is a really really short film made by a group of maybe 12 year olds, maybe 13, one of them being this kid named Bryson Sams. The film is all about a lonely young superhero policing the loading dock area behind a nondescript business/warehouse, and while there, facing down an even younger looking super... villain, I think? The who, what, and why are not that clear. Like I said, the film's pretty quick, and light on story, but surprisingly, it didn't look that bad. In the end, it was a valiant effort that didn't really work out, but hey, at least they tried, right? Anyway, today's short film is the sequel to Quantum, and the second film in what looks to be a trilogy.

It's called Quantum 2: The Surge!

This is the synopsis: When Miles and Phil are given abilities by a Dangerous Figure, they must stop him before he can cause any harm.

A dangerous figure, you say?

Well, well, well... Gentlemen, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention...

So, this kind of explains why Quantum isn't mentioned at all over at IMDB, as Quantum 2: The Surge is obviously a kind of reboot/reimagining of the original attempt. This time around, there's actual dialogue, the production values are somewhat better, the special effects are more intense, and the credits are no longer almost the exact same length as the actual movie, so... lots of general improvement going on here. Plus, the pure dedication to coverage shots speaks of a real passion for film-making, so that's laudable.

Yes, the script is overwritten and kind of drags, and repeats itself too, a pretty notable achievement for a 15 minute short film, but still... it's a decent-ish first draft... for what it is. I wouldn't call it good by any stretch, but I like the passion and the drive behind this project, and the potential on display. I'll be interested in seeing more from this Sams kid in the future.

And the future is... Legacy!

So, here's the thing... as far as I can tell, the Quantum films were all produced by a place called TapeSlate Productions. They seem to be some kind of a For Hire Production House. Now, I don't want to just assume that it's owned by someone related to one of the young actors in these films, but their Youtube page is not only the Quantum films, but a half dozen or so other short films that--at least after an initial glance--all seem to star the same kids, and maybe a few of their older siblings... This isn't a bad thing, but I'm just saying... Anyway, I love that these kids seem to have an outlet for their film ideas, and that they're running with it, so good on them.

My point of bringing this up is that the Legacy short film seems to be about a bunch of the characters from all of the various TapeSlate short films, with the idea that they are being brought together to fight some Multiversal threat... probably more than one Dangerous Figure, I assume.

Do I love the fact that a bunch of pimple-popping AV nerds from some third ring suburb somewhere out in Middle-of-Nowheres-ville are making their own backyard version of the Avengers? Fuck yeah, I do! But am I concerned that this trailer was posted a year ago, and yet so far there seems to be no  sign of a full length version of the short film Legacy!?!? 

A little, yes, but I remain hopeful.

And ever watchful...


Tuesday, March 26, 2019


It's short film time again!

I watch a ton of these things. I don't know why. I guess I just appreciate the effort. Plus, I kind of feel like someone has to, y'know? It's like genre short stories... there isn't really a market for them anymore, there's very few places left that even buy and publish them, but people are still out there, writing them--myself included. I think this is mostly due to tradition. Short stories used to be the way you eventually ended up with a book deal, but that's not true anymore... mostly because nobody reads short stories anymore... just like nobody really watches genre short films anymore. So, like I said... somebody has to.

And today, that somebody is us, Dear Reader.

So, for today's short film, here's a couple of weird red flags right from the start... First off, I could only find one image for this short, and that's it. Secondly, weirdly, there's no listing for this short on IMDB at all. Nothing. Even stranger, there is a listing for the writer, director, and star of the film: Bryson Sams. The next strange part? Bryson looks like he's maybe 13? Maybe. Maybe younger. And the kid is prolific too. According to his IMDB, he's made a half dozen different short films. In fact, this one that we're about to watch, despite not being listed on IMDB at all, looks like it's actually the first entry in a superhero short film trilogy, although maybe the third one isn't out yet...

Whatever... I'm gonna watch all three of these.

Here's the summary: Miles Quantum lives alone, shutting out all family he knows. Broken by the event that took his parents away and the event that gave him his ability, Miles must overcome his past so he can stop others just like him. 

Let's do this...

Half of this film is credits. 

That's incredible. The actual film itself is three minutes and thirty-three seconds long, but with the credits, it's six minutes and twenty-one seconds long. I don't want to hack on what is obviously a child's efforts, but damn... that's ill-advised, I think...

So, I watched this short film before I knew a kid (and probably his parents) were behind it, and as a result, it has since moved up in my esteem somewhat. Yes, the script is sparse, if it exists at all, and it's nearly impossible to guess the specifics of the plot just from watching the film--not if you haven't read the synopsis first--and there's also no dialogue for some reason, even though there are some voice-overs that were very obviously added after the fact, but hey... the special effects were nice.

Good job, Bryson... keep it up.