Short of the Week

Electroshock

Buck can slow time to a crawl—How will he use his new power?—To impress a girl, of course. A slick 3D animation from France’s ESMA school.

Meet Buck. Buck is the town’s simple electrician with a bumbling crush on the ever so gorgeous Mady. Buck notices Mady. Mady doesn’t notice Buck—classic. But, after a freak electrical accident, Buck is gifted with the power to slow time down… way down. What ever will Buck do with his newfound power to slow down time? Why, finally win the attention of his dream girl Mady, of course! And, like any love-hungry protagonist, Buck logically deputizes himself to be the hero that Mady so desperately wants in her life. Buck whips up a superhero costume with questionable electrical nodes to accommodate his newfound powers. From here, Buck tirelessly tries to help everyone in distress hoping to finally grab the attention of his dream girl. Unfortunately, as it happens with time-welding powers, his original plan continues to endearingly fall short.

While at Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques, Hugo Jackson, Pascal Chandelier, Valentin Michel, Bastien Mortelecque, and Elliot Maren bring us this stunning, crisp, and fun animation. The details in the film are impressive down to each pixel and it even receives bonus points for having an animation within the animation. With the quality of this short, Electroshock could easily stand its ground with a number of shorts by, say, Pixar. This is amazing considering that Electroshock was completed as part of a student program. Even with a few nods to the traditional comic book formula, Electroshock adds its own twists to the classic story. Yes, it’s in French, but this short has me wondering how much more motivated I would be to learn a language if all the learning material utilized entertaining animations like this one.

 

 

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Craig has been addicted to shorts for a long time. It began when he pulled the trigger on a Super 8 camera and accidentally became a filmmaker. Now, when he isn't teaching or filming in areas prone to digestive disasters, you can find him at film fests looking for shorts for Couch Fest Films. Interventions failed to correct his obsession with stalking all genres of short films.
  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen

    As much as I love action-driven animated shorts like OKTAPODI and PIVOT, it’s exciting to see more dialogue-driven animated shorts like this coming from the ESMA—it gives a filmmaker a lot more breadth. Great choice, Craig.

  • Yayasama5

    I enjoyed this one too…funny and sweet and boy, did she realize heroes just ain’t what they make themselves out to be. Too funny.

  • Craig

    Totally!  Gives us mere mortals a better chance, right?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasondhi Jason Sondhi

    I chuckled a bit when you opened the review with “Meet Buck”.

  • http://www.andrewsallen.com Andrew S Allen
  • Anonymous

    Agreed!  Even with all the clever details in the animation, I still giggle every time I hear Buck making fun of the sherif.  Yes, it was great that when this team created this tight animation they didn’t slack on the dialogue.  Though, I’m curious…how did you feel about the female character Mady?

  • Anonymous

    I’ll let my ghost writer know that you liked the intro.  Hee hee!  I mean, thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll let my ghost writer know that you liked the intro.  Hee hee!  I mean, thanks.

  • koray

    enjoying work,one of good ones

  • Blake Toraya

    Hi i thought this was amazing i was wondering what is the name of the song that plays in the credits ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cory.gaskins Cory Lance Gunz Gaskins

    I thought this was pretty abysmal :S Nothing original here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cory.gaskins Cory Lance Gunz Gaskins

    I thought this was pretty abysmal :S Nothing original here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.downing.hey Craig Downing

    Sad to hear that. While the story is a little familiar, I thought for basically a student film the animation was seamlessly pro. What have you seen online that you liked?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cory.gaskins Cory Lance Gunz Gaskins

    Thanks for your reply. I just hated this short. I agree that the animation itself evokes The Incredibles but that is also the problem. The stories are so hackneyed and the ending was abysmal. That being said, I really enjoyed the Division of Gravity you picked. Thanks a lot for picking that great short. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the Solipsist, I love Sarah Jane, and countless other shorts no here. One is boud to come across some pieces they don’t enjoy sooner or later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.downing.hey Craig Downing

    Yes, I totally agree. The story did follow a familiar story line. I was distracted by the animation :) It’s funny that you liked Division of Gravity as normally I don’t like dramas. Indeed it is really a great short but it was a fun challenge for me to write about it as it was quite different than the others that come down the pipeline that I enjoy. And, Solipsist is stunning. What did you think of his new piece for Bjork’s music video?

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.downing.hey Craig Downing

    Yes, I totally agree. The story did follow a familiar story line. I was distracted by the animation :) It’s funny that you liked Division of Gravity as normally I don’t like dramas. Indeed it is really a great short but it was a fun challenge for me to write about it as it was quite different than the others that come down the pipeline that I enjoy. And, Solipsist is stunning. What did you think of his new piece for Bjork’s music video?

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.downing.hey Craig Downing

    Yes, I totally agree. The story did follow a familiar story line. I was distracted by the animation :) It’s funny that you liked Division of Gravity as normally I don’t like dramas. Indeed it is really a great short but it was a fun challenge for me to write about it as it was quite different than the others that come down the pipeline that I enjoy. And, Solipsist is stunning. What did you think of his new piece for Bjork’s music video?

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.downing.hey Craig Downing

    Yes, I totally agree. The story did follow a familiar story line. I was distracted by the animation :) It’s funny that you liked Division of Gravity as normally I don’t like dramas. Indeed it is really a great short but it was a fun challenge for me to write about it as it was quite different than the others that come down the pipeline that I enjoy. And, Solipsist is stunning. What did you think of his new piece for Bjork’s music video?