UCF Film is dedicated to strong narratives and engaging stories. That's why we call our annual DVD compilation FIVE STORIES. Films featured on this disc–chosen from the more than 100 projects completed each year by our students–not only showcase a maturity in the technical aspects of filmmaking but also a sophistication of storytelling we believe is among the best of the nation's film programs.
Five Stories is sent out each year to a wide range of local and national industry professionals. Industry members can request a copy by sending an e-mail that includes their professional affiliations. The disc also provides valuable exposure for our students as UCF FILM actively markets it to film festivals around the country.
A dying father makes some unusual last requests.
All That Remains is the ultimate misuse of the Make a Wish Foundation. In the original concept of the film, I wanted the story to be centered around two brothers fighting for their father's inheritance. I thought it was a funny concept to have tw brothers pitching to their father on a deathbed the reasons why each should receive all the money in the pot. From there, the story spun itself into this web of greed, jealousy, and infidelity.
Each character has a specific want that they are going after. For Phyllis Knickerbacker: it's money; she's been clinging to the marriage for the estate and the summer home in the Hamptons. For Hugo Knickerbacker: it's understanding; why is Elliot dad's favorite son? For Wesley Knickerbacker: it's revenge to those who have tried to hurt him, and reparations to those who have loved him. For Elliot Knickerbacker: it's nothing; he merely loves his father and has a special relationship with him.
I wanted to experiment with absurd language and situations while trying to create characters that possess the common-day hypocrisies and problems of any dysfunctional family. I also wanted to show that mortality does not always have to be bleak. In this case it's comical and irreverently vengeful. There's nothing I enjoy more than working with incredible actors. They bring ideas and wonder into my characters and allow me to see new ways of looking at the human condition.
Meet Toby, a pink panda bear available for download on your desktop. He’ll tell you jokes, he’ll tell you factoids, he’ll even make you fall in love. But for shy, sensitive, Steven, Toby will investigate a journey through the edge of sanity, to the brink of reality.
The theme of intimacy is one I keep revisiting with almost every film I make, as I feel that everyone in some way or another is looking for it. In our lonely hero Steven’s case, intimacy is as vital as oxygen. Thus, it makes sense that the creature least likely to seduce, manipulate, and destroy him would be a pink panda with a soft cuddly voice. But then again, looks can be very deceiving.
The most important aspect in the making of this film was always in keeping the comedy grounded in the characters, so that the events that occur in the world created feel necessary and believable. There is a tendency to laugh off a comedy film as something trivial, as if only “real” films deal with real issues. Despite the fact that this film deals with a fragile man falling in love with a pink, animated panda on his computer, the story never pokes fun at itself, and the characters never wink at the fourth wall. My goal was to make a “real” film about relationships, dealing with fear, faith, intimacy, betrayal, rage, and forgiveness. It just happened to star an animated bear.
This is indeed the first film I have ever made that I have nothing to apologize for, as everything from performances, cinematography, animation, and tone materialized just how I had intended. For once, I have no excuses if the film doesn’t work, because everything on screen is my own artistic sensibilities manifested, with the help of an incredible cast and crew.
As for the rumor that this film is based on personal experience, well… No comment.
Love is Deaf is an impossible love story about two broken hearts separated by language but brought together by their otherness.
I first got into the ideas of French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the wake of September 11, 2001. In such a destructive world, his idea of deconstruction seemed to offer a hopeful way out. For Derrida, language poses both an impossible barrier and an invitation of boundless possibility to those who dare to tear it apart. It is in memorial of his recent passing that I offer this humble attempt at a post-modern deconstructionist romance, about a man and a woman bound and separated by language.
The quiet life of Mr. Malikai turns far too loud when an unexpected aeroplane won’t leave him alone
My main goal with any film is to share a unique world that stems from my imagination. This film is a blend of personal quirks, whimsical moments, and a considerable amount of absurdity. I decided to shoot on Super 8 film that utilizes the empty space where the sound strip once was allowing for a wider image.
Finally, for those wondering, no stock footage was used in Mr. Malikai. All images in the film were shot specifically for this film.
They have spent every moment of their lives together but have never looked into each other’s eyes.
I did some research on human phenomenoms and I stumbled upon some articles on conjoined twins. I thought about how fascinating it would be to live every second of your life with another person and not know what it is to be completely alone. Imagine spending the most intimate and personal moments with someone by your side, yet you’ve never looked them in the eyes.
I wanted to make a subtle film about a relationship between two people who connect at a metaphysical level. I wanted to make a film that had blues, pinks, extreme close-ups, closed eyes, rain, silhouettes, silence, slight anticipation, whites, blacks, ambiguity, and magic.