This year’s Oscar winning live action short film, Curfew, has all the earmarks of 21st century media artistry: it was edited on a Macbook Pro by its director and star who is also the frontman for an indie band. Shawn Christensen also wrote its script; moreover, aspiring screenwriters are encouraged to check out this year’s highly lauded group of nominated shorts, which offer many lessons in screenwriting and directing, particularly Asad by Brian Buckley and Buzkashi Boys, directed by Sam French and written by Martin Roe.
In the documentary category, the winning movie, Inocente, directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It is a non-fiction portrait about a young girl’s powerful determination to continue to create art and never surrender to the intense challenges she faces in her life.
In the animated category, the winner was the Disney short Paperman, directed by John Kahrs and released along with Wreck-It Ralph. In this case, the most surprising aspect of the victory for this non-dialogue short created through a new in-house technology called Meander is that this is the first win for a Disney short in this category since 1969! That short was It’s Tough to be a Bird, directed by legendary animator Ward Kimball.