We reported back in January and July of 2010 on Impulse, a pre-apocalyptic short film starring Chris Masterson (Francis) as the protagonist, David. After making its debut at the LA Shorts Fest in July 2010, the short is now available for download on iTunes.
Today iTunes® releases “Impulse”, a short film about the end of the world starring Chris Masterson from FOX’s hit show “Malcolm in the Middle”. The film, which is downloadable for $1.99, follows a man who sets off on a perilous journey with only 30 minutes before the end of the world.
“Impulse” debuted at the LA Shorts Fest before a panel of judges headed by producer Paula Wagner (“War of the Worlds”, “Mission: Impossible III”). The film was later invited to the Sofia Independent Film Festival in Bulgaria for its international premiere, where it played alongside an exclusive selection of films including the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” and the Oscar®-winning films “The New Tenants” and Best Picture Winner “The Hurt Locker”.
“Impulse” is simultaneously airing on video-on-demand and ShortsHD, a channel which was recently launched to 40 million homes worldwide on DirecTV. ShortsHD is also available on Dish Network and AT&T U-verse. Programming schedules are available at www.shorts.tv.
Young filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, who are currently writing and directing a scripted pilot for MTV, directed the large-scale production in their home state of Iowa. Production was rounded out with services by world-class companies Skywalker Sound and Company 3. Beck & Woods’ banner Bluebox Limited Films produced the film, alongside Christy Sullivan and Darren Brandl, who most recently produced “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez” with Academy Award-winner Ernest Borgnine (“The Wild Bunch”, “Marty”).
It bills itself as “a thriller in which deadly events unfold as a man races to his final and most significant act”, but more specific details on the plot are still not clear — it seems likely the full ‘reveal’ of the plot is being avoided until the premiere takes place. Chris plays the lead character David in the short film.
LA SHORTS FEST PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW THRILLER STARRING CHRIS MASTERSON
FOX Series Regular Stars in a New Short by MTV Award-Winning Filmmakers.
LOS ANGELES -– July 20, 2010 –- LA Shorts Fest hosts the world premiere of Impulse starring Chris Masterson, best known from FOX’s hit show Malcolm in the Middle. The film, directed by emerging filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, is a thriller in which deadly events unfold as a man races to his final and most significant act.
Scott Beck & Bryan Woods have been writing, directing, and producing films under their production company banner Bluebox Limited Films since 1996. To date, they have produced 5 feature-length films and 14 shorts. Impulse was co-produced with frequent collaborator Christy Sullivan and executive Darren Brandl. Post production services were completed at top entertainment post-houses such as The Village Recorder (WALL·E, Walk the Line), Company 3 (Transformers 2, Star Trek), and George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound (Avatar, Toy Story 3). The filmmakers, who recently secured a development deal with MTV, are making their debut LA Shorts Fest appearance.
The screening will take place on July 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90068. LA Shorts Fest honors those individuals who have achieved excellence in short films. As the largest short film festival in the world, the event has become the industry standard for showcasing and awarding undiscovered talent. This year the LA Shorts Fest boasts an incredible line up including a jury headed by producer Paula Wagner (Vanilla Sky, War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible III), 5 films by Ridley Scott Associates, and shorts starring top talents such as Will Ferrell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly, Christina Ricci, and Keira Knightley. Many of these performers, as well as Impulse’s lead actor Chris Masterson, will walk the red carpet at the opening event this Thursday, July 22, 2010. As officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, award-winning films are eligible to compete for an Oscar nomination. In the past, 33 films have received Oscar nominations with 11 winning the coveted Oscar statue.
About Bluebox Limited Films
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About LA Shorts Fest
More information about the LA Shorts Fest can be found at lashortsfest.com.
Last night, I had the privilege to speak with some of principle members of the talented team behind this new short, Impulse a film we’re so looking forward to seeing on Thursday the 29th at the closing of the 2010 LA Shorts International Film Festival (seems they are saving the best for last…)
So, the thing about film festivals the process is a long road and … you can’t share clips until after the festival… and if you are in lots of festivals, well, it will be a long time before a clip is out there. With that said, the producers of the film have given us some cool stills to share with you – a behind the scenes look. If you’re in Los Angeles or a city where this film will be screened, you should check it out. Here’s where to buy tickets for the LA Shorts Film Festival going on this week.
ABOUT THE FILM: Impulse
When deadly events unfold around a small town, a man and his guitar race through the community fighting to stay alive. His perilous journey amidst death and destruction brings him to his final and most significant act.
(Yeah… no spoilers here but I love this type of genre… I live on thrillers, good bad or indifferent, I like to figure out what, where and why and I’m excited to see this one… and not just because of the leading man.)
Now, we’re also fans of FOX’s hit TV show Malcolm in the Middle, and this film has Chris Masterson starring as the lead. If you’re looking for an exciting suspense thriller then come out to the world premiere of Impulse on the closing night of the LA Shorts Fest, July 29th. Of course, you won’t see it anywhere until it runs the film festival circuit through 2011. So, if you have a film festival coming to your city, come out and support these shorts – you could see 5-6 different films in one night, fresh and creative!
Just because a film is a short form production, it doesn’t mean there is any less quality involved in the script, or the final product. Think about it, you don’t have 90 minutes Now here’s some more info about this film…
Making the Film: Impulse
Unusual for a short film, Impulse boasts post-production services from such top-industry companies as Skywalker Sound and Company 3.
Meet the Talent: Writers, Directors, Producers, Actors
Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (Directors / Writers / Producers) are two young filmmakers from Bettendorf, Iowa who now work in Los Angeles. Beck & Woods have been writing, directing, and producing films since 1996. To date, they have produced 5 feature-length films, 14 shorts, and recently secured a development deal with MTV Films, a full movie label of the Paramount Motion Pictures Group.
Directors of ImpulseDarren Brandl (Producer) has over twenty films and 30 awards to his credit, including a regional Student Oscar nomination. Brandl held the position of VP of Acquisitions for The Hirsch Company, where he worked with over 100 film companies at the Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes Film Festival, and the American Film Market. He currently serves as Director of Development for Silver Lion Films (Man On Fire, Club Dread) in Los Angeles.
Christy Sullivan (Producer) has produced several projects with Bluebox Limited Films, including University Heights, which resulted in a development deal with MTV Films. Sullivan also remains in charge of Marketing & Office Leasing at Los Angeles Center Studios, where she has facilitated deals with ABC, CBS, FOX, DreamWorks, Lionsgate and other major studios.
Chris Masterson (Lead Actor)
Made for Each Other (2009)
The Art of Travel (2008)
Malcolm in the Middle (150 episodes, 2000-2006)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Cutthroat Island (1995)
Here are more of what we see at the end of the film as credits – but as you can see… this film has some star power behind it in the production of the final version that was submitted to the film festivals.
Post-Production Sound Services: Skywalker Sound (Avatar, Toy Story 3)
Digital Intermediate: Company 3 (Transformers 2, Star Trek)
Visual Effects: Quest Pictures
Score Recorded at: The Village Recorder (WALL·E, Walk the Line)
Score Mixed at: Todd-AO Studios (Into the Wild, The Bourne Ultimatum)
Hope this gives you a behind the scenes look at the short film industry and this special film, Impulse. Be sure to come out to the premiere screening on Thursday the 29th in Los Angeles. We will definitely have more background via video interviews for you after tonight’s red carpet and possibly a special interview with more of the team behind this film.
Oh… and we didn’t tell this to producer, Darren Brandl, last night on the phone, but we are really good about picking winners (like we knew the web series “The Bannen Way” would win a Streamy Award) however, we are putting our good wishes behind this film and will be following it and reporting back as it travels the film festival industry!
Chris Masterson (Francis) and his brother Danny can often be sighted at various celebrity events around Hollywood.
A couple of weeks ago, the brothers were at Bardot Hollywood for an open air Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Performing at the event was alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction, who were debuting a new member of the band.
Bassist Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses fame made his debut as a new member of Jane’s Addiction last night (May 5) at a festive, open-air Cinco de Mayo performance at Hollywood’s Bardot.
Among the crowd of about 150 friends and fans were actors Joaquin Phoenix and Danny and Chris Masterson, pro-skater Danny Way and music pals Tom Morello, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Fishbone’s Chris Dowd, according to the band’s publicist, the Mitch Schneider Organization. Reports of the show appeared on Rollingstone.com and Spin.com.
I’m excited to give you the link so you can see Chris like you’ve never really seen him before. It also stars Jocelin Donahue in her first film role! And stay tuned because we are working on getting a feature version off the ground. – Natalia Garcia
See our GALLERY for some behind the scenes photos.
Tuesday’s video chat with Chris Masterson was a great success. Many thanks to Chris for agreeing to take the time to speak with us and of course to everyone who watched and participated in the chat. There were some great questions about Malcolm in the Middle and some of the projects Chris is working on now.
The chat (and the recording) went a lot more smoothly this time around with fewer technical difficulties. A full video recording of the hour of chat with Chris is embedded below.
Chris Masterson (Francis) is no stranger to playing a bit of poker in his spare time, having previously participated in Celebrity Poker Showdown back in 2004 and in the W Lounge Celebrity Poker Tournament in 2006 (pictured).
The exclusive, invitation-only event welcomes Hollywood celebrities, industry VIPs and world-class poker players who go head-to head in a freeroll Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament for charity, $200,000 in cash prizes and eternal bragging rights. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.
The event happened over the weekend of Saturday 20th — Sunday 21st February 2010 and was held at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Chris and Danny were joined by more than 100 other celebrities as well as some top professional poker players over the course of the weekend. The final six players will return on 3rd March for the Final Table TV taping.
Chris has hit the big three-o today! (22 January). The VC hopes you have a wonderful day Chris! Chris is currently in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Festival, and I’m sure he’s going to party hard at the Downstairs bar with rapper Slick Rick who is performing.
Last night (21 January) Danny ‘DJ Mom Jeans’ Masterson DJ’ed Downstairs and Chris was there too (pictured above). We hope you’ve recovered enough for your birthday Chris!
Chris part owns the Downstairs bar so is often spotted there. In a series of photos which I have named Deck Shock, Chris looks on in shock at the DJ’s decks, seemingly blown away by the musical genius?
Chris Masterson is starring in pre-apocalyptic short film Impulse, which is being produced by Bluebox Limited Films and was filmed in November last year. Impulse is slated for completion in early 2010. Chris plays David, but we currently know nothing else about the plot.
November 8th – Chris tweeted this photo of himself on set in Perry, Iowa saying ‘Iowa Block Party (of one)’
Made For Each Other (which we’ve been awaiting since 2007) premiered last month in a few theaters but is widely available ‘On Demand’ in the US, no DVD release has been set.
* Bright House: Movies on Demand > IFC in Theaters
* Cablevision: Movies on Demand > Independent Films > IFC in Theaters
* Charter: Channel 1 or Channel 99 > Movies > Indie & Intl Films
* Comcast: Channel 1 > Movies & Events > Same Day as Theaters
* Cox: Channel 1 > Movies on Demand > IFC in Theaters
* Insight: Movies on Demand > IFC in Theaters
* Time Warner: Movies on Demand (Channel 1000 in Most Markets) > IFC in Theaters
The best part of any marriage is consummating it. However after 3 months of a sexless marriage Dan, in a moment of weakness, finds himself in the throws of casual sex with another woman. Dan decides the only way to morally rectify this is, of course, to get his wife to cheat on him and thus he must set out to find the right man to put the hurt on his old lady.
Variety.com Review – A lack-of-sex comedy that somehow features a barnyard’s worth of rutting human animals, “Made for Each Other” is often wryly hilarious, completely overboard and unpredictable. Pairing an utterly absurd premise with an attractive and talented cast, the pic seems made for IFC’s video-on-demand platform, where it’s amusing the couch-bound alongside its limited New York theatrical run.
It’s not clear exactly how, but everybody in town knows that Danny (Christopher Kennedy Masterson, “Malcolm in the Middle”) and Marci (Bijou Phillips) haven’t consummated their union after three months of marriage. This, naturally, yields an occasionally unappetizing smorgasbord of innuendo served up by elderly neighbors, co-workers and the habitues of the wing joint where Danny and his fellow vulgarians drip hot sauce, beer and obscene observations.
Notable among the wingmen are Morris (Danny Masterson, Christopher’s brother) a divorce lawyer who advertises himself as “the Executioner,” and Mike (Samm Levine), who is sleeping with Danny’s mother (Leslie Hendrix, who can hereby wave goodbye to her butch image as “Law and Order’s” medical examiner). The word “vagina” is bandied about by, well, almost everyone. “Piercing” is used as a noun.
Scripted by Eric Lord, and not to be confused in any way at all, ever, with the 1939 James Stewart-Carole Lombard film of the same title, “Made for Each Other” offers the following shaggy-dog implausibilities: 1) Danny’s affair with his vaguely Teutonic boss, Catherine (Lauren German), Marci’s bombshell sister, who pursues Danny the way a shark chases a one-legged swimmer; 2) that Danny would want to rectify his adulterous situation by finding someone to sleep with his wife, so they’d be even; 3) that he would find a willing confederate in actor Mack Mackenzie (Patrick Warburton, in prime form), currently appearing in an ambitious staging of “Waterworld: The Musical” (“Water here/Water there!/Water everywhere!”); and 4) everything else in the film.
The story is ridiculous to the point of being Shakespearean, but the film’s strength lies in the offhanded bits, the digressions, the reaction shots, the laugh lines hanging in the air like underwear on a neighbor’s clothesline, and the cast — notably Hendrix, an economically used George Segal as her philandering husband, and the remarkably funny German, Levine and Danny Masterson.
Helmer Daryl Bob Goldberg may have a narrative swamp on his hands, but he balances his assets cautiously, frugally and with a ripe sense of audacious humor that quite often veers into the smutty, filthy and pornographic. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, or, God forbid, uncommercial, but it does make for an uneven tone — sophistication and vulgarity, the sophomoric and the chic.
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