Impulse theatrical poster

Back in January, we reported that Chris Masterson was to star in ‘Impulse’, a pre-apocalyptic thriller being produced by Bluebox Limited Films.

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.

The World Premiere of Impulse will take place on Thursday, July 29th at the 14th LA Shorts Fest. The screening itself is at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theater, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90068. If you’re in the area, you can purchase tickets to the premiere at the website. You can also find out more information about the film at its website, the Bluebox Limited website and at IMDb.

Chris Masterson as David in 'Impulse'


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.

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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.


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.

Impulse Crew

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!

Stay tuned…

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