Impulse: Short Film with Chris Masterson… he’s not Malcolm’s Brother Anymore

Impulse : Short Film

Chris Masterson in Impulse, Short Film

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!

Chris Masterson, ImpulseJust 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 CrewMeet 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.

Making Impulse

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, Impulse

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.

Chris Masterson, ImpulseOh… 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…

LA Shorts Film Festival Opens Tonight: Red Carpet and Premiere Screenings of New Shorts!

Tis the season for film festivals and the LA Shorts Fest ’10 is kicking off the week long event tonight with a red carpet opening and screening of several films. The LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world attracting more than 15,000 filmmakers, moviegoers and entertainment execs. (See schedule here)

The term “Short Film” originated in the early days of N.American cinema and generally relates to a film that is 20-40 minutes in length but with film festivals going international, there are all lengths of shorts from 1 minute to 15 minutes as well.  The categories range from Action/Adventure, Animation,  Comedy, Commercial, Documentary, Drama, Erotic, Experimental, Family, Foreign, Gay/Lesbian, Horror, Latin, Music Video, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, and my favorite: Suspense/Thriller. Check out the variety of films playing at this year’s festival by clicking here.

Tonight following the Red Carpet where Andy Fickman, Mariana Klaveno, David Krumholtz, Chris Masterson, Rhys Coiro, Tom Arnold, Victor Webster, Mimi Steinbauer (Hyde Park president), Brian O’Shea (Affinity president), Cort Lane (Marvel VP), will be talking to the press, the lineup will be as follows:

  • Darkroom:   Director: Johnny Hardstaff, 4 min.
  • The Gift:   Director: Carl Erik Rinsch, 5 min.
  • Jun and the Hidden Skies:   Director: Hi Sim, 3 min.
  • El Secreto de Mateo:   Director: Greg Fay, 4min.
  • Kidnapping Caitlynn:   Director: Kat Coiro, 10 min.
  • Idiots:   Director: Kat Coiro, 4 min.
  • Quality Time:   Director: James Redford, 9 min.
  • Prom: Director: Martin Bell, 33 min.
  • The Hunt:   Director: Jake Scott, 3min.
  • Four Play:   Director: Jake Summer, 2 min.

Other highlights of the festival include films by Sting’s son, Vin Diesel and a collaboration with Ridley Scott. But that’s not all – this event is one of the ones where candidates for the Oscar’s are selected, so it’s a big deal to be selected to screen your film here.

The venue is at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatres in Hollywood on Sunset. Tonight is a beautiful night for the LA Shorts Fest to kick off with a red carpet event and Mingle Media TV is excited to be covering it… oh and we will have more for you from interviews to a special look into a short with Chris Masterson from Malcolm in the Middle…