Invasion of the Munchies
Ever had your home invaded by a bunch of obnoxious space critters while all you wanted to do is relax, lay back and dream about the wedding ring you’re going to give to your girflriend…? Didn’t think so.
We’ve grown rather fond of director/writer Andrea Ricca and his ‘no budget’ shortfilms. You gotta hand it to the guy, he takes one cam, one PC and… well, goes out and shoots his stuff. Ricca even consistently grows better at what he does, as The Furfangs – the third shortfilm we’ve seen of him so far – is yet again a bit more fun than his previous one. Obviously, this little film basically is a throwback to the whole Critters franchise. This time no puppeteering, but the furry critters are brought to life by home-made CGI-effects (which have become one of Ricca‘s trademarks), created by 3D-compositor Gennaro Acanfora. If you want to see overwhelming ILM-style graphics, you’ll have to look elsewhere folks. This is not what The Furfangs is about. Ricca simply focusses on making the various gags come off effectively, and he succeeds, with Acanfora‘s digital goofy furball creations perfectly suiting the tone of the film.
But what really uplifts this little DIY flick, is Gianfilippo De Mattia‘s energetic musical score (so yes, you might say Ricca actually did assemble a 3-piece crew this time to get his film made). De Mattia‘s score comes across as a big wink to the Gremlins films, and it very well works wonders for The Furfangs (if you don’t get the wink rightaway, then wait until you hear the music over the end credits). The five minutes you’ll spend giggling with The Furfangs, surely are five minutes well spent. So check it out, right here…
More goodies can be found at Andrea Ricca‘s website.