This week in FYPNHO: Films You’ve Probably Never Heard Of:
Fizz. Director/Writer/Producer: Jason Stutter
This 1999 new Zealand short film is about a man, played by everyone’s favourite person Jemaine Clement, and a sentient soda machine. If that doesn’t take your fancy then I’m not sure what is wrong with you. Don’t ask me how I found this film but I’m all the better for it.
Here’s the link: https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/fizz-1999
Probably one of my favourite things about being so obsessed with film, as I am, is the feeling when you find something completely new and crazy and interesting in amongst all the re-hashed crap. This short film is only 5 minutes so please take the time to see it, you won’t regret it. I’ve read about how it was made as-well. So if anyone is interested, it was made on a budget of 2000 NZ dollars and filmed in 2 nights! Stutter has said himself it was shot on the coldest day of winter with only 3 rolls of borrowed film stock! This is what I love to read about, people making crazy, creative films despite financial limitations simply because they’re passionate about it!
“The human star of the movie, Jemaine Clement, definitely had his work cut out for him. Not only did he have to work in the cold with a vending machine, but he also had only one take to do everything in, given the budget restraints.”
– Stutter, from the Fizz Press Kit
As a service to anyone who reads this blog I will hence forth scour the internet for more wonderfully original short films to share.