2016 was a crazy year and sure enough we’re all ready to shake the dust and see what 2017 has to offer. Before you do, though, take a minute to check out the winners of the 2016 NoBudge Awards, which highlighted the work of great independent filmmakers that may not be entirely in the spotlight or on your radar.
Below is a list of all of the winners, all of which are currently streaming, so be sure to watch them while you can. Also, click on the titles to read more about each film on NoBudge.
Thunder Road (writer/director: Jim Cummings)
Her Friend Adam (dir. Ben Petrie)
Savasana (writer, director, editor: Brandon Daley)
I Remember Nothing (dir. Zia Anger)
Best Screenplay (tie)
Partners (writers: Jen Tulluck & Hannah Pearl Utt)
“Meet George Jetson!” For years and years, we’ve been writing about the hope/possibility of one day seeing a live-action Jetsons movies. At one point, Robert Rodriguez was attached to a version in development at Warner Bros, but it never came together. Now we can get a different glimpse at what a movie might be like. Engineering firm Arconic hired filmmaker Justin Lin (Annapolis, Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious 4-6, Star Trek Beyond) to make a 60-second commercial for them reimagining The Jetsons set in the year 2062. It’s actually pretty cool to see, but it’s clearly just an advertisement (showing off lots of engineering innovation) and they also clearly only have the rights to The Jetsons song, so it’s all just for fun. Still worth a quick look. ›››
There have been conversations surrounding a live-action version of The Jetsons for many years now. For a while, Robert Rodriguez was attached to direct, and he even shot some tests for the film. He left the project before returning to it, but for unknown reasons, he exited the director’s chair a second time. Last year, Warner Bros. got the ball rolling on an animated Jetsons film, but we’ve heard little about it since. It looks like we won’t see a live-action Jetsons movie anytime soon, despite Yeezy’s best efforts, but at least we can see director Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) bring the Jetson family to real life in an ad.
Below, check out Justin Lin’s The Jetsons live-action commercial.
The Furious 6 director and Arconic teamed up for this fun reimagining of the popular 1960s cartoon, which saw a resurgence in the 1980s, thanks to reruns, and led to a 1990 animated movie which underperformed at the box-office. In this version of The Jetsons, George Jetson and Jane work for Arconic, while Judy attends architecture classes in Paris and Elroy goes to school in San Francisco.
Here’s Justin Lin’s The Jetsons live-action commercial, which already has over three million views on YouTube:
On Arconic’s website, the company explained why they chose The Jetsons to represent their forward-thinking approach:
The Jetsons sci-fi cartoon series launched in 1962 and was set 100 years in the future. An instant hit, it presented an entertaining yet surprisingly forward-thinking vision of 2062. It’s amazing to see how much The Jetsons got right, predicting things like smartwatches, tablets and 3D printing; and that made us wonder what else might still be in store. Flying cars? Extraordinary buildings? So we gathered a brain trust of leading futurists and our own engineers to share their thoughts on what Arconic could help realize in 2062, and brought their vision to life with the help of film director Justin Lin.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video for Lin’s commercial, featuring some predictions for the future of cars, buildings, and more:
Framestore handled the ad’s visual effects, which are very impressive. They most recently worked on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and their work here is excellent. The commercial has some playful ideas and effects, capturing what you’d want to see from a modern live-action version of The Jetsons. It’s also always great to see daytime science-fiction. Focusing on a bright, sunny day feels right for a commercial about forward-thinking. Also, while Astro isn’t in the commercial, there is a nice little nod to the Jetsons family’s dog.