Summa Shorts: “Malaria”

This is the sort of thing that’s referred to as “mixed-media,” right? (And also as “Awesome.” To say nothing of “Ridiculously Imaginative.” Or “Best Simulation of Comic Book Sensibilities I’ve Seen Captured on Film to Date.” Which all apply, as well.)

MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. This short film combines Origami, Kirigami, Time lapse, nankin illustration, Comic Books and Western Cinema.

Despite the short’s visual and storytelling imaginativeness and its wonderful use of genre tropes — the Leone-esque close-ups of eyes, for example; or the gun “inserts” and dialogue boxes — my favorite part of  the whole project is still a fundamentally “old-school” thing: Antonio Moreno’s voice-work as Death. It’s just perfect. There’s simply no substitute for the right voice actor.

I’ve got my eye on you, Edson Oda.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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