Charlie Bit My Finger, the fifth most-viewed YouTube video of all time with over 319 million views, is getting a facelift. As part of a campaign to promote their upcoming Worldwide Short Film Festival, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) had three directors turn the viral masterpiece into short films. The results are pretty awesome, ranging from dark comedy to musical to a horrifying zombie flick. Read on to learn more, and check out all the short films below.
The Charlie Bit My Finger short films were created as part of a promotion for the CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, which will take place in Toronto from May 31 to June 5, 2011. The slogan for the campaign is, “Anyone can upload. Few can direct.” They wanted to show the difference between a simple viral video and true cinematic art. They explain their goal on the Worldwide Short Film Festival website as follows:
“In today’s snack culture, there’s no shortage of home videos circulating online, garnering millions of views worldwide. To demonstrate the difference in quality between a short film and a video, we had three directors turn the popular viral video “Charlie Bit My Finger” into a short film. We ended up with three very different cinematic interpretations, but they all share one thing in common: a great director makes all the difference.”
So far, the horror film version of ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ has taken off the fastest, with over 107,000 views so far. In this horror short, a zombie breaks into a family home and wreaks havoc. One of the people in the house, Charlie, gets turned into a Zombie and, well…he starts biting, of course.
Next we’ve got ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ the Musical, in which a couple of brothers sing about the biting incident. Things get really crazy around 0:40. Oh, and did you notice the bandages on the fingers of all the dancers? Love it!
Finally, my favorite of the three ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ shorts has got to be the Dark Comedy, in which a woman is attacked by her dog, Charlie. Which short did you like best, and what do you think about the CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival campaign? Let us know in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.