Oscar winner Jessica Yu’s Kinda Sutra delves into our earliest concepts about where babies come from. The Indian-themed semi-animation has a nice flow from older folk’s reminiscences to the little ones’ confessions about what they know (or should know). Enjoy.
(I will write something non-video soon, don’t worry:))
I saw this last night and thought I’d share a little joy…ladies and gentlemen – Eddie Izzard and the Death Star Canteen!
I just discovered Kirsten Lepore, a maker of unbelievably charming stop-motion animation, drawn animation and some live-action shorts you can find on her webpage. Above you’ll find a good intro into Kirsten’s work, a comical conversation about being vegan between two forms of sealife called ‘Craig and Walter’.
‘Sweet Dreams’ is a 10 minute story of a cupcake who dreams of travels and adventure away from home. The video is quite long, but has real charm and a calming dream-like quality.
The final video is the ‘Story from North America’, a song-conversation between a young boy thoubled by a spider under his bed and the boy’s father.
Published January 14, 2009
Tags: 4th estate, animation, books, experiences, fiction, film, narration, reading, short film, stop-motion, stories, storytelling, this is where we live, thisiswherewelive, video
This Is Where We Live is a stop-motion animation for 4th Estate Publishers’ 25th Anniversary. It was produced by Apt Studio and Asylum Films.
I think the animation is quite good, but not mind-blowing. The charm for me isn’t in the visuals, but rather in the story that the video is seeking to convey. It’s always been quite amazing to me how people incessantly fill their lives with stories, whether through books, TV, film, gossip or creating them in their own lives. In real life, stories lead to an easier understanding of events, ourselves and others and the dynamics of just about anything from politics to evolution. We start listening to stories when growing up and continue this consumption through most of our lives. We also create our own stories, whether real or fictional to communicate to others who we are and what our experiences are. Stories are present in all cultures and have been communicators of historical events and religious preaching around the world.
According to Reynolds Price,
A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens–second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day’s events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.
History of the Internet is an encapsulation of the development of the Internet since 1957. The animation uses PICOL icons, which are meant to facilitate a standardised and minimalist form of communication in digital. The video is an informative and understandable explanation of the origins of perhaps the most important invention of the past century. Created by Melih Bilgil:
History of the internet is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to file-sharing, from arpanet to internet. The history is told with help of the PICOL icons, which are also a part of my diploma. The icons are soon available for free on picol.org
Published January 6, 2009
Tags: animation, antidepressants, catholicism, drawn, film, guilt, like me only better, martin pickles, obsessive compulsive disorder, prozac, religion, short film, video, wordpress
Like Me, Only Better is a short film animation by Martin Pickles. The main character is a pencil-drawn Clive, who takes the viewer through various aspects of obsessive compulsive disorders, his experiences with Prozac and the painful architecture of his Catholic upbringing. The animation is a curious combination of entertainment and meaningful insights into things so often ignored in societies.
You can watch the video at Drawn or at Martin Pickles’ homepage. I’m really sorry to be sending to differnt sites to watch the video, but I have struggled and repeatedly failed in trying to upload it to WordPress!
JumpTrumpRumpBump is a short film animation about an over-achieving little girl called Mooney, who by day is a perfect daughter and by night has a secret jazzy life of her own. Thanks for the video, Lenny!
Yes, the third short film posted on the blog in a row, I know. I’ve just decided to get them all out of my system and this one shall be the last one of the series. Spider is a short by Nash Edgerton. I love the first line ‘It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.’ It’s a little shocking at times, just so you know.
Published December 2, 2008
Tags: clemens kogler, film, funny, karo szmit, le grand content, life, meaning, presentation, short film, video
Le Grand Content is a short film by Clemens Kogler together and Karo Szmit. The animation is based on the ubiqitous slideshow format of presenting just about everything today. Enjoy!
This short film ‘Paripetics’ by Zeitguised is a stunning piece of 3D animation. I’m particularly impressed by the image of the breathing near the end. Enjoy!