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Time Out (Temps Mort)

Perhaps due to my own certain age, I tend to particularly enjoy the shorts when an older person outwits or non-plusses the Grim Reaper. It’s not an uncommon story, there are a few laying around the crow’s nest here already, and I love ’em.

This animation is also in French – with French subtitles. I don’t know French. There is a lot of dialogue, or at least monologue – in French. Which I don’t know.

And I don’t think it matters. The story is independent of the dialogue and is a fun bit of romp.

From the folks at ESMA.

The Box

Charmeurs de Verre

ESMA is another college whose students consistently put out high quality and award-winning animations. Based in France and, as of 2018, Montreal, Canada.

This is an allegory of creation, that tenuous connection between muse and man, and the struggle to create. Here, the man and muse keep trying and failing until, finally, one of their creations takes bloom. I’ve felt the disappointment of malformed art that you just can’t shape right no matter how hard you try. I’ve also felt ‘the flow’ – that timeless place where the ideas and words are all there and jump and dance into perfect sentences and fluid stories. This felt like that.

Directed by Julien Baëza, Thaïs Beaussé, Jean-François Loisel, Virgile Moreau, Céline Pantalouf, and Justine Pascal


Sailor’s Delight

A Mermaid, that appears to have some Electric Eel in her ancestry and possibly some Siren, vamps a pair of sailors on a fishing boat – or rather tries to vamp them…

Another great story from the students at ESMA. Directed by Louise Aubertin, Eloïse Girard, Marine Meneyrol, Jonas Ritter, Loucas Rongeart, and Amandine Thomoux.

Tout Conte Fait – ESMA

The royal couple can’t seem to get their Princess daughter married off so they come up with a plan…

From the talented students at ESMA (École Supérieure des Métiers Artistique), Toulouse, France.

Directed by Sandy Bienvenut, Alexandra Condoure, Vincent Dromart, Nicolas Quinssac, and Mathieu Ringot.

Adult Hair – ESMA

A hairdresser is tasked with giving the wife of the local gendarme a stylish ‘do while staying on the right side of the straight-laced-and-arrowed law man.

From the talented folks at ESMA. Animation by Florian Boury, Gautier Froehly, Manon Hirat, Matthieu Paugam, Cindy Redon, and David Varsi.

In Memoriam – ESMA

As a watchmaker is near finishing a clockwork diorama of his fondest memory, an old and tattered mime doll comes to life.

Another wonderful film from the very talented students at ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) in France. Animated by Valentin Gueu, Romain Maleyrot, Jérôme Oudot, and Shirley Pons.

Origami – ESMA

A grandfather helps a young man learn the value of patience and tradition.

Animation by Joanne Smithies, Eric De Melo Bueno, Michael Moreno, and Hugo Bailly from ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques/School of Art) in Montpellier, France.

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