Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
I love the style of this stop-motion short. The story is great fun too!
Somewhere near the hall of Brétigny-sur-Bizet, in front of a raging crowd, the most outstanding dogs face each other to measure their talents and strengths. Among them is Sweetheart, encouraged by the best and most noisy crowd. Will he triumph in this hard competition?
Animated by Chloe Alliez.
Brett Foxwell takes us on a biologically sleek journey on a quest to evolve. At 18 minutes, it is longer than I usually post here, but this stop-motion film is visually exquisite to my eye and well worth the time.
After biological life has passed from existence, our machines try to restart it with the pieces we have left behind. On an anonymous assembly line, a creature is built from steel and bone and sent off. Making his way through an old world that is dying and a new world struggling to be born, he begins to sense that he may have a part to play in the evolution of his imperfect kind. This ﬁlm was animated by one person over ten years in four different cities. via
A great song and a beautiful bit of stop-motion animation telling a small vignette of a magical rescue. Perfect for a Friday night music video.
A combination of stop-motion and cel animation, this short was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998.
More tells the story of an inventor who lives in a drab, colorless world. Day by day, he toils away in a harsh, dull, and dehumanizing job, his only savior being the memories of the bliss of childhood. But at night, he works secretly on an invention that could help him relive those memories and spread their joy to everyone in his despair-filled life.
When he finishes the invention, it changes the way people look at the world, but not the world itself. His success changes him, however, because he loses an important part of himself. via
Written and directed by Mark Osborne.
Let’s start the weekend right.
Opiuo has been dominating my glitch-hop playlist lately. He has a good mix of swing, jazz and funk going on. So it was most excellent to find that the second glitch-hop animation I found was an official music video of his! From the album Meraki.
Directed and animated by Dropbear, it took 240 audio cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs and 1 retro walkman to make.
The mechanical life form Ohm inhabits a bleak and devastated planet. The thousands of mechanical creatures of this world share a single cycle of energy. In this cycle, Ohm is a rogue element. His nature is to devour and absorb others. When one day a gargantuan foreign object appears in the skies. Drawn in by mysterious creatures of light, the Ohm tracks them across the planet, changing the known order of matter, time and space. via
The murders of a series of prostitutes are spreading terror in the neighborhood of Blackchapel! While Scotland Black’s investigation flounders, Jack the Ripper’s violent justice rules the streets… and Sherlock Holmes and Watson are called in to investigate. via
Directed by Pierre Fernandez. From the /Cannes Short Film Corner of Canada7th NFB Short film Online Contest.
I had a wonderfully eccentric Grandmother. A short, fire-plug shaped woman who taught me how to use the local bus system. Most of the time, though, she herself walked. All over the north end of Seattle you could find her puttering along with her collapsible pull-basket which was often full of books. Sometimes she’d bring home flowers from her walks. Always a neighbor’s flowers, but she was careful so no one ever showed up at the door.
She taught me the power of omission. She was that kind of Grandma. The kind of grandparent I want to be, with a big dash of this grandfather…
He visits a city. The city already forgot him. The city is still sinking in his dream. The flickering segments of real life and illusion. Only the lighthouse has his memory. But the memory will maybe vanish.
Stop motion animation with paper cut outs and paint on glass. Kangmin Kim also animated the well received short 38-39˚c.
How many of the books shown have you read? (i haven’t read nearly enough of them)
A film for 4th Estate Publishers’ 25th Anniversary.