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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, from Moonbot Studios.
One of five animated short films that will be considered for outstanding film achievements of 2011 in the 84th Academy Awards.


Nov. 24th, 2011 09:43 pm
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Address Is Approximate, a Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins, co-founder of The Theory.

via David Thompson.
foxtongue: (26th birthday)

ROSA from Jesús Orellana.

Via Wired, "Bunkered for months in his Barcelona basement, equipped only with computers and a vivid imagination, DIY filmmaker Jesús Orellana emerged after a year of solitary labor to deliver 2011’s most dazzling sci-fi short. [...] The lush setting brings to mind Avatar’s Pandora, but instead of spending several million bucks on visual effects, 29-year-old comic book artist Orellana made the entire film for a grand total of $99."
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Poussière from Poussiere LeFilm via COILHOUSE.

Because of you, it seems, I do not exist. I only want to wear gray or white or black, blanched of colour like a uniform, an armband of mourning, but from head to toe, as in anticipation of a funeral or an ill concieved joke. I think of zippers, how their brassy teeth unlatched, your damp palm on my shoulder, the sunset painting the room gold and red. The scarlet zipper sewn onto my dress, the new one you've never seen. How that haven't makes you a liar, "I would never". And yet you did. You said, yet I remain waiting. Shattered. The worst evolutionary consequence of love. It is a thing. It is a situation. Already it has been longer than we were together. Still, I cannot sleep.
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500 people in 100 seconds.

And with that, I leave for the desert. Jordan's due here any minute and all of my things are packed. We're hoping to stop in Tacoma on the way down, so Andrew and I can finally meet, but as I haven't heard from him yet, it may be something we'll do on the way back. Our only other stop is Reno, to shoot some cards and try a slot machine, just because we can and never have. It feels strange to be going this alone, like I should be waiting for Tony to get home before taking off, but he left yesterday, it's only the echo of our past relationship that's reverberating through the walls. Nicholas stayed over last night, kidnapped from a party room at PAX, and said he's not sure he could do such a thing, sleep comfortably in a place he used to live with a partner. "Too many ghosts", he said. Maybe that's it. At any rate, I'm leaving, and I won't be on-line for awhile.

I love you all. I wish you all well. Be happy. Be safe. I'll try to see you soon.
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Zero from Zealous Creative.

Also: Behind the scenes of Zero and a quick, enchanting peek at his next film, (which I am seriously, seriously excited for), The Maker.
foxtongue: (the welsh got you)
The Backwater Gospel, an unmissable Bachelor film project (2011) from The Animation Workshop.

Some other stunning shorts from the same school: Out of the Forest, (a long held personal favourite), The Lumberjack, (a very NFB tinted short), The Saga of Biorn, (funny even before the nuns), Mighty Antlers, (intense), Last Fall, (elegant steampunk horror), Pig Me, (fairly cute), and Dharma Dreameater, (entirely adorbz).
foxtongue: (the welsh got you)
Aside from all the other amazing things that life consists of, this evening I am made happy by passionfruit gelato, chickie nobs, and the line, "Someone's being attacked by a platypus bear!", upon which, indeed, a platypus bear appeared onscreen, truly one of nature's more creative miracles.

Also, the incredible people and technology involved in the Chilean miner rescue. That too.
foxtongue: (femme)
Anime director Satoshi Kon dies, aged 46.
Kon passed away passed yesterday after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The filmmaker's work includes Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Paprika.

Kon was working on fantasy-adventure animation, "Yumemiru Kikai (Dream Machine)", due for release in 2011, at the time of his death. Featuring a futuristic adventure starring a robot, it would have been his first work aimed at children after he produced a series of what he called "animations which adults can enjoy".
foxtongue: (moi?)
Hayao Miyazaki's Ghibli masterpiece, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Also, for those feeling a little less dystopian, but still seeking fantasy, Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away.
foxtongue: (wires)
A magnet won't work on plastic, bananas or girls.:
In 2001, Marc Bertrand was tasked by the National Film Board of Canada with creating 26 one-minute films about science. The only constraints were that he had to use both archival footage and animation. The result was Science Please!

And because the NFB is awesome, you can watch all 26 of them online: Part 1 | Part 2 | Or, in French

The films are fast and frenetic, utilizing a wide range of animation styles as Bertrand drew from every corner of the NFB's talented stable of animators. In a recent interview (translated from the French) Bertrand looked back fondly on his time working on "Science Please!" and announced that, after a nearly ten year delay, he is working on another series of science films for kids.

link via Scott
foxtongue: (holy napa valley)

A lovely stop-motion short, Out Of A Forest, filmes in the forest of Viborg, Denmark, from Tobias Gundorff Boesen. Music: "Slow Show" by The National.

foxtongue: (canadian)
discovered via duncan:

Old Fangs, by Adrien Merigeau, from the Animation Showcase of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.


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