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Film Crew in Quarantine

Film Crew in Quarantine

We’re fortunate to be able to work from home, but not all trades can get their jobs done remotely. Illustrator Robertas Nevecka uses animation to offer up some clever ideas of what members of a film crew might do with their talents while isolating at home. Music and sound by Simonas Jončys.

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

This off-the-wall animation from Devin Flynn and Jon Vermilyea follows the travels of three ice cubes and their passengers, as they descend into the stomach of a bar patron and compete for a frozen gem that grants them special powers. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is. Thanks for the trip, Adult Swim.

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Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned in recent times, it’s that we must wash our hands. We’ve already seen how dirty they can get, and this amusing animated PSA from Toronto creative studio Chop Haus shows us some even filthier mitts that need to clean up their acts before touching anything.

Rebooted

Rebooted

Phil is a skeleton. He quickly rose to fame on the big screen as a stop-motion superstar. Then, modern effects put him out of business. Michael Shanks’ (aka “timtimfed“) charming short film is a fun blend of live-action, animation, and VFX, and a loving tribute to the great Ray Harryhausen. Behind the scenes here.

Akima and the Iñupiaq

Akima and the Iñupiaq

“We had to learn to walk in two worlds, but with one spirit.” This animated short offers a small glimpse into the lives of Alaska’s native Iñupiaq people, as they balance their traditions with the modern world. The film promotes Akima, a corporation held by Iñupiaq shareholders to provide jobs and to reinvest in their communities.

Creative Coding Visuals

Creative Coding Visuals

Motion designer Eddy Koek likes to create cool experimental visuals, using computer code as his medium. Here’s a compilation of some of his hypnotic moving images that he typically shares on his Instagram page. He also licenses his patterns for use by VJs as background art.

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

A man struggles throughout his life with self-doubt and social anxiety, and the manifestation of his fears appears in the form of a spiky hedgehog. Director Ed Bulmer’s animated short film reminds us that even the worst fears are simply creations of our own imaginations.

Music Genre: Video Game, Animated.

Music Genre: Video Game, Animated.

Seth Everman’s hilarious take on video game music and sound tropes gets a fresh coat of paint, courtesy of animator Sherbies, who added some appropriate game imagery to the original soundtrack. So when can we play Legend of Selma, Bintendo folks?

HORSE

HORSE

We could all use a little bit of silliness in these trying times, so we want to send a big thank you to animator AJ Jefferies for a much needed smile. His goofy short video has one very simple premise: “A horse struggles to exist.” We know you can do it, horsey! Go for it!

The Exterminator

The Exterminator

Stop-motion animator Keshen presents an action-packed LEGO short. Watch as our protagonist minifig (who looks strikingly like The Stig) hacks his way into a mysterious building, and locates a high-value, artificially-intelligent bounty. The only trick, it wants desperately to annihilate him.

The Midnight Gospel (Teaser)

The Midnight Gospel (Teaser)

Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time and Duncan Trussell of the Duncan Trussell Family Hour team up for a trippy Netflix animated series about an interstellar broadcaster who roams the universe looking for beings to interview. It sounds like Space Ghost Coast to Coast meets Rick and Morty. Drops on 4/20/20, of course.

iHuman: A.I. Awakening

iHuman: A.I. Awakening

Norway-based creative studio Rebel Unit shows off an incredible work of motion design, as they envision the birth and development of an artificially-intelligent character. The excerpt comes from filmmaker Tonje Hessen-Schei’s documentary iHuman. (Thanks Bjørn!)

Moving Parts

Moving Parts

Andrew B. Myers‘ experimental short film uses a combination of animation techniques to fill the frame with dozens of tiny objects constantly in motion. There’s so much going on that you’ll need to go back and watch it multiple times to catch all of the neat little details.

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EPOCH

EPOCH

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin used countless images from Google Earth along with audio samples from NASA to provide “a visual representation of our connection to earth and it’s vulnerable glory.” It’s amazing how these static satellite images can tell such a story.

One Word

One Word

Lightfarm Studios and Area 23’s intense award-winning animated short film features takes us un a truly wild ride, as a baby finds itself under attack from a universe of terrifying monsters. But if you stick around until the end, you’ll find out the real reason things seem so unsettling.

Why Miyazaki’s Animation Feels Alive

Why Miyazaki’s Animation Feels Alive

There’s so much to love about the style, stories, creatures, and characters in Hayao Miyazaki’s catalog of animated films. But what is it about these artful pieces of cinema that make them so dear to us? Kaptain Kristian digs into how Studio Ghibli breathes such life into every frame.

Max’s Journey to the Moon

Max’s Journey to the Moon

Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson of Wriggles and Robins created this fun stop-motion animation that tells the story of a boy’s action-packed journey to the moon, using pancakes as their medium. They cooked up about 600 pancakes to capture the action, though we’re not sure how many of those they ended up eating.

Babamimoun

Babamimoun

This beautiful visual treat comes from 3D artist Eidy Knowles and UK musicians Speakman Sound, with vocals by Simo Lagnawi. The inspiration for the track and the music video was a traditional Gnawan song about a spiritual leader and his relationship with the spirits around him.

Great Wave

Great Wave

Motion collage artist Erik Winkowski takes a very simple concept and takes it to the extreme. By compositing hundreds of images of a man doing toe-touches into a series of sine wave patterns, he basically creates an ocean made of humans.

Pangu

Pangu

Inspired by an ancient Chinese myth about creation, Taiko Studios‘ animated short film tells the story of a god who has the ability to conjure worlds from nothing. When he realizes the one thing missing is a child, he makes a son in his own image. But will independent thought drive them apart, or bring them closer together?

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Afterwork

Afterwork

Like Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Elmer Fudd, Groompy the rabbit perpetually plays the foil in his cartoons. But when he heads home, the monotony and frustration of his life lead him to a dark place. Luis Usón and Andrés Aguilar’s animated short film is brilliantly executed, but incredibly somber.

The Strokes: At the Door

The Strokes: At the Door

Written and directed by Mike Burakoff, the animated music video for The Strokes stripped-down new track “At the Door” has a fantastic look. Inspired by classic anime style, it tells an abstract tale of a boy torn between his reality and a dark alternative universe. From The New Abnormal, due out 4/10/2020.

Gadgets Deconstructed

Gadgets Deconstructed

Dina A. Amin loves to disassemble everyday items, and neatly arrange their components. In this clip, she turned this process into a stop-motion animation, deconstructing a Walkman, a phone, a hairdryer, and a camera. She also likes to play a game where you guess how many parts are inside before it’s disassembled.

How to Make Jewelry

How to Make Jewelry

Stop-motion animator Alex Unger of Guldies shared this brief, but well-executed test video in which he demonstrates how he gets jewels out of rocks. In this case, the jewels are simply beads you could buy at any craft store. If only it was this easy to extract precious gems in real life.

Food Play

Food Play

The guys from Toronto creative studio reactiv like to play with their food. In this lighthearted animated short, they imagine that edibles were actually used for playing various sports, and making quite the mess in the process.

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