Awesome Short Films

Portugal. The Man: Sleep Forever

Portugal. The Man: Sleep Forever

The music video for Portugal. The Man’s single Sleep Forever is a beautiful tour of the Alaskan wilderness and a haunting treatise on isolation rolled into one. Directed by Michael Ragen.

Cardboard Warfare 2

Cardboard Warfare 2

The sequel to the special effects-laden film by Clinton Jones is more than six times longer than the original. It takes itself a tad too seriously but it’s still an awesome production nonetheless.

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A Slice of Life

A Slice of Life

Terry Border’s surreal love story convinced us that preparing a sandwich is a Freudian act. We’re put off by the deus ex machina that moves the story to its end, but we could be overthinking it.

Sub City Paris

Sub City Paris

From New York to Paris, Sarah Klein and Tom Mason continue to capture the transition from the subway’s depths to the world above. We love the shot of the faces of emerging passengers.

Danger Planet

Danger Planet

An animated short made by students of Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, led by Justin Burks. Danger Planet is as charming and perfect as the adventures we (day)dreamed of as kids.

Loom (Animation)

Loom (Animation)

A great example of the high-quality work coming from the designers and storytellers at Polynoid, Loom delves deep into the intense relationship between the hunter and the hunted.

…It Could Not End Otherwise

…It Could Not End Otherwise

Kelly Sears transforms a high school yearbook from a representation of youthful potential and innocence to a record of tragedy and a harbinger of doom in this masterfully constructed thriller.

Heliotropes

Heliotropes

An amazing blend of poetry, animation and live footage, Michael Langan’s Heliotropes is based on a poem of the same title by Brian Christian about “the fundamental unity of life.” More here.

Sheeped Away

Sheeped Away

Junaid Chundrigar’s tribute to old American cartoons. The lesson? Instead of getting married, get some sheep and take care of them. They’ll take you to places beyond your wildest acid trip. Or not.

Freeze Time

Freeze Time

This video is all about the time freeze effect popularized by The Matrix, except this time there were no special effects used. Made by Lawrence Chen to promote Pepsi’s short film contest.

Origins

Origins

A character made of scraps wanders though the woods until he comes across a sign that will help him discover where he belongs in Origins, Robert Showalter’s poignant and luminous graduation film.

Many Faces

Many Faces

Who is the real you? Are you the same person all the time? What does it mean to be “real” or “genuine”? Nir Philosof reflects on these and other questions about identity and denial in his short film.

Weapon

Weapon

(NSFW: Language) Imagos Films heard about the Windie City Shootout here on The Awesomer, and decided to enter – and won the Producer’s Choice Award. Gives new meaning to “going postal.”

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Operation Kingfish

Operation Kingfish

Activision was so impressed with We Can Pretend’s fan film Find Makarov that the company sponsored its sequel. An action-packed flashback featuring Soap, Ghost and Price (and their goofy accents).

Going to the Store

Going to the Store

(PG-13: clothing-challenged) Huh? David Lewandowski made this video for the final episode of Everything, Channel101’s anthology series, and we think the world needs to see this. (Thanks Jon!)

Compressed 02

Compressed 02

Filmmaker Kim Pimmel’s short piece combines dish soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid, a macro lens and time lapse techniques to create something quite astounding. Can you believe it’s not digital?

In Icto Oculi

In Icto Oculi

A proper dinner table about to be ravaged by a venue of vultures. Arresting work by Greta Alfaro, whether you choose to think about its possible meanings or just revel at the sight of nature.

Mortys

Mortys

A surprisingly not-so-morbid tale, considering its protagonist is Death, who is portrayed as a working mom who barely has any time for her child. Entertaining, though a bit lacking in explanation.

Fubar

Fubar

(NSFW: Language) A Zack Snyderesque motion comic featuring cats vs. dogs but with a very human issue. Could use a more imaginative and less didactic script, but still worth watching.

The Schwarzenegger Trilogy

The Schwarzenegger Trilogy

Brainbow pays homage to the Governator with three hand drawn animated shorts – a montage of explosions, a scene from Terminator 2 and a song that uses Ahnold’s lines from his movies.

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Second Hand

Second Hand

A tale of two extremes, embodied by the title, presented in a unique animated style and filled with memorable scenes. Clear in its message yet not overwhelming or too critical.

A Short Film About Skydiving

A Short Film About Skydiving

Ryan Buller’s spirited 3 minute film that chronicles a weekend of skydiving from the perspective of the skydiver is a great combination of adrenaline rush and sheer fun. It’s got a goofy soundtrack too.

Think Tank

Think Tank

(NSFW: Language) It’s a meeting of the mind in this funny but moralizing short written and directed by Peter Calloway and starring Matthew Rhys as the separate and conflicting aspects of a guy’s brain.

500 People, 100 Seconds

500 People, 100 Seconds

Eran Amir convinced 500 of his closest friends (and strangers) to pose with 1500+ unique photographs, creating an awesome dual-layered stop motion film which will have you coming back for seconds.

The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus

The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus

Marius Herzog created this beautiful, imaginative short film about dreams as his graduation project, doing all the writing, design, modeling, rigging, animation, rendering and compositing by himself.

Jurassic Park Infographics

Jurassic Park Infographics

Just a little DNA and a God Complex, and you end up with an island full of raptors. Tal Moskovich helps us understand our prehistoric pals in this video, backed by Sam Neill’s movie dialogue.

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