Boston College student Ryan does a literal take on Paper Mario with Paper Mario Bros. 3; it took 36 hours, 300 frames, and was made with paper, colored pencils, glue, and cardboard.
Illustrated by VFS student Marco Carmona, Dance! is a simple film with a literally moving message that you’ll hear loud and clear: dance, dance against the dying of the light.
Sure, Junkworks’ E.T.A. may be a sci-fi short film, but interstellar truck driver Marvin is a not so far-fetched look into our futures where life imitates art–however horrifyingly banal.
It’s a somewhat incoherent mix of Star Wars, 2001, and 2012, but sci-fi short film Energy Hunter scores points for excellent cinematography and some truly stunning locations.
Muzorama was created in six weeks and based on the work of illustrator Jean-Philippe Masson; it’s a surreal animated short film that literally has us losing our heads over the details.
Quietus (Part 1, Part 2) is a glacially slow sci-fi short but still intriguing; it was shot on an 8k budget, filmed in the style of Kubrick’s 2001, and uses the same Death Valley locations as Star Wars.
Gorgeously animated with Corel Painter, Assassin’s Creed: Initiation is a fan-made short film; it delves into Altair’s past, showing his last rite of passage before gaining the title of Assassin.
There aren’t many things we post that’ll leave you with a lump in your throat, but Last Minutes with Oden is one of them; it’s a deeply moving video of a dog’s final moments. Thanks, Johan.
If you’re not a fan of Chucky it’s best that you skip Alma; this beautifully rendered CG short film by Rodrigo Blaas is a cautionary tale about nosy children and creepy-looking dolls.
Watch all 1 hour and 11 minutes of Born of Hope above; the independent short film is inspired by (and a prequel to) the Lord of the Rings trilogy and tells the story of Aragorn’s Rangers.
With a plot that revolves around a killer holographic Santa, Station 21’s storyline and acting is decidedly B-movie; still, this 3D trailer is definitely in your face and out of this world.
Finished in 2006 but only now fully viewable, Chris Jones’ The Passenger is the result of eight years of hard work; the animated short can also be purchased on DVD. Thanks, Andrew!
Produced on a shoe-string $7k budget, Constant van Hoeven’s Things Last is a sci-fi short that blends CG and live action; we won’t spoil it, but it’s definitely a soulful take on existence.
Disco dancing sounds and looks good on paper with Rob Diaz’s Elio, which shows the perils of going Travolta at your 9-5; the stop-motion short film was shot using a Nokia XpressMusic 5800.
Creepy yet hilarious, Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan’s Swingers mixes great comedic timing with ridiculously uncomfortable moments; in otherwords, a true theatre of the absurd.
Due out early 2010, Battle of the Brick: Built for Combat is a 25 minute LEGO Halo short film made by Alex Kobb; it recreates the Zanzibar map with an epic battle of Red vs. Blue.
Despite a euphemistic title, Wizard Smoke is pure (yet surreal) skateboarding heaven; it was filmed with three Panasonic HVX200s and uses tempera paint and flour for the smoke.
If you ever wondered what happened post-Carl in Up, Pixar explains all; the short film George and AJ shows things going downhill, underground, and interplanetary. Thanks, Thorir!
Guns ‘n Gardens makes the best of public access TV and societal collapse with How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse; it’s filled with DIY tips on weapons, first aid, and of course, gardening.
Slightly NSFW: Jeremie Duval’s Pulp Fiction and Mario mashup does Tarantino proud with guns and gasoline in place of fireballs; who needs Luigi when you have Travolta in overalls?
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Lineage short film reaches its conclusion with Episodes 2 and 3, with Giovanni traveling first to Venice and then finally to Rome. Watch all three episodes here.
Horrible Turn is the cherubic prequel to Dr. Horrible; although unofficial, it’s also a 60 minute, all-wonderflonium fan-made musical with high production values and a dash of evil.
If magic is all smoke and mirrors, weareom’s Chop Cup fully embodies this on a meta level; we won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say this short film is a mind-bending play on perception.
We liked Astro Boy, but it may have done better at the box office had it been like Panic Attack: this hybrid CG/live action short film features giant robots with a hatred for all things Uruguay.
We’re surprised that Pigeon Impossible isn’t a Pixar film: this high flying short was created by Lucas Martell and shows that a bird in the case is worth about a billion in the bush.
To call The Astronomer’s Dream trippy is a galactic understatement, but we’re slack-jawed over its amazing details; you can support indie director Malcolm Sutherland by buying the DVD.
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