Created by 300/Wolverine VFX artist Matthew Santoro, Offline is the culmination of a two year effort; it’s a short film/spec trailer that’s looking to get backed as a full-length sci-fi film.
David King’s use of an overhead projector to shoot ZZZZOMBIES seems gimmicky at first glance, but this stop motion film is surprisingly tongue-in-brain. Warning: slightly gory.
The Seafarers return for a Halloween visit to the Island of Horrors; it’s creepy, jarring, and a bit disjointed, but we couldn’t resist the chance to sample zombie pizzas and mummy wraps.
Thanks, Tim, for ruining all things happy and fluffy: Between uses seamless transitions to turn mundane things like stuffed animals and kids playing on beaches into terrifying objects.
Even if you take The Machine at face value (The Matrix w/puppets), it’s hard to miss its morality play angle; it’s otherwise a gorgeous stop-motion film styled like an old-time nickel arcade.
Sci-fi/martial arts flick The Cup Of Tears is extremely low-budget, but we couldn’t tell from this trailer: it’s a hybrid CGI/Live Action film by Gary Short that’s shot using a RED camera.
Lineage, Part 1 is up, and by the lords of Firenze does it deliver: this live-action take on Assassin’s Creed features gorgeous cinematography, plenty of action and a glimpse of young Ezio.
Like father, like son: Ezio’s dad Giovanni gets real blood on his hands with Assassin’s Creed: Lineage, a series of three live-action short films that’ll be released on YouTube starting 10/27.
Yellow Cake starts off innocently enough, but this mid-century style cartoon quickly morphs into something far more post-modern and disturbing with inequality, unrest and war.
Watch all 20 minutes of Turbo (we previewed it here) for free online; it’s a mashup of Tron and The Karate Kid and was shot using a RED camera by USC film school students.
Mark Fiore’s Technology is an animated short film that dares to ask (and rhyme) what happens when technophiles fully unplug from Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Thanks, Chris!
It’s no Hollywood blockbuster, but what Hive Division lacks in budget they make up for with passion in Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy; this first part of three runs just under an hour.
Winner at numerous Australian film festivals, The Cat Piano is a stylish take on film noir by The People’s Republic of Animation with sensuous poetry and a graphic 2D look.
Created by Mexico-based Cru de Ladies, Mundo de Papel (“Paper World”) envisions a a life of college-ruled margins; it was made in 2 weeks using 3DS Max, After Effects, and Photoshop.
Like an artsy Matrix, Artificial Paradise, Inc is filled with organo-metallic monsters and wonderfully creepy sound effects; it was selected by both SIGGRAPH 2009 and ONEDOTZERO.
Tarboy is partly an animated short film with fighting robots and explosions galore, but it’s also an amazing technical demo: the entire movie was animated using Flash. Thanks, Will!
Based on the Philips Exeter Academy Library, Alex Roman’s atmospheric short film may look real, but it’s a partially CG work created with 3ds Max, Vray, AE and Premiere.
It’s fairly slow-paced, but JumpTrumpRumpBump’s trippy plot, jazzy music, and funky animations make up for it; each frame literally looks like a standalone art piece.
Wookie-sized props to the Make A Wish Foundation: Star Waiters is a 30 min film (it starts 9 min in) that fulfills 6th grader Mitch Kohler’s dream to make his own Star Wars movie.
Directed by Jesse Rosten, Cart pulls no punches when pulling the heart strings–surprising, considering that it’s a (beautifully filmed) short film about a shopping cart.
Slightly NSFW: The voice acting is hammy and it starts off slow, but The Seafarer redeems itself in the second half: think giant robots with laser beams, machine guns and cannons.
As if taking a cement block elevator to the ocean floor weren’t enough: Down to Earth is a funny short film about a pinstriped mobster who can’t catch a break even in his final moments.
Move over, Chuck Norris, Charles Nelson Reilly is in town: Weird Al and JibJab team up for CNR, a White Stripes spoof that paints the actor as the badass to end all badasses.
It’s complete nonsense, but what beautiful nonsense it is: Birdy Nam Nam puts Daft Punk and Heavy Metal in a blender and spits out robots, sneakers, sugar cubes and sarcophagi.
Men have pined and puzzled over women since time immemorial, a plight made all the more poignant by Virgile: it’s a retro-styled animated short film about being out of your league.
Monkey doctors, octopus sushi chefs, brain-eating anteaters: you might have to get therapy after Musicotherapie; it’s a ridiculously weird short film which is both hypnotic and neurotic.
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