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The Escherian Stairwell

The Escherian Stairwell

This video is the centerpiece of RIT student Michael Lacanilao’s attempt at starting an urban legend – that somewhere on the RIT campus, there is a space-bending stairwell that was made by a mysterious architect.

ABE

ABE

ABE was programmed to love. Unfortunately, he expected to be loved back. There’s nothing like a good psychopathic robot story right before bedtime. Sweet dreams. Written and directed by Rob McLellan. (Thanks Thane!)

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Spy vs. Guy

Spy vs. Guy

One of the funniest shorts we’ve seen in a long while. A retired Russian spy gets a chance to rectify a mistake he made when he was still in service, when he so ineptly and hilariously lost a top secret device.

Don’t Move

Don’t Move

(NSFW: Language, Gore) A group of friends unwittingly summon a demon using a Ouija board. A perfect, tight horror short directed by Anthony Melton. Part of the Bloody Cuts series.

Blood Dragon: Cyber War

Blood Dragon: Cyber War

(NSFW: Language) Commander Bolt Lightning embarks on a suicide mission in this live action short. Made by Corridor Digital to promote the out of left field fps Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. For best results, do not watch in HD.

Motion Tracking Experiment: Ball

Motion Tracking Experiment: Ball

A trippy short test video from The Old Mill in which they use motion tracking to lock the frame onto the moving tennis ball as the subject of the clip. We’re not sure exactly how they pulled it off, but this clip was the inspiration.

The Walking Dead: S3 VFX

The Walking Dead: S3 VFX

(Spoilers, Gore) Effects house Stargate Studios shows off their brain-bashing, head-chopping, limb-removing, blood-spraying VFX chops in this reel of some of the insane zombie kills seen in The Walking Dead Season 3.

Googly Eyes

Googly Eyes

Corridor Digital shows that they can do horror too. Maybe that wasn’t their intention, but we’ve always been creeped out by these kitschy crafts supplies. Well, guess we’re not sleeping tonight.

Prop Wars

Prop Wars

A major battle erupts between the guys from Sneaky Zebra, but all they’ve got to work with are props from various science fiction and fantasy flicks. No guns, knives or fists here.

The Mines

The Mines

The latest from Legacy’s Grzegorz Jonkajtys, this short is a test reel for a feature film about a woman trapped in an abandoned uranium mine, and the horrifying occupants of the creepy caves.

The Aprons: Sound Stains

The Aprons: Sound Stains

We’re not sure if we’re more hypnotised by the ethereal sounds or sights in The Aprons’ music video for Sound Time, its forest filled with a delicate crystal menagerie, brought to life by 40 animators.

Kitties on the Beat

Kitties on the Beat

A gang of tiny thieves meet their match in the latest video from Corridor Digital. The song is Wildstyle by Savant. The behind-the-scenes video is equally – if not more – entertaining.

Lisa

Lisa

A robotics genius struggles on his quest to make the perfect android. Drew Mylrea’s short film asks the age-old question: what makes us human? There’s a twist here begging to be explored.

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A Journey Through Seasons

A Journey Through Seasons

The NRK recorded the 10-hour, 453mi Nordland Railway ride once per season and then mashed up the footage to make a pseudo-time lapse video. You can also watch each 10-hour ride. Or two at once.

Kon-Tiki VFX

Kon-Tiki VFX

(Gore) Important Looking Pirates produced some astounding visual FX for the Norwegian historical drama about adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa raft expedition from Peru to Polynesia, Kon-Tiki.

Behind the Magic: The Avengers

Behind the Magic: The Avengers

Visual effects experts Industrial Light & Magic share their contribution to one of the most memorable scene from The Avengers: the long continuous shot showing each member fending off the aliens.

The Glitch

The Glitch

The guys from Corridor Digital show us what happens when those nasty game glitches turn up in real world. Just like in buggy video games, it’s definitely not a pretty sight.

Making the Jurassic Park T-Rex

Making the Jurassic Park T-Rex

The craftsmen of Stan Winston Studio – the same studio that made the Aliens Queen – talk about the process of making the full-sized animatronic T-Rex that starred in the adaptation of Jurassic Park.

Tempo

Tempo

Made by Red Giant, Tempo is about a scientist trying to prevent the bad guys from getting their hands on a device that fires a time-warp field. Think Portal but with time instead of space mechanics.

Achievements

Achievements

The latest short film from Corridor Digital features a dork in an alternate world where people get videogame-like achievements. If only life worked this way. Minus the stupid armor of course.

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DragonBall Z: Saiyan Saga

DragonBall Z: Saiyan Saga

An impressive DragonBall Z fan trailer from Harry & George Kirby, who created the action and effects-packed short to show the potential for a live-action DBZ flick – that doesn’t suck. (Thanks Jeff!)

To Catch a Camera

To Catch a Camera

YouTuber Wheezy Waiter spills some coffee on his camera, causing it to gain teleportation powers. Now that’s an origin story. Or is it? A well-edited use of the simplest of camera tricks.

Plane Landing Composite

Plane Landing Composite

Inspired by this famous image, photographer Cy Kuckenbacker compressed five hours of landings at SAN down to just 30 seconds, by using the blue sky above to chroma-key each plane into the scene.

Memorize

Memorize

Similar to Plurality, Memorize is about a futuristic dystopia that uses cutting-edge technology to monitor crime. In this case it’s a chip embedded in all humans that records everything we see.

Far Cry Happy Hour

Far Cry Happy Hour

Corridor Digital’s promotional video for Far Cry 3. The protagonist’s alcohol and drug-fueled delusion gives them a convenient excuse to go crazy with their bread and butter: visual effects.

Time Remap

Time Remap

Vimeographers Adrien M and Claire B developed a plug-in for Quartz Composer that allows them to replicate the trippy slit-scan effect using multiple layers of videos that are slightly out of sync.

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