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El Vez

El Vez has written 1003 posts for Directors Notes

Play Dead: The Best Zombie Short Films

Grab your chainsaws, stock-up on those necessary supplies and prepare yourself for some apocalyptic viewing with a playlist of our favourite zombie short films.

Hypnotic computer-generated twerking rules the day in Jesse Kanda’s Arca video

Ever wanted to see a naked, computer-generated, bald woman twerk her generously-sized booty to the sounds of a Venezuelan musician? Here’s your chance…

Jim Owen offers some insightful break-up advice in comedy short film ‘Can We Talk?’

Jim Owen’s comedic short film ‘Can We Talk?’ serves up some hilarious and slightly uncomfortable break-up advice from his misguided protagonist Vince.

Welcome to the Ridiculously Infectious World of Lesley the Pony

Possibly one of the greatest things to hit the internet in recent times, welcome to the ridiculously infectious world of ‘Lesley the Pony’. Taking us on a journey through comely maids and strapping lads, Christian Larrave’s short ‘Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day!’ not only won the Best Undergraduate Animation award at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, but also win the best video about a prancing pony on the whole internet award [voted by ME].

War continues despite the fall of humanity in VFX Sci-fi short film ‘Крепость/Fortress’

With a fascinating concept at its core, Russian CG enthusiast Dima Fedotof transports us to a universe where automated systems continue to fight a war which has already claimed mankind as a victim. Showcasing some stunning VFX work, this animated parable follows one of the last bombers of the war, as it continues on its missions, despite its creators and controllers dying some time ago.

Peter Millard returns with his latest slice of unmistakable animation ‘Fruit Fruit’

Writing a synopsis for a short film can often be a difficult thing…with the work of Directors Notes favourite Peter Millard it often feels impossible. Returning with his latest unmistakable slice of animation ‘Fruit Fruit’, I can only think of one word to describe it……CUCUMBER!!!!

Action, Adventure, Romance, Underpants…short film ‘!!RENEGADE!!’ has it all

f watching a man run around in his pants battling a monocled villain doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, then Kevin Van Witt and Michael Cavanaugh’s epic short ‘!!RENEGADE!!’ might not be your cup-of-tea. If you are looking for 4-minutes of action-packed, scantily-clad fun…you’re in for a treat.

Unravelling the Enigmatic Science Fiction Short film ‘Mouse-X’ with Writer/Director Justin Tagg

Listing ‘1984’, ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’, ‘The Matrix’, ‘Primer’ and ‘The Third Man’ as just some of the works that have influenced its creation, Justin Tagg’s joins us to talk about his stunning short film ‘Mouse-X’

Tobias Stretch & HAUSCHKA combine to make a music video of real emotion & beauty.

With a back catalogue of music videos which lists Radiohead and Efterklang as collaborators, Director/Animator/Sculptor Tobias Stretch has become somewhat of a go-to-man when it comes to unique, stand-out music videos. Lending his distinct vision to track ‘Craco’ from German pianist HAUSCHKA, the two artists come to together to create a real piece of beauty and emotion – something not often seen in the world of music videos.

Watch all 4 shorts from Alan Becker’s ‘Animator vs. Animation’ series

With his 4 shorts from the ‘Animator vs. Animation’ series clocking up over 10-million views on YouTube, to say ‘Alan Becker’s’ comedic tale of an artist battling with his stickman creation has been an online success would be somewhat of understatement. Recently releasing the fourth instalment of his ever-popular series, we take a look at his latest story, along with his 3 previous short films.