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].
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.
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!!!!
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.
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’
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.
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.
On its 100th anniversary, The Great Martian War tells the story of the catastrophic events and unimaginable horrors of 1913-17, when Humankind was pitted against a savage Alien invasion. With powerful and detailed First World War parallels, The Great Martian War fuses sci-fi fantasy with specialist factual history to explore the real-world tragedies and unique horror of World War One.
A conveyor belt of prospective suitors attempt to woo a beautiful woman in Dugan O’Neal’s funk-filled promo for Chromeo track ‘Old 45’s’ – keep an eye out for cameo’s from Haim and Jon Heder.
Recently selected for Vimeo’s curation of Toronto International Film Festival shorts, we speak to director Ray Wong about his science-fiction short film ‘Burnt Grass’