Loom: A Visual Metaphor for Nature’s Cruel Cycle of Life and Death

Loom: A Visual Metaphor for Nature’s Cruel Cycle of Life and Death

Loom is a brilliant, award-winning five-minute CGI short film, made by students at the German design and storytelling collective Polynoid. Blending a variety of aesthetic and cultural influences, Polynoid’s multifaceted creative vision is nourished by interests in graffiti, nature, graphic novels, science and philosophy. With a rich observational eye for detail, Polynoid has established a strong visual language all of its own. Polynoid’s narrative technique combines new forms of storytelling with a shared interest in progressive sound design to create a minimalist, photo-real and abstract sensory experience.

Loom won The Best In Show at Siggraph, 2010, and just recently won the Best Animated Movie Award at Sehsüchte 2011 in Potsdam, Germany. Loom explores natural causal cycles through the visual metaphor of a moth caught in a spider’s web. The story of the moth’s drowning reveals a larger range of thematic concerns  about life and death from a tale told on a micro scale. The full-version of the film is presented below:

Loom: A Visual Metaphor for Nature’s Cruel Cycle of Life and Death

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Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

Matatoro is a gorgeous, delightfully weird animated short film directed by Mauro Carraro, Raphaël Calamote, Jérémy Pasquet, students at France’s Supinfocom. The directors describe their work as a reinvention and reinterpretation of the hermetic world of the bullfighting: the fighter, the bull, and the audience. They continue upon the Supinfocom studio’s theme of experimenting with the normally clean features of 3-D and adopting water-color aesthetics, seen in films like the recent Oscar-nominated Madagascar.

Matatoro is marvelously strange; it’s surreal, impressionistic, maybe even psychoanalytic. If a prerequisite of great art is in some sense inscrutability, then this animated short is certainly one of the most artistic of recent French student animations.

Matatoro: The Hermetic World of Bullfighting and Its Public

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