L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssee de Cartier is a dazzling 3 1/2-minute CGI short film directed by Bruno Aveillan, which was nearly two years in the making with a team of 50 people. The original score for L’Odyssee de Cartier was composed and arranged by renowned orchestrator Pierre Adenot and recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios; special effects were created by Digital District.

The movie, showcasing Cartier’s standout creativity and innovation, centers around the iconic Cartier Panthere traveling around the world in search of inspiration. The diamond encrusted Panthere comes to life after the lights go down in Cartier’s Paris flagship store and then takes an intricate CGI journey around the world, visiting Russian royals taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, then conversing with a dragon that becomes the Great Wall of China, and then encountering one of India’s famous roving palaces (on top of an elephant) before being flown back to France by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aviation pioneer for whom the Cartier Santos wrist watch is named.

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

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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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The Backwater Gospel: The Undertaker’s Shadow Grimly Creeps Across the Floor

The Backwater Gospel: The Undertaker’s Shadow Grimly Creeps Across the Floor

The Backwater Gospel is a frighteningly macabre, gloriously original animated short film directed by Bo Mathhorne, with a team of students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark. The Backwater Gospel is a visual knockout, drenched in grim atmosphere as it tells the story of a town’s growing sense of panic and mayhem, as it awaits the arrival of death’s grim reaper. Now, as long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. But one day that grim promise fails, and unbearable tension builds as the God-fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.

The Backwater Gospel: The Undertaker’s Shadow Grimly Creeps Across the Floor

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Kurzschluss: A Very Tragic Robot Love Story

Kurzschluss: A Very Tragic Robot Love Story

Kurzschluss (Short Circuit) is a delightful, bittersweet 3D-animated short film by German animators Miriam Frank, Georg Utz, and Xaver Xylophon.  The sad little animated short, which cleverly combines stop-motion and CGI, tells a very tragic robot love story.

Kurzschluss: A Very Tragic Robot Love Story

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LET’S REDU: Rethink, Reform, Rebuild Education

LET’S REDU: Rethink, Reform, Rebuild Education

REDU is a great 2-minute CGI animated short film by Hunter Gatherer, which assumes a civic role by lauding efforts toward American education reform.  As usual, they make it look easy, but think again.  Looks can be deceiving.  While the informative, production shows signs of simplicity, the reality was quite complex.  With over 1,000 woodcut blocks, the labor intensive setup, staying true to the Hunter Gatherer studio credo, remains rough and improvised.  Through the mature, restrained nature of the work, the visuals are thoughtfully simple, while its message is made to inform.

LET’S REDU: Rethink, Reform, Rebuild Education

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A Gentleman’s Duel: Crazed Noblemen, Gigantic Robots and Voluptuous Huge Boobs

A Gentleman’s Duel: Crazed Noblemen, Gigantic Robots and Voluptuous Huge Boobs

A Gentleman’s Duel is a hilarious, maniacal CGI short film created by Francisco Valasco and Sean McNally from the California visual effects studio Blur.  At a wealthy Lady’s grand Manor, the elegantly dressed woman with bounteous décolletage is zealously courted by two crazed gentlemen.  A genteel afternoon tea party at the Lady’s Manor quickly degenerates into a full-fledged duel between the two competing aristocrats, both of whom are outfitted with steam-driven gargantuan-sized, fully loaded armored mecha-suits.  Destruction reigns supreme throughout the Manor and its gardens, as the two horny psycho-noblemen tear up the Lady’s property in their efforts to win her “boobies.”  A gentleman’s lust for life is never to be questioned unless, of course, it involves fierce dueling in Goliath-sized mechanical jumpsuits in a bloodthirsty quest to win the Lady’s voluptuous boobies.  Will there be a last man standing?  And what about the poor damsel?

A Gentleman’s Duel: Crazed Noblemen, Gigantic Robots and Voluptuous Huge Boobs

Slide Show: A Gentleman’s Duel/Crazed Noblemen, Gigantic Robots and Voluptuous Boobs

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A Back to School Extravaganza: The Classroom (3D Camera Flythrough)

A Back to School Extravaganza: The Classroom (3D Camera Flythrough)

Classroom (3D Camera Flythrough) is a 3D computer generated flythrough animation by Israel’s Studio Aiko.  This spectacular 3D classroom rendering is not a video of an actual classroom.  Classroom by Studio Aiko is an example of attention to detail and long hours of getting it right.  You can watch the video over and over just to see where or if they messed up.  Maybe a graphic element will be reversed or an object won’t be quite in line with its physical properties, but you probably won’t find anything.  With our current ability to produce ultra-realistic CGI, at what point will we go so far that we can no longer distinguish our realities?

Although the video itself is impressive, what really steals the show is Studio Aiko’s portfolio of amazing work.  From architectural fly-throughs to animated music videos this group is the whole package.

A Back to School Extravaganza: The Classroom (3D Camera Flythrough)

The Super Hot Movies Surrealistic Promo

Hot Movies Promo is another amazing 3D-CGI animation from Israel’s Studio Aiko, directed by Omry Hanegby.  As with Classroom, Hot Movies Promo is a magnificent, dazzling surrealist vision of augmented reality.

The Super Hot Movies Surrealistic Promo

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