Bird: Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

Bird: Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

Bird is an astonishing, thought-provoking 2 1/2-minute short film by the photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman.  His short film High Falls won the award for Best Short Narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2007.  Bird captures its subjects through a contemporary and minimalist approach, with each bird showcased on a background of pure white that illuminates its color and plumage in a way that is rarely ever seen.

One reviewer wrote, “The birds, from the intimacy of the very small to the majesty of the very large, acquire a transcendental dignity, each one becoming a god in its own universe. The powerful white light transfers its own intensity to the birds and transforms them into mythical objects of paradise, newly resplendent in all their colors.

Bird: Resplendent Birds on Glorious Pure White

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The Third & The Seventh: An Architectural Dreamscape

The Third & The Seventh: An Architectural Dreamscape

The Third & The Seventh is an artistic, soulful full-CG animated short film by Alex Roman.  The film illustrates architectural art from a photographic point of view, where the main subjects are already-built spaces, sometimes in an abstract way, sometimes surreal.  It’s the Avatar of the unheralded archviz genre, a video design niche that produces visualizations of architectural projects for firms and developers.

The film is an exploration of architectural design that exploits the freedom of 3D virtual space, treating the viewer to a new and magnificent way of appreciating one of the most heralded of arts.  The somewhat ambiguous title refers to a philosophy of aesthetics that proclaims architecture and cinema as the third and seventh pillars of art respectively.

There isn’t any plot, but the film is quite the piece of eye candy!

The Third & The Seventh: An Architectural Dreamscape

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All that is Solid Melts into the Air: Why is this So Good? Why??

All that is Solid Melts into the Air: Why is this So Good? Why??

All that is solid,
turns into dust.

All that is Solid Melts into the Air is a 1-minute short film that was directed, designed and animated by Marco Vinicio Morales at Kult Nation.  Morales describes the film as a visual and poetic journey influenced by art, design, architecture and photography.  It illustrates a process whereby under the violent irruption of forms and structures, everything flows towards a constant evolution.

All that is Solid Melts into the Air: Why is this So Good? Why??

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Invent: An Orchestral Symphony Conducted by Computer Workstations

Invent: An Orchestral Symphony Conducted by Computer Workstations

Invent is an animated 1 1/2 min. short film created by Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth for the  2009 D&AD Student Awards, sponsored by Hewlett Packard.  The theme of the competition was to present an idea promoting the computer workstation’s ability to bring to life whatever the creative mind might conceive.  Invent created a synchronization of printers, which became an orchestra in a grand aesthetic symphony conducted by the computer workstations.  Music in the film is Hold Me Back by the Round Table Knights.  Printer party anyone?

Invent: An Orchestral Symphony Conducted by Computer Workstations

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Mindplotter: Dueling States of Hardcore Metallic Brutality vs. Peaceful Inspiration

Mindplotter: Dueling States of Hardcore Metallic Brutality vs. Peaceful Inspiration

Mindplotter (2007) is a 1/2 min. hardcore animated motion design short film by Directors Ilija Brunck, Jan Bitzera and Tom Weber, with sound/music by dAdA iNN and Roman Jungblut. Mindplotter received an Honorary Mention Award at the 2008 Ars Electronica. The directors are part of the Polynoid collaborative of digital workers; other animated short films by Polynoid filmmakers reviewed and posted here previously have included: Jangwa! (2005), 458nm (2006) and FlapFlap (2009).

Of special note is the acclaimed animated motion graphic short film 458nm, which has received more than thirteen awards at international film festivals. 458nm has been described as one of the most darkly savage films, both literally and figuratively, ever seen in any extra-terrestrial movie. The action in 458nm is performed by two biochemical snails who have dual characteristics: they are authentically organic in their behavior, but mechanical in their appearance. Seen from his perspective, Mindplotter is a precursor to 458nm, a harbinger of the aggressively dark, hardcore approach in some modern motion design films.

The directors describe Mindplotter as a symbol for what they believe is the essence of the creative process for every filmmaker in the field of animation. For them, the act of emerging creativity involves being able to switch between two stages, inspiration and creation. In Mindplotter emerging creativity is portrayed as both organic and mechanical, soft and hard, relaxed in the inspirational state of mind and brutal in the act of plotting and carrying out new artistic ideas. In the film, creativity is represented as the duality and interpenetration of internal and outer worlds, consisting of both the beauty of a sea creature and the menacing violence generated by a metallic fighting machine. Mindplotter conceives of creativity as the mutual interaction of peaceful introspection with aggressive acts into the external world, violently and destructively staking its claims to artistic innovation.

However, while it professes to understand creativity as a mutually interactive duality, rather than in terms of polar opposite states, the film’s view of artistic creativity as one that aggressively establishes itself by destroying the old order of things is in fact a polarized one. Mindplotter disregards the many possibilities of more peaceful declarations of creative discovery. In this way, the film fails to pay attention to or recognize the fact that by choosing to go down one road, the course of dark and destructive aggressiveness, there were an infinite number of other paths not taken, paths that might well have turned out to be as good or even better.

Mindplotter: Dueling States of Hardcore Metallic Brutality vs. Peaceful Inspiration

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Jangwa!: Innocent, Bereft Little Meerkats Confront the Desert’s Dangerous Unknown!

Jangwa!: Innocent, Bereft Little Meerkats Confront the Desert’s Dangerous Unknown!

Jangwa! is a very clever animated short film by Ilija Brunck and Jan Bitzer, which was a Nominee for the German 2006 Baden-Württemberg Award for Best Animated Short Film. In the film, a group of curious little meerkats are quietly standing atop a stone ridge, surveying the desert below them as the sun rises. Suddenly, a strange danger is seen rapidly approaching toward the tiny meerkats from the barren desert below them. The innocent, meek little meerkats stand up in a straight line, one behind the other, all looking in the same direction to protect one another. A sense of great expectant suspense builds as the huge, menacing dangerous, nasty-looking creature rises up right before them, and then….

Jangwa!: Innocent, Bereft Little Meerkats Confront the Desert’s Dangerous Unknown!

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FlapFlap: Don’t Crap Around With The Wrong Guys!

FlapFlap: Don’t Crap Around With The Wrong Guys!

FlapFlap (2009) is the newest short-short animated film by Tom Weber, Ilija Brunck and Jan Bitzer. The film started out as a protest by its creators against what they feel is the rather strange selection process that some festivals have for short films. It turned out to become a small, but detailed vision of what can happen if you mess around with the wrong guys. Their protest led to the idea of creating a strange, but highly detailed world in which two birds take a big dump on someone’s head. FlapFlap’s a great little example of wished-for dark, macabre revenge. If you’re into (crappy) toilet humor you’ll have yourself a good laugh.

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