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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Photos of the Day: The Audacious Jumping Office Visitor

Photos of the Day: The Audacious Jumping Office Visitor

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes

Yikes…this is just plain terrifying!  Joseph O. Holmes, the photographer who shot these three pictures, says that he found this thing roaming around in his office, a scary Phidippus Audax to be specific.  The first and second shots were taken on the glass door to the outside, lighting it from underneath.  These really are stunning photographs, amazing depth and lighting.  You can see all  of the eyes, and the hairs on its legs almost seem to glow.  I sure don’t think I would have had the guts to take these shots if I found something like this monster crawling around in my office.  Amazing!

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Spider: A Slightly Warped Love Story With Untold Consequences

Spider: A Slightly Warped Love Story With Untold Consequences

Spider is a 9-minute action-thriller short film by Australian filmmaker Nash Edgerton. The acclaimed short was shot on location in Sydney, featuring Nash himself and the rising star of the Australian film scene, Mirrah Foulkes. Spider has played at over 60 film festivals around the world and won 19 awards, including awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Indianapolis International Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.

This clever black-comedy brings a whole new meaning to the old-age adage,”It’s all fun and games until someone loses and eye.” It seems like just an ordinary day for this young Australian couple. Sure, they’ve had a bit of a row, but some flowers and chocolates should patch-up all that. Then they should be able to move on and continue like normal, right? Well, if you’re anarachnophobic , you may want to sit tight and hang on to your seat as this one winds its way toward a bizarre, unexpected plot twist. Spider’s final, rather macabre twist? Well now, you’ll just have to ask Little Miss Muffet about that!

Spider: A Slightly Warped Love Story With Untold Consequences

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