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Borrowed Time

Oh Pixar. I thought lots of films had amazing cinematography and aesthetics but this short has so much reality as well as all that, in its story and image, it took my breath away.

For the longest time, we all thought we would never see a Disney studio going anywhere near adult territory, and yet here we are. I’m all in for Pixar trying adult themes.

Ok I’m more than in, I would pay good money to see that happen.

Looking around on the net, I found some very interesting videos. It seems I’m not the only one going crazy over this little film. “Why We Made Borrowed Time” is the creators explaining why they wanted to try a more adult story. After such positive feedback I am really hoping they will take that experiment a step further.

To be honest, with the way animation has invaded moving pictures in general, with technology making computer generated images more real, it’s only a matter of time for reality to invade even the most children-friendly of companies and mix things up. The line between live action and animation is already blurry, European studios and advertising companies have made the blend already; it’s only a question of if the Disney/Pixar directors want to take the marketing risk.

Unfortunately, given the shaky times we are living (and taking Marvel as an example), I’d say the Walt Disney Company is not into risk-taking at present. Which is sad, because difficult times call for some daring moves, but if the big boys want to leave those for the independent filmmakers, who am I to judge? Small companies and even individual creators have after all been greatly liberated with the recent technological advancements and the next few decades will probably be the most productive in cinematic history.

To conclude, it’s nice to see how far we can take really take things, even if it’s only through a 6 minute film. Enjoy!

 

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The Good Dinosaur

Hi everyone! A happy new year with -hopefully- less crazy weather. Winter is finally catching up with us. Having a spring-like weather in December is disconcerting and even though it is not prudent to wish for cold with so many people in need, I feel safer when it doesn’t feel like spring in December.

Now, back to our present subject. I was so happy when I saw that Disney-Pixar had another new film ready to be releashed, in such a short time after Inside Out. Of course I was super excited and watched it with the first chance I got. I expected the poor plot – come on, you can only make one masterpiece of a movie at a time- but for me, the amaaazing scenery was enough compensation for my time. Such beautiful landscapes, marvelous shots and fabulously lit, it was a piece of art. It had a cute enough storyline to maintain suspension of disbelief and I suppose it is interesting enough for children (although a bit dark) to make it a decent enough movie. With unbelievably beautiful and realistic landscapes.

I was so calm after the end, just watching the backgrounds and breathing. It made me a bit sorry to see how badly it has been reviewed, so I decided to give it a shot and restore at least a bit of the film’s reputation. Watch it and I hope you will agree with me.

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None of That

Amazing short suggested by an amazing friend who will be leaving the country soon and will be very much missed.

It’s a funny short which is a good thing because humour is always appreciated.

As the museum closes, a security guard has an unusual encounter that he will probably never forget! Created by the talented team of Anna Hinds Paddock, Isabela Littger de Pinho, and Kriti Kaur! For more information, please see the details and links below:

Production time for this particular project took about three semesters to complete, and they used mostly Photoshop for all of the pre-production, we used Maya for the animation/rigging, Zbrush for modeling/texturing, RenderMan RIS for lighting/rendering; Nuke for post processing, and Premiere for editing.

A Film by:
Anna Hinds Paddock
Isabela Littger de Pinho
Kriti Kaur
Music by:
Corey Wallace
Produced at:
Ringling College of Art + Design

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Christmas-y

I searched and searched for something with a good Christmas feel to it but nothing stood out. That is, until I stumbled across this small Christmas miracle. Dark humour is always the best, I had a good laugh with this one. Plus I didn’t even know this awesome poem of Neil Gaiman existed. A good bonus. Enjoy!

Nicholas Was…

older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.

Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves’ invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.

Ho. Ho. Ho.

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Death Fails

This is an animated short recommended by my animation teacher for inspiration on the subject of death. I had an idea in my head and she wanted to prove to me that you can grab the most macabre of subjects and turn it into something funny, or original, or sarcastic of whatever you want, as long as that’s what you want to say. You have to follow many roads to get to the same spot, in order to find which one suits you most.

So that is my journey these days. This video is a part of it and I found it very refreshing. I hope you will share the same fascination and laugh at the games of fate in this short like I did. Enjoy!

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Must see

I both love and hate this short film. It is without a doubt one of the best works of animation I have ever seen. It is flawless in every respect. But it is so deeply disturbing. I just can’t ignore the fact that I can hardly watch the last few minutes. Nevertheless it is a film worth seeing. Let me note here that it is a Polish film.

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Artificial Paradise, Inc.

There is a perfection in the way this short animation has been made that I just couldn’t ignore. I’m not going to say how extraordinary the 3D graphics are, but even though I wasn’t impressed the first time I watched it some years ago this time I was amazed by it’s rythm and of course by the terrifying message it delivers. Enjoy!

Artificial Paradise, Inc is an experimental film anticipating a future where a major corporation has developed an unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten…what is he searching for?

Production : Condor & Jean-Paul Frenay
Director / editor / compositing : Jean-Paul Frenay
Main 3D artist / compositing : Sandro Paoli
3D artists : Sylvain Jorget and Sébastien Desmet
Additional 3D operators : Otto Heinen and Okke Voerman
Sound Design : Seal Phüric feat. Neptunian8

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Disney Week Day 2: Draaaaaawing

This is why I love these people, honestly. These small documentaries are awesome, not only because we get a glimpse out of how they make all those wonderful films,, but I think because we can see the face of the artists, the people who actually make the films. And we can realise that it’s them making it all absolutely perfect. That not all we see on screen is a multi billion dollar corporation who brought Hanna Montana into the world. So watch this one, which I think is beautiful, and if you have time go to youtube and watch the rest of them too! They only last for a couple of minutes each.

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Happy belated new year everybody!

I don’t know about you guys but it seems to me like it’s been a year since january 1st. The ending of the semester and the workload that follows it has worn me down badly. But anyway, this is a post for a happy-happy story from Germany, where a 22 year old college student impressed Hollywood with his excellent 3D sci-fi short film called R’ha. It already has the air of Hollywood, the graphics and directing are first class. Lets give our best wishes to this guy! Enjoy!

Oh I visited his blog, obviously, the man has gone where few men have gone before, he has some great artwork, (you should probably go and see it) and I read this: ” I only didn´t actually consider it [getting in the cinema/graphics bussiness] because I thought in Germany you can pretty much forget about movies”. Come on man get real, some of the best movies out there are German.

 

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