Paths of Hate

This excellent short film comes from the Polish studio Platige Image that brought to us Fallen Art. Its a story about the wrongness of war, told through the fight between two WWII pilots.

It is with no dialogue, but with very telling music that will bring you chills. The technique of 3D graphics turned into 2D aesthetics is unique (but with elements that will remind you of the studio’s identity) and for anyone interested there is a video with a presentation by one of the creators of the film explaining how it was achieved. I found it very interesting and extremely helpful for my own 3D-turned-2D project. Enjoy!

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French Simpson couch gag by Sylvain Chomet

You guys know Sylvain Chomet. He is the genious behind L’illusionniste and Les triplettes de Belleville. He has also been honored with the making of an alternate couch scene for The Simpsons intro.

I love everything about this bit. Especially the self-deprecating humour, always a favourite. I also love Sylvain Chomet’s look into the world and the human nature. There’s always a sense of nostalgia mixed with a very critical eye towards people and society that observes and describes with no judgement. Just honest understanding and yet beauty in every shot and expression. He draws his characters with love, he sees people with a need to decode and portray, not to judge, I think. Love him, love him, love him.

Don’t forget to check out the making of!

Stressed

I feel this short film deep in my core. Being a person tormented by anxiety bouts when things spiral out of my control, I can understand the world described here very well. And how artistic and unique, the world being portrayed here, is. Give it a moment, for the technique to work its way into your head, and you will be swept right into it.

Also, hands down excellent craftsmanship. With only coloured pencils and paper, animation at its most basic form.

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith In Cinema

This video is exactly what it says. It’s a montage of shots from many films with amazing cinematography. It’s  a lesson in great editing and it is going to captivate you for sure. Enjoy!

I’m such a good person I have found a list of all the films shown here. They are listed below if you are interested, along with the cinematographers’ name.
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Carmen

Excellent technique with a strong message, given to us in a somewhat disturbing way. I laughed and loved the twitter bird caricature at first. When the film was done I was not laughing anymore. I still loved the caricature. It’s the animator inside me, I can’t control it.

Music video by Stromae performing carmen. (C) 2015 Mosaert