Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Video short animated film "Unlocked" by Tahnee Gehm

Watch "Unlocked" 3:13 minute story about when a spirit key is hatched, the birth of spirit key is a rare phenomenon. The spirit key helps heal and uplift the key people ... with the exception of one boy who misunderstands the gift of inner light and personal power.

Directed by Tahnee Gehm
Character Animator Student film from CalArts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Video short animated film "Can We Be Happy Now" by Tahnee Gehm

Watch "Can We Be Happy Now" 2:40 minute love story about a man in a grey drab world who awakens to the beauty and happiness of the real world around him. As he dreams, the Spirits of Nature take him on an adventure from which he awakens more fully conscious of life - the simple joy in the world around him, and within his Self.

Directed by Tahnee Gehm   
Student film from CalArts   
2012 Student Annie Award nominee

Video short animated film "No Robots" directed by Kimberly Knoll and Yunghan Chang 張永翰

Watch "No Robots" 5:42 minute story about senseless fear and redemption - love and family. The media stirs Demonstrators to protest in the street to outlaw Robots. A Cafe Owner dutifully hangs his "No Robots" sign on his door, but soon he is bothered by a troublesome tiny robot who is consistently stealing from him. One day the Cafe Owner chases after the Robot and gets lucky - he blindly tries to capture the Robot, and then he blindly takes revenge.

The Cafe Owner's luck is that his blindness is revealed to him, and the light that shines on his ignorance also reveals the irrational short-sighted conclusions he mindlessly jumped to ... he learns to not believe everything he reads and is told about others. We do not live in isolation from each other, he learns that to hurt another is to also hurt others - to hurt one other is to also hurt one's Self.

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

A student film from San Jose State University
Directed by Kimberly Knoll
Directed by Yunghan Chang 張永翰

Video short animated film "Memory" by Takehiro Nishikawa and Rika Endo

Watch "Memory" 7 minute story about love and family. A man who invents how to preserve his wife, while she is passing, in the form of data on a mountain of computers he builds. His brother and mother worry about the extremes he is going to, his health, well being and that he sold everything to finance his vision. His brother comes to confront him about taking greater care of himself, and the importance for the living to live for now. The cause of the argument creates effects in the man, and his preserved-data-live-streamed wife.

A student film made for CalArts 2014
Websites and Image Credits:  Takehiro Nishikawa and Rika Endo

Image Credits:  Takehiro Nishikawa and Rika Endo

Monday, April 28, 2014

Video short animated film "Life is Beautiful" directed by Ben Brand

Watch "Life is Beautiful" 8:30 minute animated short film about Anton, a man who believes he is done with life, but life is not done with Anton. Convinced he must change his measly existence, he makes a life-ending decision - the only thing that alters is Anton's discovery of the real greatness of life.

The question what will happen after we die is one that the director of this film, and many others on this world, ask on a regular basis. Do humans "will our Earthly transition" on to an Other experience of Existence? Is there a Next existence?

Do people lead their life waiting for, and believing, what comes Next is more important or powerful than Now?

Ben Brand, the director of this "Life Is Beautiful" plays with his belief in reincarnation to simulate a recreational story ... he reanimates the question and answer to the eternally perplexing creation of humans, and what makes them human - the strength and fragility of their humanity.

Directed by Ben Brand

Made at Fube animation studio, "Life is Beautiful" was made with support of the Netherlands Film Fund and the NTR. It was part of the NTR SHORT! competition that premiered at the Netherlands Film Festival 2013 in Utrecht.

Image Credits, Production Designs, PreVis, Storyboards and Team Photos

Video short animated film "Cupid" / "Cupidon" directed by Simon Bau, Clémentine Choplain, Marie Ecarlat, Benoît Huguet, Julien Soulage

Watch "Cupid" / "Cupidon" 7:30 minute animated short film about Cupid on a bad day, turning love for another person into a profound love of one's Self - and turning love of one's Self into love for another. Cupid gets distracted, tries to fix his problem, goes for the quick fix, then has to start all over again with four times as many complications to his original problem. The moral of this tale, creating with honesty and integrity makes life simpler ... especially when LOVE is involved.

Directed by Simon Bau, Clémentine Choplain, Marie Ecarlat, Benoit Huguet and Julien Soulage. Original Soundtrack by Damien Deshayes.

Produced as a student film at ESMA School of Arts specializing in animation and special effects located in Montpellier France - Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques de Montpellier.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video short animated film "The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus" by Marius Herzog

Watch "The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus" 12:12 minute film. Before the beginning of time, night after night, Mr. Rêvus prepares the dreams of mankind. During his nightly routine, one momentous mistake occurs creating the dawn of a big adventure. The story is about friendship, hope and how our dream world can be shattered by accident …

Filmmaker's Statement:
"The challenge of this film project was to reproduce the entire production process of an animated 3D short film by myself including story development, concept design, modelling, rigging, directing, editing, animating, rendering and finally compositing."

HD Cinemascope student graduation film, produced at the Georg-Simon-Ohm Hochschule – University Of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg, Germany

PreVis and Production Breakdowns

Direction, Story, Animation etc. - Marius Herzog
Compositing - Tobias Wiesner (Lead), Marius Herzog
Sound - Lars Fischer
Music Composer - Simon Scharf student at the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg
Music Conductor - Guido Johannes Rumstadt
Music Recording - Toni Hinterholzinger
Orchestra - Orchestra of HfM Nürnberg Narrator - Melanie Kurhan
Narration text - Melanie Kurhan,Thomas Beyerlein, Marius Herzog

Video short animated film "Mortys" directed by Gaëlle Lebegue, Aurélien Ronceray-Peslin, Mathieu Vidal and Nicolas Villeneuve

Watch "Mortys" 7 minute short animated film depicting the 21st Century emotional and generational gap between a Mother who is Death, and Son who is her apprentice to the traditional old way of supporting people transition from their body into the next world. When Mother Death resists her Son's attempts to introduce new ways, hi-tech short cuts to ease death - her son's enthusiasm for new technology alters more than he imagined.

Video "Making of - 1" and Video "Making of - 2"

Mortys is directed by Gaëlle Lebegue, Aurélien Ronceray-Peslin, Mathieu Vidal and Nicolas Villeneuve

Produced as a student film at ESMA School of Arts specializing in animation and special effects located in Montpellier France - Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques de Montpellier.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Video short animated film "Sintel" directed by Colin Levy with The Blender Foundation and The DURIAN OPEN MOVIE Project (Free 2K/4K download)

15 minute short science-fiction-fantasy digital-animated film about a Woman, a Dragon and a Shaman and the only failure, being, the failure to see. "Sintel" is a piece of glowing coal or metal - it glows brightly, burns, and then becomes ash.

The film begins with a woman, Sintel, being attacked while traveling through a wintery mountainside. After defeating her attacker and taking his spear, she finds refuge in a Shaman's hut.

The Shaman asks Sintel why she's travelling, and she confesses she's looking for a Dragon, leading into a flashback ... Sintel was a homeless loner, looking for food when she discovered an injured baby Dragon. She nursed him back to health and named him Scales, the two quickly formed an emotional bond. One day while Scales was flying he was captured by an adult Dragon. Determined to get him back, Sintel began the long and dangerous journey that led her to the Shaman's hut.

Watch "Sintel" on vimeo

Watch or Download "Sintel" for free in 2K, 4K or lesser resolution

40 Language Subtitles available

More about the film and Official website

Video: "Making Of" and Videos of Recording, Acting and Choreography Sessions

Full Credits
Directed by Colin Levy
Produced by Ton Roosendall
Written by Esther Wouda
Music by Jan Morgenstern
Distributor Blender Foundation
Starring Halina Reijn
Starring Thom Hoffman

Video short film "The Secret Number" directed by Colin Levy

Watch "The Secret Number" 15 minute short science-fiction'ish psychological drama based on the short story by Igor Teper called THE SECRET NUMBER. A man's world is thrown into question. Psychiatrist Simon Tomlin (Daniel Jones) has a troubling conversation with one of his patients - a brilliant mathematician named Ersheim (Tom Nowicki), who intends to prove the existence of a secret integer between three and four. Ersheim's delusion compels Tomlin to dig deeper, but he only uncovers more questions -- about fate, connection… the nature of reality. .

Directed by Colin Levy.
Created over 2 years by filmmaker team at Savannah College of Art and Design

Music by Jan Morgenstern
Video "Making of"
Video "VFX Breakdown"
Video "Previs comparion"