Monday, January 31, 2011

Le Balayeur, Serge Elissalde, 1990

The good news is...There are subtitles!

The bad news is... They're in Spanish.

The good news is... You probably don't really need them.

The best news is... it's a cartoon. Watch the cartoon.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Thomas Beale Cipher, Andrew Allen, 2010

Using pioneering animation techniques to create a look never seen on film before, his 10-minute award-winning film tells the true legend of history's most challenging cipher. Professor White, cryptographer extraordinaire, is on the trail of the notoriously uncrackable Thomas Beale cipher—a century-old riddle hiding the location of a fortune in gold that has tormented its pursuers since inception. But White is not alone—shadowy forces are tight on his tail.

The film contains 16 hidden messages that reveal the larger story at play. Eight are fairly easy and require only a close eye. Six are moderately difficult using various encryption methods. Two are extremely difficult and will require a genius mind to decrypt.

If you have a genius mind (and I will assume you must, seeing as how you have such impeccable taste in entertainment) and wanna do this, knock yourself out. I'm a bit daft, myself, so I'm just gonna enjoy the pretty pictures.

If you DO figure it out, feel free to brag to us in the comments, genius.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day and Night, Teddy Newton , 2010

Day and Night is a nominee for the Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Here's an HQ preview:

And here's a less HQ version of the whole thing.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ryan, Chris Landreth, 2004

Chris Landreth's short animated interview with gifted animator Ryan Larkin.

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, 2005.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hidavatas, Marcell Jankovics, 1969

Thanks to Chris for this gem, and for generally being informative and cool.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Goofy Goat, Ted Eshbaugh, 1931

This cartoon was originally made in two color Technicolor, but no color print is known to exist.
Official Films offered 16mm B+W prints of it in the 40's and changed the name to 'Goofy Goat Antics'.
- zootsmcgurn

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sensology, Michel Gagne, 2010

Sensology is a short animated film by Michel Gagné that visualizes in abstract form, an improvised musical session by two leaders of the avant-guarde jazz movement, Paul Plimley (piano) and Barry Guy (bass). The music was recorded on November 9th, 1995, at the Western Front in Vancouver, Canada

To me, it brings to mind the work of Norman McLaren.

It's also on the short list of possible Academy Award nominees. Good luck!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Train of Thought, Leo Bridle and Ben Thomas, 2010

Train of Thought is Leo Bridle and Ben Thomas's graduation film from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

Although we used digital compositing software, all the animation and models were done by hand, not with CGI. The film took approximately 9 months to complete, from storyboards through to the final edit.