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Cool Stuff: The Backwater Gospel

A local guitar-playing vagrant announces the coming of the Undertaker to the God-fearing congregation of the church in a backwater 1930′s Dust Bowl town. While the Undertaker waits patiently at the town square, the Minister riles the townspeople up and convinces them the tramp is the source of their distress and that his death will […]

Cool Stuff: Gnomon School

The Gnomon School of Visual Effects has released their 2011 Student Animation Work Compilation reel, featuring VFX creations from alumni who have worked on blockbuster films like “Green Lantern,” “TRON: Legacy” and “2012.” Check it out below! Student Animation Work Compilation 2011 from Gnomon School of Visual Effects on Vimeo.

Cool Stuff: The Saga of Biôrn

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In The Saga of Biôrn, an aging viking quests for an honorable death in battle so that he might be granted access to afterlife in Valhalla. It’s a gorgeous short that mixes CG with some 2D. The character designs manage to capture that perfect blend of surly, yet adorable. The animation is well done. The plot […]

Cool Stuff: Welcome to Jersey

Welcome to Jersey follows the adventures of suburban 8th Graders, Doug, Wiggy, Irv and Gus. In this episode, the Burger Kreep kidnaps the kids in a very specific model of van. The short (1 of 2 so far)  was created by John Hoyos, with the team of Stanton Cruse, Daniel Lim, Rafael Hurtado and Adriana Galvez. […]

Cool Stuff: David Couchariere - Animation Reel

Today we have an animation reel from David Couchariere! He attended university at Lycée technique des Arts et Métiers. Couchariere works at Dreamworks. Prior to that he was an animator at, Blue Sky. His filmography includes How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Flushed Away (2006), Ice Age : The Meltdown (2006) and Robots (2005). I enjoyed the skill he showed in both the […]

Cool Stuff: Summoner Geeks/Attacking the Darkness

Summoner was one of the launch titles released for the Playstation 2 in 2000. Though the game received favorable reviews, I did not like and never finished playing it. I do, however, have this game firmly embedded in my memory because of a brilliant little easter egg hidden in the credits. The team at Volition, […]

Cool Stuff: The Real Legend of Zelda 3

The Real Legend of Zelda is a series of parody shorts created by Jerry Padilla. The three shorts were created years apart and it’s fascinating to watch him evolve as an animator and director with each. The graphics in the third are noticeably better than the first two. The shots are well-framed and more complicated. […]

Cool Stuff: de Blob 2 - The Astronaut

It’s time for more cross-media video game fun! In The Astronaut, Blob visits the Graydian Employment Office to choose space as his career path. He immediately realizes his mistake as he’s attacked by mechanical arms and transported to a space station. He meets danger as he’s sent outside in a space suit with solar panels but […]

Cool Stuff: Final Fantasy A+

We’re going to keep it light on the blog with a video game themed week! Today’s Cool Stuff features the Final Fantasy A+ short, a tribute to the Final Fantasy universe. John Su created this as the final project for his high school Japanese class in 2003 and uploaded it to Newgrounds in 2004. It’s not […]

Cool Stuff: Alexis Wanneroy - Character Animation Reel

Are you up for watching an animation reel? I sure am! Today we’ll be looking at the work of character animator, Alexis Wanneroy. He graduated Gobelins in 2003 and is currently  working on Dreamworks’ Guardians. Wanneroy’s largely impressive filmography includes credits on Valiant (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Bee Movie (2007), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 […]

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