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Cool Stuff: The Dark

In The Dark, a teenager keeps hearing scary noises while trying to fall asleep. This short was produced by NMtrix, which according to their website, is looking to do a full series based off of this pilot episode. It’s not an amazing short, but it is cute. I liked the way they played with shadow, […]

Cool Stuff: Space Alone

Space Alone was created by Ilias Sounas, illustrator, designer and animator. In this short, we meet a space alien with one more day available in his quest to find life. There’s not a whole lot of actual animation in this, but the shots are well-framed, the backgrounds are gorgeous and the character designs are cheek-pinching […]

Cool Stuff: Après la Pluie

If you haven’t seen this short yet, you’re in for a treat. Après la Pluie teaches us the dangers of fishing with bananas. This short was created by the team of  Charles-André Lefebvre, Manuel Tanon-Tchi, Louis Tardivier, Sébastien Vovau and Emmanuelle Walker as their final project as students of Gobelins. Enjoy! Après la Pluie ©2008Gobelins from Emmanuelle […]

Cool Stuff: Alma

When I was 4 years old, I saw the Twilight Zone episode, Living Doll and it screwed with my tiny, little noggin’. I kid you not when I say it scared the hell out of me. My grandmother had bought me “life-size” doll earlier. After viewing that show I stopped playing with it (just to […]

Cool Stuff: The Nature of Battle

Here’s a short from Emily Carr University of Art and Design graduate, Nat Dart. So far as environmental propaganda goes, this one was fairly enjoyable. It uses well-thought out shots, shadows and muted colors to convey the stark, war torn landscape. Biplanes fly overhead. The music lulls you into a relaxed state and then yanks you […]

Cool Stuff: C Block

C Block was done as Vladimir Kooperman’s 4th year project at Sheridan. Love the music.  Nice pacing. Consistent animation. Adorable dog. Hijinks ensue as the aforementioned pooch loses his only possession, a doll, and is drafted into a canine kamikaze squad.

Cool Stuff: Two By Two

2008 Sheridan graduate, Matthew Kalinauskas, animated Two By Two as his final year project. It’s a cute short that pits the ever-prepared Noah against significantly less detail-oriented captain of Yeti Cruises. The story loosely mirrors that of the fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper and the minimalist approach to color, limited animation and character […]

Cool Stuff: Witches Brew

Witches Brew takes us briefly into the lives and hut of a witch and her apprentice. I wasn’t supremely impressed by the short. The animation seemed a little stiff, but the character designs were cute and the sight gag at the end made it worth it. This short was created by Gergana Hristova, a student […]

Cool Stuff: Mundo Mudo

Mundo Mudo is a music video that teaches us that a stick figure man can be a glutton and kind of a jerk too. After (I suppose) a really bad day, stick figure man begins eating non-stop and then grows quite large. What’s one to do when that happens? Why, devour a city, of course. […]

Cool Stuff: Voltage

In Voltage, robots prove that by working together, we can all reach a common goal. Except that sometimes working together causes power surges and everyone explodes. C’est la vie. Directed by Filippe Lyra and William Paiva of Bam Studios, this short features some very cool robot designs and some sweet animation. Voltage from Bam Studio […]

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