Thursday, 30 September 2010

Kahani. Final Year student film (Meg Park)

From Cartoon Brew:

"Kahani is short film created by student Meg Park in her final year at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Park definitely shows talent in color design, effects and pacing – in some ways her making-of video is more inspiring than the finished film."

Making of video here:

> Production Blog
> Personal Website

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Disney Amiga Animation Software, 1990

In 1990 this was the future! Interesting stuff though, I had an Amiga for years and never heard of this software, perhaps it was never commercially released...

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Salesman Pete

Thatnks for this Chris! This is a bit special. Following up from an earlier post, the full version of this highly polished student short film is now online.

I can't help but feel that with a more coherent story this would be an instant classic, like French Roast. As it is, it's visually stunning with some great action sequences, but gets a little lost in the flashy editing at key points which leaves you wondering what's going on.

Take nothing from the achievement though, great work from all involved and clearly worked by a talented and passionate team.

View their other project, "Meet Buck", on their promo website:

Friday, 17 September 2010


I saw this by chance at the Cambridge Film Festival last night. After the film I heard a lot of interesting comparisons; lost in translation with extra terrestrials, Close Encounters of the Third Kind for starters. Personally I felt it was to Cloverfield what Contact was to Independence Day; a quietly paced, thought-provoking film, far from the action-horror which the trailer portrays.

I'd actually strongly suggest not watching the trailer or reading reviews as spoilers abound, just watch it for yourself. It'll divide opinion as a film, but it shows just what can me achieved on a limited budget with a little imagination. There's a sense of atmosphere and spectacle to this that transcends a lot of recent flashy blockbuster set pieces. I loved it.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

iPad Light Painting

Inventive use of the iPad to extrude stop-motion type 'into' 3d space.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Il etait une fois (Benjamin Lacombe)

Lovely animated promo for this French Illustrator's pop-up book depicting various fairtales.