Thursday, April 29, 2010

The cathedral (2002)

The Cathedral (2002) - Tomek Baginski from Ludik on Vimeo.

The Cathedral (Polish: Katedra) is the title of a science fiction short story by Jacek Dukaj, winner of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award in 2000; and of a 2002 short animated movie by Tomasz Bagiński, based on the story. The film was nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the 75th Academy Awards. The movie won the title of Best Animated Short at Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio as well as several other awards.

The movie, made in 3ds max, focuses on a man who visits a mystical, organic building that looks like a medieval cathedral. As he walks through the immense structure, the light from his torch falls upon the pillars, revealing human faces. The viewer later realises that the faces are still alive, as several smile and open their eyes as the man walks past them. The building's nature is partially unveiled at sunrise as the blinding light enchants the visitor and causes organic branch-like structures to burst from his chest. These protrusions then become another set of pillars in the building.

Directed by     Tomasz Bagiński
Running time    6 min 28 sec
Language         no dialogue


Monday, April 26, 2010

Fallen Art (2004)

Ένα πολύ δυνατό σχόλιο, χωρίς λόγια, για την κοινωνία μας.

 Fallen Art (Polish Sztuka spadania) is the name of a 6-minute, animated short film written and directed by Tomasz Bagiński. It features Romanian band Fanfare Ciocarlia's song "Asfalt Tango."
In 2006 it received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)  Award.

El “Arte Caido”, creada por el director polaco Tomasz Bagiński, nominado al oscar por “The Cathedral”, es un cortometraje magnifico, el mejor comentario corto que he visto sobre nuestra sociedad.

Directed and   
Written by            Tomasz Bagiński   
Music by              Fanfare Ciocărlia
Release date(s)     2004
Running time         6 minutes
Country                Poland

Oficial site fallen-art

Monday, April 19, 2010


During a convenience store stick up a grandmother is shopping unaware of what's taking place. The evidence tells a different story.

The students of Gobelins never fail to impress. “Blind Spot” isn’t new, but it has been nominated as a Best Student Piece for SIGGRAPH 2008. And with good reason. The technical and artistic strengths of the film’s creators all dovetail brilliantly, making for a tightly packed narrative that’s full of detail and comedic irony.

“Blind Spot” was created by Johanna Bessiere, Nicolas Chauvelot, Olivier Clert, Cecile Dubois Herry, Yvon Jardel and Simon Rouby.

Technique: Computer Animation
Country: France
Running Time: 2:15

Official Site: blindspotthemovie

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gary (2008)

Gary from Gary on Vimeo.

A beautiful animated short film directed by Clément Soulmagnon, Yann Benedi, Sébastien Eballard and Quentin Chaillet.
Supinfocom School of Animation France - 2008

Here is what the makers are saying about "Gary":

"This story is about a young boy who falls in love with a girl who is much older than him. He wants to create a other part of him to seduce her, someone older, stronger…But, this part of him began to be independent and act without control from Gary. Emile “the other side of Gary” manage to seduce the girl but he hasn’t got the same vision of love, he’s more violent and sexual than Gary. Gary is a child with dream, Emile is just his “physic part”.

We wanted to make a story, with illustrated feelings, but not in a classic narrative way. We wanted the visuals to manage to convey even more this feelings. We wanted to have a metaphoric way of storytelling. There is a whole sequence in the inside of the giant, a kind of retrospection and a way to show that Gary has to destruct or manage a part of himself in order to grow up. We wanted to show the vision of love from his childish point of view, with magic moments, imagination…The film is a metaphore of the adolescence, the first strong feelings, the first physic desire…"

Read the whole interview Gary film interview

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This is Not a Film - The surreal world of René Magritte

An animated journey through the surreal world of René Magritte.

Music is Brahms' Piano Quartet number 1

Friday, April 09, 2010

Juan Solanas - El Hombre Sin Cabeza - L'homme sans tête (2003)

Solanas - L'homme sans tête

Con subtitulos en castellano

Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea, is very happy tonight. He is getting ready for a ball. And not any ball, a dance to which the young woman he loves has agreed to come. Tonight he will declare his flame and and it makes him feel like dancing... But there is something wrong with Phelps, at least in his own "eyes": he does not have a head! That is why he sets out to buy a head that suits him to please his lady...   

Juan Diego Solanas (born 4 November 1966) is an Argentine film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. His film Nordeste was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. He is the son of Argentina film director Fernando Solanas.

Juan Solanas estudió Historia del Arte en Paris. Además desarrolló una pasión por la fotografía. A través de numerosos comerciales y videos de música Solanas demostró su talento como director a lo largo de 15 años. Su primer trabajo es inmediatamente reconocido.

En el 2001, escribió y dirigió su primer cortometraje L´Homme Sans Tête, El Hombre sin Cabeza. Este ambicioso corto fue seleccionado en el Festival de Cannes de 2003 y recibió de manos de Emir Kusturica el Premio del Jurado otorgado por unanimidad. Fue la única película francesa que ganó ese año. Es evidente el tremendo talento y cuidado que Solanas pone a la disposición del film, con unas imágenes más que trabajadas y una historia surrealista que habla sobre las identidades de las personas y el afán de buscar nuestra verdadera personalidad. Un buen trabajo que merece ser disfrutado.

L´Homme Sans Tête

Σκηνοθέτης:     Juan Diego Solanas
Χώρα:               Αργεντινή, Γαλλία
Γλώσσα:           Γαλλικά
Διάρκεια:         17 min

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Griddlers Puzzles


Nonograms, also known as Paint by Numbers or Griddlers are picture logic puzzles in which cells in a grid have to be colored or left blank according to numbers given at the side of the grid to reveal a hidden picture. In this puzzle type, the numbers measure how many unbroken lines of filled-in squares there are in any given row or column. For example, a clue of "4 8 3" would mean there are sets of four, eight, and three filled squares, in that order, with at least one blank square between successive groups.

These puzzles are often black and white but can also have some colors. If they are colored, the number clues will also be colored in order to indicate the color of the squares. Two differently colored numbers may or may not have a space in between them. For example, a black four followed by a red two could mean four black spaces, some empty spaces, and two red spaces, or it could simply mean four black spaces followed immediately by two red ones.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Vincent – Tim Burton (1982)

Short Stop Motion Animation | Vincent – Tim Burton:
Ποίημα του Burton, το οποίο σκηνοθέτησε ο ίδιος το 1982. Πρόκειται για μια από τις πρώτες δουλειές του και οι επιρροές του Edgar Alan Poe στο έργο του είναι εμφανείς. Η εξαιρετική αφήγηση γινέται από το θεατρικό ηθοποιό Vincent Price.

Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Tim Burton
Narrated by Vincent Price
Running time 5 minutes 52 seconds
Country USA
Language English

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Mutlu Ol Bu Bir Emirdir!

Εκπληκτικό φιλμάκι για την απαγόρευση των αμανέδων στην Τουρκία από τον Κεμάλ το 1934.
Χάρη στην Κλεάνθη το βρήκα με αγγλικούς υπότιτλους.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Sebastian's Voodoo (2008)

Sebastian's Voodoo

A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death. Created at the UCLA Animation Workshop, with music by Nick Fevola.
Joaquin Baldwin is an Annie Award nominee director and animator from Paraguay. Living in Los Angeles, he is now finishing his MFA in animation at UCLA. He has received over 50 international awards for his animated film Sebastian's Voodoo and Papiroflexia, and also several grants including the Jack Kent Cooke full Graduate Scholarship in 2006.

Director: Joaquin Baldwin
Running Time: 4'06
Country: U.S.A.