Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rabbit - Run Wrake / 2005

An animated childrens book with a difference
A selection of 1950s educational stickers, discovered in a provincial junkshop twenty years ago, provide the ingredients for this adult fairytale.
When a boy and girl find an idol in the stomach of a rabbit, its magical abilities lead to riches, but for how long?

Rabbit a film by Run Wrake, UK
2005, 8 min 30 sec

Monday, September 27, 2010

Photograph of Jesus - Laurie Hill, 2008

Looking for photographs of Jesus, yetis and Hitler in 1948? Help is at hand with this documentary-fantasy based on true stories of requests for impossible images. Real-life archives become the stage where fact and fiction collide, belief runs amok and unruly images have a life of their own.

Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge from Hulton Archive on Vimeo.

Short and Sweet has teamed up with Getty Images to launch a film challenge with a twist.
Getty Images approached producer Basil Stephens and Short and Sweet founder Julia Stephenson with the idea of setting up a film competition which would make use of images in Getty's Hulton Archive. Stephenson drew from her in-depth knowledge of the short film arena to suggest a selection of talented filmmakers.
After picking out ten up-and-coming directors, she gave them the opportunity to pitch. Four of the filmmakers made it on to the shortlist and got the chance to realise their ideas. They were given three months to create their films.
The challenges aim was to highlight the breadth and depth of content available at the Hulton Archive, which offers a unique resource to filmmakers and creatives alike. But rather than set a rigid brief, the challenge offered key words and phrases as prompters to guide the filmmakers creativity. Examples of these prompters included discover our past, images that shape our future, still & moving imagery, ordinary people, ordinary things and extraordinary people, extraordinary things.

Director: Laurie HILL
7 min. 2008
Animation: Laurie Hill
Music: Toolshed Music
Editor: Laurie Hill
Narrated by: Matthew Butson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oktapodi - 2007

Και ένα παλιό αλλά πολύ καλό βιντεάκι για να αποχαιρετίσουμε το καλοκαίρι.

Oktapodi is a 2007 French computer-animated short film that originated as a Graduate Student Project from Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image. The short is about a pair of love struck octopuses who through a series of comical events are separated and find each other. Oktapodi was directed by Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, and Emud Mokhberi. Music was composed by Kenny Wood.

Oktapodi was well received, winning a number of awards, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film (Animated) for the 81st Academy Awards. It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.

Directed by     Julien Bocabeille

                       François-Xavier Chanioux
                       Olivier Delabarre
                       Thierry Marchand
                       Quentin Marmier
                       Emud Mokhberi
Music by         Kenny Wood
Running time    2 min 27 sec
Country           France
Language         French

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Met the Walrus-2008

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for 'New Approaches' (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).

Directed by Josh Raskin
Produced by Jerry Levitan
Starring John Lennon
Jerry Levitan
Running time 5 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

More information Official site