Get to know the short film: 1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama

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  MOVIE POSTER1916, 4min, UK, Animation/Drama
Directed by Oscar Lewis

An old man remembers the last time he saw his father, walking with him to the train station in rural England. This short film was made to mark the centenary of men with families being conscripted to the army in 1916 during WW1.

Film Type:Animation

Runtime:4 minutes

Completion Date:December 13, 2015

Country of Origin:United Kingdom

Country of Filming:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Black & White

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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Get to know the short film: SEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama

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  MOVIE POSTERSEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama
Directed by Chenxin Yang

Sea of Ink is a two-minute animation about an artist struggling with his creative block and his journey under the sea.

Film Type:Animation, Short

Runtime:2 minutes 49 seconds

Completion Date:January 3, 2016

Production Budget:0 USD

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Film Language:English

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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Get to know the short film: BOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography

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BOTTOMLESS, 2min, USA, Animation/Biography
Directed by Veronique Vanblaere

A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

Film Type:Animation

Runtime:2 minutes 3 seconds

Completion Date:April 30, 2015

Country of Origin:United States

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:Yes

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Get to know the short film: A SMALL VOICE, 2min, UK, Animation/Drama

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A SMALL VOICE, 2min, UK, Animation/Drama
Directed by Michelle Brand

A shy young boy is confronted with the relentless demands of an overbearing adult forcing him to sing in front of a crowd. Vivid imagery conveys the child’s trauma as it helplessly stands facing the expectant onlookers, unable to sing through fear. Overwhelmed by the ordeal, the only alternative is to run away.

Director’s Statement:

The film ‘A Small Voice’ is based on a personal experience of the time when I taught children at school. I felt that many children weren’t acknowledged and respected by their parents or teachers as to who they truly were and the talents they may hide. Instead, they were only valued through achieved of grades and success. This inspired me to create a film about a very talented child whose talent is misused by his father, who merely uses him as a tool for his own reputation. Instead of focusing on the actual storyline and character of the father, I wished to convey the boy’s feelings of fear and loneliness and to create a world in which the audience can share in what he sees and feels.

The emphasis therefore is in the creation of the boy’s vivid imagination. Inspired by German expressionists, instead of presenting a realistic situation, I focused on a strong but limited colour palette, contrasting sound effects and representative images. Chattering crows with staring eyes represent the expectant crowd of people around the boy, a barking dog represents the father’s anger forcing the boy to sing, the father being represented through blue colours.

The whole world around the child, animation and backgrounds, is created traditionally, with very harsh lines and a limited colour palette of black, yellow and red. These expressive pictures are a strong contrast to the gentle lines of the boy who is created digitally and stands out from the dark world through his bright yellow lines. This creates a dynamic contrast between the two media and the two sides of the story – the aggressive, expectant and fearful world, and the gentle, shy and quiet boy. The sound effects compliment these two poles by contrasting the loudness of the environment and the silence of the boy. The soundtrack adds to the fearful atmosphere through the selection of mainly metallic sounds, giving the world that the child is confronted with, a very cold tone.

When the boy escapes from the horrifying situation, the green, abstract backgrounds give a complementary colour contrast to the previous red world, and express his freedom further.

My aim with this film was to let the spectator join the emotional journey of this helpless boy and empathise with him. The audience is made to feel slightly uncomfortable and unsure of the situation, until the child is alone and safe. Only then, can he find again all that was desecrated, including his beautiful voice.

Mixed piece of traditional and digital animation.

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Get to know the short film: SPARROW DUET, 4min, USA, Animation/Experimental

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SPARROW DUET, 4min, USA, Animation/Experimental
Directed by Steve Socki

Animated abstract shapes and gestures dance together playfully with bird-like motion. The original music score was composed and performed by Gary Chang

Director’s Statement:

“Sparrow Duet” film: Steve Socki; music: Gary Chang; November 2105

My animated film developed from hand-drawn pastel art, based on motion studies of birds, and the moving patterns they suggested. The film is a non-narrative story, focusing on the timing and the motion, not the artwork. It’s a kind of short dance piece that’s choreographed with abstract shapes and textures – interacting playfully with each other and woven together with the impressionistic music, creating a more poetic etude.

I would classify my work as Experimental Animation, since the story does not follow a typical narrative. This piece could enter either Animation or Experimental categories, based on festival criteria.

Film Type:Animation, Experimental, Short

Runtime:3 minutes 55 seconds

Completion Date:November 20, 2015

Country of Origin:United States

Country of Filming:United States

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

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Get to know the short film: 5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video

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5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video
Directed by Terry Thomas

A handmade paper stop motion music video that tells the story of a lonely starling waiting for love.

Film Type:Animation, Music Video, Short, Student

Runtime:4 minutes 14 seconds

Completion Date:January 12, 2016

Production Budget:50 GBP

Country of Origin:United Kingdom

Country of Filming:United Kingdom

Film Language:English

Aspect Ratio:16:9

Film Color:Color

First-time Filmmaker:No

Student Project:Yes

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Get to know the short film: AWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical

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  MOVIE POSTERAWESOME BEETLE’S COLORS, 3min, Latvia, Animation/Musical
Directed by Indra Sproge

“Awesome Beetle’s Colors” is a 2:57 minutes long, fun and educative plasticine animation. The story goes : Awesome Beetles Color Dirty Elephant. Five Gorgeous Hippopotamuses Inspire the Jaguar. Kangaroos Like Marmelade. Naughty Octopusses Photograph the Queen. The Royal Spider Teaches an Unhappy Vampire. Wariors X-ray a Yellow Zebra. A nearly impossible story, supported by a catchy melody, guides us through the ABCs. There are many letters in the Alphabet and in the process of learning they are usually linked to nouns. We have created a link between all the letters of the Alphabet using nouns, adjectives and verbs. But most importantly – we also offer visual, audial and kinesthetic associations that help children in the process of learning. Children’s brains will make the necessary connections on their own and complicated things will be learned easily and effortlessly. In Latvia all kids have learned the alphabet by the Latvian counterpart of “Awesome Beetle’s Colors”, written by the artist Indra Sproge who is the director of this new animation. Now we have created this project in English so that children all over the world can learn Alphabet with great fun and ease!

Director’s Statement:

For me the most important is – to ensure meaningful output of my creative process. I am artist. And I become writer so that my characters would know what to do. In order to teach zebras and beetles to move and act I become a director and animator. My aim is to create not just decorative objects but also something useful and applicable in real life. I need an added value to my artistic expression. My intrinsic qualities. My book “Million” helps a child to learn reading unwittingly. A child learns all the multiplication table from my book (with 55 animations added) “Teach me, Rhinobear!”. And all the kids in Latvia knows Latvian alphabet, thanks animation with catchy melody “Joka p?c Alfab?ts”.

My artist’s approach is based on associations. In order to bring my ideas to life and to ensure that the associations would be as diverse as possible I employ different techniques and materials. I devote my work to children’s education. I am happy to turn rather boring process of learning into the most exciting adventure for the kids not only in Latvia but all over the world.

My new project “Awesome Beetles Colors” goes through the English Alphabet with great fun and excitement, using visual, audial and kinesthetic associations.

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