Anyone who has a sibling has felt a bit of rivalry at some point in their life. Growing up in my older sister’s shadow, I certainly spent a big portion of my early childhood plotting her demise. However, I never took it quite as far as Frederick, the bitterly jealous twin in Vincent Gallagher’s deadly funny Second to None. With deliciously dark humour and intricate set designs, revealing new, ingenious touches with every watch, this seven-minute stop-motion is a gift that keeps on giving, delighting audiences young, old and everyone in between. Continue reading Short Film: Second to None
There’s a popular expression that claims ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’, but I’m not sure that counts if you’ve just witnessed your loved one skewered by a hiking stick. Festival-favourite Wild Love follows a romantic couple who see their dream camping trip quickly turn to a nightmare, after they accidentally make rodent kebabs. Continue reading Short Film: Wild Love
A very short stop-motion animated short that was also at Sundance, this piece reminds us of how awkward dancing can be, and how being asked to dance is a situation every human being will encounter in their lives…Vinciguerra empowers us to say “No, I don’t want to dance”. Continue reading Short Film: No, I Don’t Want to Dance!
What happens when a bunch of people are trapped on a speeding train? Hopefully not what you’re about to see in Tue Sanggaard’s Animals… One of our favourite grad films to come out of Denmark’s Animation Workshop this year, the six minute animation is an explosion of jaw-dropping hilarity, bad taste taste, and sheer brilliance. NSFW, with nudity and graphic violence, Animals is not for the faint of heart. If like me, you get a kick out of seeing a bunch of humans getting naked, pissing everywhere and beating the living shit out of one another just for lols, then you are in for a real naughty treat! Continue reading Short Film: Animals
This Pixar short, Kitbull, from director Rosana Sullivan and producer Kathryn Hendrickson, is the latest in their new SparkShorts series. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a tiny homeless cat and a loving pit bull that’s forced to compete in dog fights. Like most Pixar shorts, Kitbull is light in the way of dialogue and instead relies on telling its heartbreaking/heartwarming story through the interactions between its titular pair of animal pals. Continue reading Short Film: Kitbull
Animation grew out of shadow play, and its spirit is revived, via cutting-edge software, in this luminous film. Towering polystyrene blocks serve as the canvas for a complex light display in which brightness and darkness clash. Using only these elements, director Ben Steer (of London’s Blue Zoo studio) tells the tale of a community torn apart when their sun is blotted out. Continue reading Short Film: Mamoon