X-Story is an animated short (roughly 12 minutes) by Vitaliy Shushko.
At first, I thought this was a promo or incorporated animation for a game from a major company. Given the production values, length and level of accomplishment, I was surprised to find that this was an independent animation project.
I checked Shushko’s blog and found this described as his first animated short, and that it was two years in the making.
For an indy project like this, even though he had assistance (please see the Vimeo link for credits), I’m not surprised it took that long.
The story (which can be slightly gruesome in places) is not the point of this for me; it’s the level of storytelling, production, design and realization.
I’ve seen indy animation projects at a high level before, but they’re usually much shorter.
This is done in an anime-influenced style (particularly with reference to Otomo’s classic Akira), but it doesn’t succumb to the stylistic excesses that sometimes plague that genre. The design feels fresh and direct.
I hope somebody throws lots of money at Shushko, so he can keep producing animations like this.
View the video at full screen; my small screen captures don’t do the visuals justice.
Ma’agalim is a beautiful short animation (3:30 minutes) directed by Uri Lotan. It is the music video for the song of the same name by Jane Bordeaux.
It portrays a mechanically animated wooden doll in the revolving scene of an arcade amusement, walking in pace as the landscape rolls beneath her feet.
If you click the “Read more…” link on the Vimeo page, you will see someone’s translation of the song lyrics, as well as a more complete credit list for the film.
Given Lotan’s film credits — which include Hotel Transylvania II — I have to assume that this is done with CGI; but the textures are so real and visceral, I have to wonder.
However it was done, it is wonderfully realized, emotionally touching and superbly art directed and produced.
View it in full screen mode.
[Via Jim Nelson]
Forms in Nature is an animated short film (2 minutes) in which natural and man-made forms are compared and contrasted within a carefully constrained and artfully orchestrated set of design parameters.
Largely focused on a central circle, the most basic of geometric forms, the images follow one another, often in shared screen transitions, in a way that encourages thoughtful and pleasurable re-viewing.
The vector art is beautifully realized and the entire animation is a visual and intellectual delight.
Intended as part of what I hope is a larger series, the production is credited to “Chromosphere“, a collaborative effort by Kevin Dart, Stéphane Coëdel, David Kamp, and Nelson Boles.
You can see more of their work here.
There is an extensive page devoted to the making of Forms in Nature on Motionographer.
[Via Cartoon Brew]