Mother, animaged short
Mother is a touching and beautifully realized animated short (5 minutes) about the weight of maintaing a family and household.

The film, done in a Japanese influenced style [correction: I’m told the style is Korean], was made by a group of third-year students at Sheridan College.

The group, led by Stephanie Chew, calls themselves Studio Kokorosh. (For full credits, please see the Vimeo page.) They have a blog with concept art and preliminary images as well as screenshots from the film.

Mother has been nominated for Best Student Film for the Annie Awards, and the group is currently trying to crowdfund a trip to the awards presentation.

[Via Digg]



Batz, animated short, Max Maleo & Aurelien Predal
Batz is an animated short (6 min) by Max Maleo & Aurélien Prédal.

The animation is done with a CGI process known generally as “cel shading” or “toon shading”, in which the normally 3-D appearance of CG animation is given a look more like 2-D hand drawing by the use of gradients and flat areas of color.

In the right hands, this can be quite effective and pleasing, and Batz, directed by Maleo with art direction by Prédal, is a case in point.

The production is nicely graphic and beautifully designed, particularly in respect to the use of lighting, and scenes that take place in near darkness punctuated with areas of light.

The story involves two bats with very different personalities: one an aggressive insectivore who loves mosquitoes, the other a timid fruit-eating bat who hates and fears them. Add a mosquito and the result is frantic, icky at times, and, well… batty.

There is a website devoted to the film, with images, background information and items for sale, including a “making of” animatic (animated storyboard).

[Via Mark a. Nelson]


An Object at Rest

An Object at Rest, animated short, Seth Boyden

An Object at Rest is an animated short (5 mins) by Seth Boyden that chronicles the eons-long life of a stone as time, and human activity, goes on around it.

In this and some of his other animated shorts, Boyden has combined animation done in the TV Paint application with backgrounds painted in traditional watercolor on paper, giving a charming hand painted feeling well in keeping with his whimsical approach.

[Via Cartoon Brew]


Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2015

Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2014
Each year the graduating animation students from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris are divided into five teams, who produce short (about 1 minute) animations that are used to introduce each day’s programs at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in mid-June.

Each year, the Goeblins students refresh my faith in the state of 2D and hand-drawn animation.

This year, in keeping with the theme of the festival, the animations celebrate pioneering women in the field of animation: Alison de Vere, Claire Parker, Evelyn Lambart, Lotte Reiniger and Mary Blair. (My favorite of this year’s pieces is Mary, devoted to Disney concept and color artist Mary Blair.)

You can see all five shorts on YouTube, with more information on the Annecy and Gobelins (FR) websites.

(Images above, titles: Alison, Claire, Eve, Lotte, Mary]

[Please note: the images above are just screen captures and not linked videos. Please see the YouTube link. Also, see the individual listings for the team credits for each video.]