I recently enjoyed writing a full review about Ornana Films‘ film (Notes on) Biology for Short of the Week. Overall, watching this short feels like you are really sitting next to your best friend in Biology class as they animate the story and you beatbox the soundtrack. Danny Madden, Will Madden, and Jonathan Silva deliver a fantastic piece of work that holds steady all the way to the thematic end credits.
Oversights by Christian Lerch.
So stunning it almost makes us want to get into a car crash.
It’s shocking how data can tell a story to detail. For instance, it tells you that the driver was obese and that blood stains were still on the airbag. The tree penetrated 92 cm into the engine compartment and pressed the instrument panel in the driver’s cabin. This emotional impact was one of the reasons I did this film.
-from the director
Talented filmmaker/animator Dustin Grella has been creating short animations from messages he receives on his answering machine. We especially enjoyed this short clip and not just because it has a 90-year-old woman with a lonely libido.
Below is an introduction to his project called Animation Hotline:
It looks like we aren’t the only ones stalking Mr. Grella. He has recently been invited to create a full-feature film for the Cannes Film Festival based on the ideas from his voice-mail animations.
The big news most recently is that it’s been included to screen as a part of a feature film at the Cannes Film Festival in late May. The topic of the film is ‘The Other’ and I’m sending out a request for people to leave messages that use ‘The Other’ as the concept behind the message (I’m putting a more detailed description of what ‘the other’ might mean at the bottom of the email). If you participate, please leave your name because for this one I am going to need to get a signed waiver. I’ll need to put you in the credits of the film!!!
Interested in participating? You are very wise, reader. More info here.
We first were introduced to Dustin Grella’s work at the SF Shorts and still get goose bumps when we watch his film, Prayers for Peace. This film went on to win the Golden Couch Award in 2009 for some film festival called Couch Fest Films:
We’re always a sucker for narratives. And from one of the greats, we had no chance but to be leveled.
A gang of kids find a strange house with an overgrown garden where they play. Only once do they meet the man who lives there, a dead-beat alcoholic with a free and easy spirit who welcomes them. The children see him as a romantic character in stark contrast to their neurotically house proud parents.
A collaboration between Animator Jonathan Hodgson and Illustrator Jonny Hannah.
Couch Fest Films “Best Science Fiction” This film made our staff instant robotaphiles. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!
ROSA is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival.
The short-film was created entirely by young comic-artist Jesús Orellana with no budget during a single year. Since it’s world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, ROSA has been an official selection at film festivals around the world such as Screamfest, Toronto After Dark, Anima Mundi or Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. In October ROSA was screened at the opening night of the Sitges International Film Festival, considered the world’s best festival specialized in genre films. Following the succesful festival run, the short film has attracted the attention of the major talent-agencies and Hollywood producers. Currently ROSA is in development to be a live-action motion picture.
Read more on their official blog here.