Phantasma by Alessandro Corrêa (2012)

This beautiful and yet gory film was made by Brazilian animator Alessandro Corrêa. We asked Alessandro for some background information on the film:

“I read the book The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and saw the 1925 silent movie and thought it would be fun to work on my own version. I used bright colors and tried to make the characters act in a fake, “over-theatrical” way.

The Phantasma was done without any big money investment. As a matter of fact I haven’t spent much money at all, apart from paying for the DVD, print the covers and mail expenses.
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Shine – Nordic Giants Feat by Bram Ttwheam (2012)

Aardman Animations director Bram Ttwheam, who has worked on numerous BAFTA award winning film’s has teamed up with artist Tristan Stevens to create Nordic Giants much anticipated first video release for their debut single, Shine, featuring the vocals and lyrics of Cate Ferris.

Nordic Giants the post rock duo smashed onto the scene little over a year ago. Influenced by the likes of Massive Attack and Cinematic Orchestra, the band have already shared the stage with Ratatat, Mogwai and headlined the world premiere of ‘The Blot Symphony’ a visual art piece by Ralph Steadman.
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Moving Pictures by Nadav Nachmany (2011)

A factory worker is living in a fantasy world where things seem to be going well. As the story progresses reality starts to take over. It uses a mixture of traditional animation and 3D animation to great effect. 2D animation by Nadav Nachmany and 3D animation by Dror shpatz. They are graduates of the Bezalel Academy for fine art and design in Jerusalem, Israel and this is their final project.

Swing of Change by Harmony Bouchard (2011)

This is a lovely story with great music and animation. In 1930s New York Harry, a racist barber, changes his mind at the arrival of a magical trumpet in his barber shop. A Graduation short film directed by Harmony Bouchard, Andy Le Cocq, Joakim Riedinger and Raphael Cenzi. Produced at ESMA School of Arts (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques), Toulouse, France.

Music by Denis Riedinger. Jean Christophe Mentzer (trumpet), Stephane Fougeroux (percussion), Renaud Bernad (trombone), Sébastien Lentz (horn), Michael Cortone (tuba).

We Cut Corners “Pirate’s Life” by Kijek and Adamski (2011)

This amazing music video, by Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski, was hand drawn frame by frame with markers on paper. Approximately 1850 drawings were produced in about two months. The track is by the Irish group ‘We Cut Corners‘ who write short songs on drums and guitar.

You can see behind the scenes images of the production at kijekadamski.blogspot.com

How to eat your Apple by Erick Oh (2011)

How to eat your Apple is an extension of Erick Oh’s recent illustration series in the form of an animated poem. It is without a protagonist, a defined narrative, set point of camera view or any other aspect of mainstream film language; How to eat your Apple surrealistically portrays human nature and its essence in the circle of life, its change and death as shown by re-compositing various symbols and objects. This piece flows more like a moving illustration than an animated film, and connects to Erick’s other static illustration pieces and written stories which finally culminates to one big quintessential question on life.

Erick Oh is a Korean animation artist based in California, USA.

Streamschool (Patakiskola) by Péter Vácz (2010)

Streamschool is really charming with beautiful design and animation by Péter Vácz. I particularly liked the water effects. A little girl has an adventure with water as she travels from a small brook to the sea. A tale of growing up based on a Hungarian poem.

The film was made in (MOME) Moholy- Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest, Hungary in 2010 as Péter Vácz’s BA graduation in animation.

Find out about the making of Streamschool at vaczpeter.blogspot.com

Pythagasaurus by Peter Peake (2011)

Pythagasaurus starts off looking like a maths education film but soon reveals humour aimed at a more mature audience. When a volcano threatens to blow two prehistoric men enlist the aid a mathematician dinosaur. Directed by Peter Peake at Aardman Animations studio, with the voices of Bill Bailey, Martin Trenaman and Simon Greenall.