Category Archives: Outstanding

Alma by Rodrigo Blaas (2009)

This is a spooky story about a little girl who is attracted into a doll shop. Alma is Rodrigo Blaas’ first short film as a director. Originally from Spain, Rodrigo Blaas has worked in animation for more than ten years, in Spain and at Pixar in the United States.

When he got the opportunity to direct his first independent short film, Rodrigo Blaas asked some of the best artists in their field to take part in this independent project: French animator Bolhem Bouchiba, character designer Carlos Grangel and Sergio Pablos, Art Director Alfonso Blaas, music composer Mastretta and sound designer Tom Myers.

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Oedipus …starring vegetables by Jason Wishnow (2004)

The story of Oedipus, in 8 minutes, performed by vegetables, in the tradition of Ben Hur. A sword and salad epic, in classic CinemaScope. Featuring a Potato, a Tomato, Broccoli, Garlic, and Billy Dee Williams as the Bartender. It took two years, a volunteer crew of more than 100 people, and post production resources donated by Industrial Light + Magic and Skywalker Sound. One of the first stop-motion films shot on a digital still camera. Written, directed and produced by Jason Wishnow.

Me and My Potato (2005) behind-the-scenes of Oedipus …with vegetables

In a dark warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, they built vegetable-scale cities and taught a potato to walk like a man.

The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut (2006)

A reconstruction of Richard Williams’ animation masterpiece, “cobbled” together from the many existing cuts to bring the film closer to its original form. This version deletes the song sequences and other scenes, as well as redubbed voices added by The Completion Bond Company. Scenes are also added back, as well as long-unheard vocal performances by Sir Anthony Quayle and Sir Felix Aylmer. The aim of the Recobbled Cut is to provide the closest version that is faithful to Richard Williams’ vision, uses the best possible quality audio and video, while also presenting it in the full 2.35:1 Panavision widescreen format. This latest version includes many of the deleted scenes from a stunning 35mm workprint. Video reconstruction by Garrett Gilchrist. Video source courtesy of Orange Cow Productions. Copyright 2006-2008.

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The Backwater Gospel by Bo Mathorne (2011)

The graphic style grips the viewer from the start, in this tale of rough justice in the Wild West. The textures applied to the computer generated characters make them look like they are hand drawn.

As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.

By: Bo Mathorne, Tue T. Sørensen, Arthur Gil Larsen, Rie C. Nymand, Mads Simonsen, Thomas H. Grønlund, Esben Jacob Sloth, Martin Holm-Grevy. It is a Bachelor film project from The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark.

Making of The Backwater Gospel

This is a compilation of the work Bo Mathorne produced for The Backwater Gospel. It’s not a “making of” in the traditional sense, but might still be interesting for those seeking to learn more about the process of creating the short.

The Village by Mark Baker (1993)

Mark Baker’s work typically features a deceptively simple, almost childlike hand-drawn visual style, but this conceals a far more sophisticated, adult-oriented view of the world. In a closed community fuelled by gossip and suspicion, one man dares to be different. Nominated for an Oscar in 1993.