Four animal characters are trying to cross a narrow bridge but end up as obstacles to one another in the process. The story revolves around how disagreements can be the result of pride and obstinacy. This is Ting Tey’s animation Thesis Film made at the Academy of Art University.
More info from: tingtey.com.
A man in a boat and a girl on the shore exchange messages with origami birds in this beautiful and moving video. It was Lindsey Olivares’ senior thesis film made at Ringling College of Art and Design. The music is by Mika.
More info: lindseyolivares.blogspot.com
This is smooth and simple with imaginative and beautiful artwork. It was produced by Ben Harper and Sean Mullen in their 3rd year at the Irish School of Animation. They used Autodesk 3DS Max. Blip came first in the Best First Animation category at the Galway Film Fleadh 2009.
Sean Mullen’s blog: seanmullenartwork.blogspot.com
When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there’s only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken. Mac ‘n’ Cheese was directed and created by Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk and Roy Nieterau at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands.
More info from: macncheese.nl.
This is an emotional and generational conflict between mother and son with a twist… the mother is none other than Death. It was co-directed by four students of ESMA Montpellier, France; Gaëlle Lebègue, Aurélien Ronceray Peslin-Mathieu Vidal and Nicolas Villeneuve.
A tiny robot made of scraps, wonders though the woods until he comes across something that helps him discover where he belongs. This is a simple story beautifull visualised. It was Robert Showalter’s senior thesis at Ringling College of Art and Design. He was responsible for everything you see. The music is by Cody Cook.
This animation was directed by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis at the Ringling College of Art and Design. It was awarded a bronze medal in the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition animation category. Defective Detective is not only entertaining, but also visually appealing, and unique.
Avner Geller’s website: AvnerGeller.blogspot.com
Stevie Lewis’ website: Chocosweete.blogspot.com
A flock of sheep refuse to stay put while their shepherd attends church. It is Justin Farris’ senior thesis short film, created at Ringling College of Art and Design. Justin was responsible for everything, including story, designs, modeling, animation and sound effects. He is now an animation intern at Pixar Animation Studios.
A man comes to get back his identity, stolen by an ogre while he was a child, in this is a graduation film from Gobelins (l’école de l’image), in Paris. It was directed by Simon Boucachard with Jean Baptiste Cumont, Sylvain Fabre, Guillaume Fesquet, Adeline Grange, Maxime Mary and Julien Rossire. It was made with traditional 2D animation.
A young man, who has just lost his home, spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before moving on. This graduation project was made by Eric Bates at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Eric said; “Sayonara is based abstractly on my own experiences living in Japan, the concepts relate in many ways to these experiences, my friends, foods, things I saw, and things I felt over this time; in particular the idea of saying goodbye to close friends.” There is an extra sequence after the end credits.
More info at eric-bates.com