short films

The Adjustable Cosmos

I am just in love with this animated short that imagines an early space program.

From the video description:

"In the fifteenth century, three worthies come together to tackle the Emperor's disastrous horoscope. They lift themselves to space in their medieval vessel, braving the terrors and wonders of the of the Ptolemaic universe, to reach for the stars..."

Based on a short story by Adam Browne

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Quote of the Day - Li Po

“We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains.” 

Mountains in Motion

"Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape."

Eggshell Sculptures

Wen Fuliang uses a diamond-tipped roto tool to carve these. Adroitness hotness.

Choros

Amazing short film titled "Choros":

A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike "pas de trente-deux."

"Choros" premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012 and has gone on to play dozens of festivals worldwide. The film is currently broadcast in Europe by Canal+.

Voiceover

Award-winning... damn straight. Moving, fun, lovely.

Poem of the Day: Mowing by Robert

"...There was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself;
Perhaps it was something about the heat of the sun..."

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4 - Mountains in Motion

From Doug Urquhart and Paul Zizka, makers of the short film “Mountains in Motion”:

"Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape. Weaving throughout the film are reflections of an early mountaineer, who is deeply moved by his own encounter with the mountains and the revelations of explorers who have come before him. “What is this power that lures me upwards, into the unknown,” he wonders, “that pulls me deeper, despite snow, wind and exhaustion?”

Made on a shoestring budget and with entirely volunteer hours, the film brought together artists from two vastly different parts of North America – Banff, Alberta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Strangers at the start, the film team developed strong friendships over the course of production and were united by their common goal of capturing the beauty and essence of a place that inspires them every day.

This 100% human-powered film combines advanced time-lapse photography with an original story and musical score to bring the landscape center-stage and offers a thrilling new perspective that re-establishes the Canadian Rockies among the finest mountains in the world."

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3 - Award Winning Short: Voiceover

Award-winning... damn straight. Moving, fun, lovely.


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3 - The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Lion

Animation has certainly shown itself to be capable of rich imagination and subtle expression (もののけ姫 (Princess Mononoke), for example) . This short animation from Alois Di Leo is moving and amazing:

"Max is a seven-year-old deaf boy growing up in the 1960s. One day he goes on a school trip to the zoo, where he sees a lion for the first time. A feeling begins to grow inside him that will change his life forever."

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3 - Vowels: The Short Film

If consonants are the bones of a sound, then vowels are the muscles. And one of the features of English that makes it such a muscular and expressive language is the relatively large array of vowels, shades of vowels available to us. 

This poetic and perhaps surprisingly moving film is based on a 1945 Linguaphone instructional recording and brought to us by filmmaker and visual storyteller Temujin Doran.

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