Short Film

Google Got Nominated For An Oscar

Google introduced their 360 Spotlight Stories a little over a year ago and they have been gaining steady traction since. If you haven’t checked out the VR tech you can see all of the videos on YouTube here, and if you have a VR headset that is connected to the internet I suggest giving it a view that way as well. The films themselves are really well done with compelling stories and solid animation to match, and while this has the opportunity to be a huge marketing tool for any number of industries it really shines as an entertainment vehicle. Case in point the video below that has been nominated for an Oscar at this year’s Acadamy Awards. Yes, Google is in the running for an Oscar for the animated short “Pearl”. The five and a half minute animated short tells the story of a girl and her father as they travel the country in their car chasing dreams and bonding over

The five and a half minute animated short tells the story of a girl and her father as they travel the country in their car chasing dreams and bonding over song, life, and the open road. To get the full experience of the short film you need to actually pan around the environment. You can get the full impact of the story by simply watching, but the experience is far greater when you actually dive into what Google offers here, which is an immersive experience that extends the story.

Google has only released a handful of these short films, all of which are available on their YouTube channel. I think that is a testament to a couple of things. How long it takes to produce quality content, and how complex crafting this kind of immersive environment can be. I’m pretty excited to see how far this can be pushed, and I’m really looking forward to Google releasing a full development kit for this. The potential is huge on so many levels.

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The Gatekeeper.

Shige San is one of the truest examples of a public servant and personal savior. The video below tell the story of  a retired police detective that now dedicates his life to preventing deaths at Japan’s suicide cliffs, providing emergency assistance and counseling even as tourists flock to the site, attracted by its notoriety as a popular suicide destination. This is a wonderful short film, that tells an extraordinary story and worth taking 40 minutes to watch it.

I suggest if you have an AppleTV or a smart TV with Vimeo available you watch it on the big screen. The experience is so much better than on your computer monitor or tablet.

Monday Inspiration. “Cowboy As I Am” by Philip Hodges.

The nine minute short film by  below tells the story of Steven Millward who was paralyzed in a rodeo accident almost twenty years ago. It is a story that focuses on his relationship with veteran horse whisperer Grant Golliher and Steven’s horses. The short film features some killer cinematography from James Coombs and Morgan Mercier. The editing, post and sound work help complete this, wonderful little documentary. Take nine minutes of your day and give it a watch. You’ll be glad you did. It is beautiful and inspiring.

For Veteran’s Day. “Connecting Generations”

It’s Veteran’s day, this quote sums up so much. This short film is worth the five minutes it takes to watch it. “When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”.

“Hound” a Student film from Olivia Blanc and Marion Delpech. Watch It.

It’s Labor Day and I have spent a chunk of the early afternoon perusing the internet, specifically Vimeo. While looking for inspiring animation, and illustration styles I came across “Hound” by Olivia Blanc and Marion Delpech. This is their 2013 graduation short from EMCA. I’m gonna say it onne more time, French schools like EMCA and Supinfocom continue to turn out some of the best student work I have seen. If I were a student interested in animation, film, motion graphics, 3D, or any related field, I think I would be applying to go to school in France.

The Life of Cycle, Gestalten and Velo – 2nd Gear.

velo2_sideOne of the reasons I like Gestalten, besides the fact that they make really cool books, is the fact that they produce short films to promote them. Really well made little films that sometimes extend the content of the book, and sometimes promote it. In the case of “The Life of Cycle” they are promoting their new book “Velo – 2nd Gear”.

The video not only promotes the contents of the book, it introduces you to individuals that are featured in it, places mentioned int he book, and shows of the wonderful page layouts that make up the book itself.

Velo – 2nd Gear illuminates and celebrates contemporary bike culture from classic to high tech. From the fixed gear scene to fashionable city cruisers. In addition this book showcases today’s most outstanding and unusual bicycles and their riders.

The book introduces coveted manufacturers, specialized boutiques, and historical tours. Velo – 2nd Gear also explains how each bike scene cultivates its own distinct codes through everything from the choice of bike frames, clothing, and by visiting specific events or establishments. The book shows why, for more and more people, bikes have  replaced their cars as the mode of transporatation that best express their identity.

Do What You Love. A Little Friday Inspiration.

I hope I live to be 91, well at least 90 and a half like the star of this film by Dustin Cohen has. I hope that at the age of 91 I am still working at a job I love with as much energy as Frank. The video below is part of the “Made in Brooklyn” series and stars 91 year old shoemaker Frank Catalfumo. Really nice work from Cohen and his small crew. The film is a great story, and has a great look to it.

Frank is an inspiration to us all.