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KIRSTEN LEPORE – Sweet Dreams

Here’s an amazing stop animated short film, made almost entirely with real food, that will entertain you while trying to open your mind to things such as trying to open your mind. The short film is the work of Kirsten Lepore, her thesis movie at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The tale is that of a stalwart cupcake yearning to find something beyond his world of sugar cube skyscrapers and frosting-covered friends. When his makeshift boat crashes on foreign shores, he makes a shocking discovery that changes him forever.

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Ricicla!

“Ricicla is a short animation made by 120 pupils of an Italian primary school. Each one of the six little animations (filmini) composing the film is about one of the recycling bins — organic waste, paper, plastic, glass, tin, waste — and the images and sounds are made using only that particular recyclable material.

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JOHNNY KELLY – The Seed

The Seed is an animated voyage through nature’s life cycle, following the trials and tribulations of a humble apple seed.

“The film was kindly funded by Adobe, produced at Nexus and features a soundtrack by Jape. It was made using a mixture of stop motion papercraft and 2D drawn animation”, as shown in the making of.

Story and direction by Johnny Kelly.

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The Seed: Making of

An interesting travel through the production of The Seed and its surprising mix of animation techniques. Enjoy!

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JAMIE CALIRI – The Sun and the Seed

This is a short film about hope and community. It was made for a friend and mentor who was suffering from lung cancer. The film was shown at a benefit to help with his hospital costs. He has since passed away.

The words are by director Jamie Caliri. He animated the film with production designer Alex Juhasz. They shot with a special, home brewed, 4×5 inches view camera rig and Dragon Stop Motion Software .

The music is String Quartet number 5 composed by Philip Glass as performed by the Kronos Quartet.

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Sans Gallagher the Younger

The short film has been directed by Ryan Rothermel at Decoy and Sean Pecknold at Grandchildren for the F5 Festival. Director of photography: Michael Ragen. Stop motion: Britta Johnson. Music: Robin Pecknold. Sound Design: David Kamp.

The name, Sans Gallagher the Younger, actually came from the comedian Gallagher and the painter Frans Francken the Younger.

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KENNETH SHOFELA COKER – Iwa

Iwa is a short animated film, loosely on West African tree of life myths and legends that emphasize the cyclical nature of life and the universe. In Yoruba [language] Iwa means strength of character.

This animation was completed for Kenneth Coker’s graduation show at the Memphis College of Art in April 2009. Story boarded, animated, composited, and scored over a four month period using 3DS Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, and Logic Pro.

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BRENT GUDGEL – Tesfaye

Tesfaye means my hope.

“Faced with the environmental devastation of his homeland, an Ethiopian man takes positive action while searching for hope. “
While a great movie in itself, Tesfaye is a perfect fit for today’s Earth Day. Illustrating the consequences of deforestation (erosion, desertification, and mudslides) and the power of human will, the film makes its [...]

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THIAGO MAIA – All I Want for Christmas Is

…a green world.

A short christmas wish directed and animated by Thiago Maia, assisted by Zinnia Chown.
Voice over by the 2 years old Sofia Ruby Lancaster. Sound designed by Stephen Denton, recorded and mixed at Studio 17.
Breve messaggio augurale, diretto ed animato da Thiago Maia, assistito da Zinnia Chown.
La voce è di Sofia Ruby Lancaster, due [...]

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ANDREAS GASCHKA – The Seed

Take care of our Earth,we only got one!

And here’s the latest from Andreas Gaschka, a little tale about cultivating God’s gifts. It works even if you don’t believe in any God.
Images: Andreas Gaschka. Music: Virko Hortien.
E qui c’è l’ultimo di Andreas Gaschka, piccola storia sul coltivare i doni di Dio. Funziona anche se non credete [...]

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