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The themes and motifs of the Chinese book “Classic of Mountains and Seas” served as an inspiration to Chinese artist YidanXie to create this stunning, almost meditative animated piece. The book has been described as a compilation of mythic geography and legends.

The artist says,

In this book, there is a huge number of mythical beasts living in the fantastic environment. After reading, I summary the method of mythical creatures construction and utilize this method to create my own mythical beasts, meanwhile, many fantastic and dreamlike environments like “solar smelter” and “crystal dreamland” are build up, which also generate a series of the narrative and story.

The sound in this animation is original by myself. It is not only a background music but also narrative tools which provide the information and details about this fantastic world the images does not show in terms of hearing.


Yidan Xie lives in Washington D.C., and works as multimedia artist focused on dynamic imaging. She enjoys working in a variety of mediums such as video, animation, illustration and sound. She is currently exploring space narratives and the relationship between women, nature and mythology.

You can visit her website to see more of her works.

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Blue Milk- Short Fan Made Film Based on the Star Wars Trilogy

Blue Milk is a the second in a trilogy of humorous fanmade short (and I mean extremely short) films which pay loving homage to “the greatest franchise in the galaxy” — Star Wars.  The series is the brainchild of the good folks at Picnic Studio, an animation firm based in East London which was founded by directors Mina Song and Liam O’ Connor from Korea and the UK.

Rebel Blips Approaching! will be a series of short-shorts that celebrate those kids who can’t shake their fandom. When not at the movies or sat in front of a TV, they must turn to their own inventiveness to get their fix. Each blip is based around a seemingly mundane object from real life or a grimy corner of the galaxy. These are for those earnest mini geeks of the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. The ones that never stopped playing (even when the prequels dropped).

Episode III: Big Stick, the last film in the series will be released later this year.

Link to Picnic Studio.

You can watch the first short in the series — Episode I : Penny Ride, after the jump.

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Supernovas are astronomical phenomena that occur when giant stars die, and they have been taking place in the universe since the billions of years. French self-taught videographer Thomas Vanz’s incredible short film ‘Novae’ tries to recreate these spectacularly-violent, but beautiful cosmic events which sometimes ends up in the creation of black holes.

Astonishingly, Vanz made the short by capturing stunning visuals of blobs of colored inks dissipating in an aquarium filled with water. The shots were then later composited and post processed on the computer. He consciously avoided the use of CGI, as he felt that we all see far too much of it in popular cinema, and used natural processes instead of digital simulations. He also produced the epic soundtrack of the film, using sounds found in nature to artistically represent the explosive visuals on screen (though he acknowledges that one can’t hear sounds in space).

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Elena Manetta, a 24 year old animator, shared some of the brilliant illustrations she made for the closing credits of her award winning animated film ‘On Schedule’. Manetta says she took inspiration from the minimal color palettes used by Canadian illustrator and cartoonist Michael Cho to create her artwork.

The humorous short film, which she made for her 4th year thesis at The School of Visual Arts in New York, is about two super villains who accidentally chose to attack the same popular superhero at the same time.

Elena Manetta is currently working as a freelance animator in New York. You can visit her website and Tumblr to see more of her artworks and animation.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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“A Very Short Film” is a weird, yet wonderful, um, short film by Vallée Duhamel, a Canadian studio founded by Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel. The film is about the journey of a girl in a yellow dress who enters a strange new world.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Set to an haunting musical composition by Jacaszek, GRADUATE is a surreal animated collage by Greek illustrator and motion/graphic designer Constantinos Chaidalis (aka Brittle).

Chaidalis says that he created this piece as an ode to love and loss.

You can see more motion collages on his Tumblr and Facebook page.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Anonymous photographer and musician pyanek created this surreal short film using beautiful, but unrecognizable macro photographs of common household objects. His /her self-composed soundtrack lends an intense and disconcerting touch to the entire short film.

Follow pyanek on on Facebook / Youtube for future updates.

[via JazJaz Submissions]

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Slovenian videographer Nejc Miljak made the award-winning “Before You Wake Up” by accompanying Janez Tolar, a fellow Slovenian and accomplished landscape photographer on one of his photo expeditions.

In the short film, Tolar, who believes in “waking the sun up” sets out in the early hours of the day and pushes himself on through the harsh, but spectacular valleys and mountainsides on his quest to capture those perfect photographic moments. The videographer’s camera not only plays the part of the silent observer, but also faithfully reveals Tolar’s inspiring philosophy about photography and life.

The resulting short film is as breathtaking as the photographs shot by Tolar himself.

Link to “Before You Wake Up” on Vimeo.

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What would you do if you just realized that your cab driver (who looks like a mustache twirling villain of the films of yore) is probably a wanted serial killer? Serial Taxi, an one-man animated effort by animator Paolo Cogliati, is a darkly humorous tale of a young woman’s harrowing ride on a rainy night.

The short film was made by the animator as his graduation thesis at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. He says that the film is based on a small, real life encounter with a taxi driver, while he was travelling in Russia.

Paolo Cogliati is currently an animator at LAIKA, working  as a CG animation intern on the upcoming “The Boxtrolls” film. You can visit the official Serial Taxi website to see the ‘making of’ photos, as well as to know more about the film.

Link to the video on Vimeo.

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Dripping with retro-nostalgic goodness, “LSD ABC” is a trippy tribute to the European film aesthetic of the 1970’s and ‘80s.

Through 26 letters we explored different worlds and characters as different as they are crazy.

The animated film, directed by Laura Sicouri and Kadavre Exquis, took the makers over a year to make. Exquis (previously here and here), who also did the short’s brilliant music and sound design, composed a 14 track soundtrack to accompany the release of the film.  The soundtrack is available both in digital and and in vinyl formats.

You can check out early concept art, stills, and also sample the soundtrack at Kadavre Exquis’s site.

Link to the video on Vimeo.

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