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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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A stop-motion animated short film about the history of fonts and typography, by Ben Barrett. The video was created using 291 paper letters and 2,454 photographs over a 140 hour period.

Link to the video on Vimeo.

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Skateboarding, water balloons, and slow motion photography come together in this pleasantly languid music video for “Raindrops” by Monster Rally & Rumtum. The short has been directed by Lamar High and Nik Harper, aka LAMAR+NIK (previously here and here).

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A tilt-shift time-lapse video of Bangalore cityA tilt-shift time-lapse video of Bangalore cityA tilt-shift time-lapse video of Bangalore city

A loving ode to Bangalore, the Silicon valley and “Garden city” of India. The film was made by the folks at 1st December Studios, who intended the tilt-shift time-lapse film as a tribute to the vibrant city and its people.

"Every great city in the world has a story that has been passed down the ages. The garden city of India is one such city. A home to countless people from all over the country, making a lifetime of memories. It may not be the best city in the world, but the spirit of its people is unmatched.

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This breathtakingly beautiful journey through Iceland was shot by Henry Jun Wah Lee, an independent filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles. The film is a joint collaboration with experimental band MONO, whose cinematic and edgy score makes for a perfect foil to the gorgeous visuals shown in the film.

The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon’s glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.

Lee shot the film over a 2 week period in June 2012, taking advantage of the continuous daylight provided by the phenomenon known as the midnight sun. ‘Legend’ was filmed in 5K resolution, using Canon full frame DSLRs mounted on time-lapse equipment provided by Kessler Crane.

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Every year, hundreds of millions of suckers people desperately spend billions of dollars trying to lose weight. We put ourselves through 2 minute exercise routines, start crash-diets, and try some of the most inane ways to melt away the pounds we have piled upon. Animator Dave Carter’s short is an exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek look at the various ways people could possibly lose weight in under 60 seconds.

Dave says that this is his first clay animation, and adds that this will be (probably) the only time he will “use a hairdryer for 14 hours straight.” The short won the best minute film award at the 2010 Animation Block Party in NYC, and has also been screened at many film festivals.

Note: Be warned that the video is somewhat risqué due to some scenes with poop and drug references.

Link to Dave Carter’s site.

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In this animated film by Bird Box Studio, a pair of wildebeest come to find out that both reason as well as intuition can be double edged swords.

Link to the video on Youtube.

Cosmic Bokeh

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Oh, look at all the colors!


A micro short film, shot on a Red Epic M camera by Tom Lowe.

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Watch “Skate,” an experimental short film by Charles Bergquist.

[via Kottke]

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