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The Darkly Dark Darkness of Dark Souls II

Packing enough hardcore tropes to anchor four video game trailers, this full CG film from Tokyo-based director Alessandro Pacciani and VFX house From Software for Namco Bandai’s Dark Souls II holds together with artful rendering, believable mocap and ambitious scope. File under Guilty Pleasure. [Watch]

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Franck Dion “Monsieur COK”

Almost seven years after it first stormed onto the festival circuit, French director/illustrator Franck Dion‘s inventive and stylish animated short “Monsieur COK” still brings smiles despite its melancholy subject and palette. The film keeps your attention for almost 10 minutes with snappy pacing, intriguing character [Watch]

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Job, Joris & Marieke March to “The Daily Drumbeat”

Inventive and minimalist character work keeps Utrecht studio Job, Joris & Marieke on our must-watch list. Like this music video for instance: a monochrome romp with dark undercurrents for fellow Dutchman Job Roggeveen and his collaborative musical project called Happy Camper. “The Daily Drumbeat is a sunny song [Watch]

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Supamonks Wreak Havoc for “Holypop”

Parisian character masters Supamonks bust free from their commercial work to unleash a wave of medieval mayhem in this manic and blood-soaked animated comedy produced at the request of real monks in the south of France (Les Frères de la Sainte Famille) to promote their new soda called Holypop. Seriously. [Watch]

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Is this the World’s Most Beautiful Toilet Paper Spot?

To some heathens bum-wipe will always be bum-wipe. But the all-Munich team of 3D/VFX house Ignyte and post house Velvet attempt to prove otherwise in this 60-second CG ode to abstracted bathroom hygene set to a delicate cover of The Pixies’ “Where is my Mind” by Sunday Girl. Shame about the way-to-earnest voice over tho. [Watch]

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Floris+Menno+Mystery+Surrealism = Shortcutz

Amsterdam creative duo Floris Vos and Menno Fokma continue their exploration of CG and live-action with these elegant and eccentric black and white category opens for the local Shortcutz film awards. [Watch]