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Niles Heckman’s Lesbian Space Elevator Love Story: “Auroras”

Back in January we posted about the Kickstarter for “Auroras,” LA director Niles Heckman‘s seven-minute sci-fi short film about “love, separation, and having to say goodbye.” The campaign raised $12,656 (surpassing the $10K goal) to complete the film’s audio and feature-level VFX set pieces. [Watch]

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Alicia Reece: “Western Civilization” for Motionpoems

Another standout from season 5 of Motionpoems: “Western Civilization” by poet/author Peter Jay Shippy (channeling Hunter S. Thompson) as interpreted by director/animator Alicia Reece of Minneapolis motion house Neighbor with a compelling and appropriately unsettling mix of live-action and 2D work. [Watch]

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Parquerama Studios: “Big Bang Dog”

Matias Vigliano and Dante Zaballa (aka Parquerama Studios) create psychotropic and loop-filled animated worlds blending pencils, markers and After Effects. Much to our delight, they just sent us their latest collaboration: a non-sensical, vibrant and amorphous tale called “Big Bang Dog.” Vigliano and Zaballa: “Cartoons [Watch]

Merlin Fluegel’s Enigmatic “ECHO”

Fresh off a successful run on the festival circuit, German 2D animator Merlin Fluegel‘s latest short “ECHO” brims with peculiar behavior and unexpected scenarios.

According to Fluegel, the film “is about how childhood reverberates; about complicated relationships, and a departure to pastures new.” Sound design: Jonatan Schwenk. [Watch]

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Freddy Arenas: Modern Love in The New York Times

Brooklyn director/designer/animator Freddy Arenas spins an engaging mix of metaphors and illustrative vignettes into a short animated tale of devotion in the face of adversity for the Modern Love column of the New York Times. Sound design by Jocelyn Gonzales, senior producer: Zena Barakat. [Watch]

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Panop Koonwat “Cupidiculous”

Bangkok native and former TBWA Thailand art director, Panop Koonwat weaves 2D cel and 3D animation techniques into a riveting short for his School of Visual Arts MFA thesis film, wrapping his message about “overpopulation, overconsumption and global warming” into a manic/comic tale starring Adam and Eve and [Watch]