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]

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Joel Kefali: “BABA”

New Zealand filmmaker/designer Joel Kefali (formerly 1/2 of the Special Problems studio with Campbell Hooper) is best known for his music videos for Lorde, Tune Yards, Flying Lotus, etc., but with “Baba” a brisk and graphic short based on the memories of his Turkish grandfather’s early days as a refugee in [Watch]

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GENTLEMAN SCHOLAR FOR MOTIONPOEMS: “Working Order”

Gentleman Scholar art directors Jordan Lyle and JP Rooney hand-painted every image of this animated incarnation of Dora Malech’s poem “Working Order,” then combined them with 2D and 3D techniques. The resulting two-minute film, created over the course of several months, presents an unpredictable dream- [Watch]

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 Highlight: “The Bigger Picture”

British director and painter Daisy Jacob‘s unique combination of seven-foot-tall animated characters in life-size sets combined with stop motion lends a whimsical and disjointed flavor to “The Bigger Picture,” her stark and darkly humorous tale of two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother. [Watch]

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