Thursday, September 30, 2010

Parallel Parking

38 seconds of Smiles. Watch it for sure

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NBTC Ad



Poignant. Has a great message and the little girl is uber cute. Watch it for sure.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dot. The world's smallest stop-motion animation character shot on a Nokia N8



I am constantly surprised by the innovate ways filmmakers make films. Check this one out. It's a great little piece.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mondays with Mila - Manfred





"Manfred is the eponymous character in a concept for an animation series of the same name. Each episode features Manfred experiencing an everyday frustration and how he deals with it. "

I particularly enjoy the out of the ordinary character design and the characters gaits. Oh, and the trees, I love the trees!

Until next week,
Mila

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chris Nolan's Doodlebug



This short shows us once again that the Greats began at the same place as us. Watch this and watch inception and imagine the journey in between.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Intel Ad



I am a huge fan of Intel Commercials. They are usually pretty funny, but this one just cracked me up.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

28 Drinks Later



This gave me a good laugh. Enjoy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blank Spaces



This one will definitely make you smile.

Blank Spaces was a finalist in the Your Big Break competition a global search for the next great filmmaker. Their task was to capture the spirit of New Zealand in a 3 minute short film.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mondays with Mila - Crabisland


Crabisland from Alexandre Coste on Vimeo.

Ahoy mateys! Yesterday be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so we be sharin' this ol' story with ye scurvy dogs. Parlay in th' comments if ye celebrated 'n how! 



Fair winds me fellow corsairs!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tell-Tale

I am not sure about how to feel about this one, but it definitely had an impact. Watch it and tell me what you think. It stars Carla Gugino from Entourage and has been shortlisted for the 2010 Vimeo Awards.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Big Shave by Martin Scorsese [1967]

A forewarning. This short is not going to make you smile. It may make you cringe. This serves as a metaphor for the unheeding damage and loss of the Vietnam War.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BP Spills Coffee

This video is all that you can expect and more. Hilarious.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mondays with Mila - No Pets Allowed (trailer)




I'm really excited for this upcoming spanish film. It has really interesting visual design, but my particular favorite is the character design, it's so quirky and fun. Also, it seems like the story might be a lot of fun, too.


This is the second animation feature film in development at SIX BIRDS
CGI process was done in their daughter company StudioNEST

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cooler Self

Very cute and with a great lesson. Loved it.. Great work Ozan Basaldi

A little nerd who always get beat up wants to be like one of the cool kids at school. But will he be able to give up who he is in order to become one of cooler cats...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Good Bot, Bad Bot

Another fun film from the Ringling School of Art and Design. The animation was great, the story simple, the acting was great. Loved it.

When Joe is brought in for questioning after a toaster's murder, he meets an odd couple of robot police. Tensions rise as the interrogation drags on and it's anyone's guess how Joe will get out alive!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birds on the Wires

The Melody of nature. You have to watch this video. Using birds sitting on electric wires as a representation of sheet music, this music was composed. And I have to say its pretty great

Quoting the creator "Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes (no Photoshop edit). I knew it wasn't the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating.

I sent the music to the photographer, Paulo Pinto, who I Googled on the internet. He told his editor, who told a reporter and the story ended up as an interview in the very same newspaper."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our Time is Up

Oscar Nominated. A therapist discovers he has six weeks to live and gets brutally honest. This piece is witty, clever and a character piece. It's a fun watch.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Owl - Windy

Another episode from "The Owl" series. This is a perfect example of Violence for comedy.



For the last post from this series - http://shortsforasmile.blogspot.com/2010/08/owl-ball-trap.html

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mondays with Mila - Intro & The Monk & The Monkey

Isn't Monday usually a bit of a drag? You're probably tired from all the fun things you did over the weekend, yet you have to shift gears and get your brain to focus on work. Well, that's where Mondays with Mila comes in, to lift your spirits and start your week on the right foot. I am Mila, and I want to share my passion for animation with you. Every Monday I will post a short animated film, whether it's 2D, 3D, stop motion or cg integrated with live action. So come by every week to lose yourself in a magical animated world for a few minutes and start your week with a smile. 

The Monk & The Monkey

A determined young boy, Ragu, is sent by his master on his final quest to become a monk. A seemingly simple task becomes an unexpected challenge for Ragu as he discovers the real value of his quest. 
I love this short. It's filled with excitement, intricate textures, beautiful lighting and a sweet lesson. The quality of student work that comes out from Ringling never ceases to amaze me.


© 2010 Brendan Carroll & Francesco Giroldini. Music by Erez Koskas.
Ringling College of Art + Design.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A child's most exciting day



This is an awesome video. I always love stories with children in them. This piece gives us the magic of perspective. Love it . Love it . Love it.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Will & the Wheel



Fun little film. Love the hamster.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Leave Me



I love watching beautiful love stories. This is one of them. Creative, beautifully shot, and evocative.