Category: VFX

Small Soldiers: Re-evaluating Joe Dante’s Military Satire

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Small Soldiers explores the idea of corporations imbuing children's toys with modern technologies, without fully considering the implications. While this sounds like the plot of a great new sci-fi blockbuster, Small Soldiers is a nearly 20-year-old satirical look at the chaos of introducing advanced tech into the commercial marketplace; and...

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Magic Clay by Guldies

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Alexander Unger (aka. Guldies) is a YouTuber and stop-motion animator from Sweden. Guldies is best known for his experimental claymation videos and mesmerizing optical illusions that fall somewhere between the stop-motion magic tricks of PES and the surreal mind-bending loops of Cyriak. Some of his indescribable creations are a bit...

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Sintel by Colin Levy

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Directed by Colin Levy, created with Blender. 2010, The Durian Project

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Pearl by Patrick Osborne

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One beat-up old car represents the bond between a musician and his daughter. This animation was created using 360 camera technology, so you can pan the camera around on-screen for a fully immersive VR experience.

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OMEGA by Eva Franz and Andy Goralczyk

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A lone traveler crosses an expanse littered with mechanical debris and derelict remnants of a past civilization, with only a vague instinctual drive guiding him towards an unknown destination. The hybrid stop-motion, photo compositing, and CGI merges together in an impressively scaled sci-fi world.

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Cows and Cows and Cows by Cyriak

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Cyriak is a UK-based freelance animator and musician who has created a plethora of surreal music videos and advertisements. His distinctive style of looped cycles and repetition often takes a deep dive into the uncanny valley as reality breaks down into a nightmarish fever dream.

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The Engineers by Julius Horsthuis

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Whenever computer-generated fractal environments are involved, comparisons to the distorted reality imagery of Inception are going to be inevitable. However, Horsthius goes even further than abstracted planes and mind-bending psychedelic illusions to generate 3D worlds that feel truly alien, strange, and beautiful.

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Madame Tutli-Putli by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski

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This animated short is a little bizarre, but the creators won a bunch of well-deserved awards for the innovative technique behind how live-action footage of a human actor's eyes were composited onto a stop-motion puppet. The meaning of the allegorical story is largely left up to the viewer's interpretation.

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