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El Empleo – The Employment (2011)

December 5, 2013 0 animation

Directed by Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso
Written by Patricio Plaza
Animated by Santiago Grasso and Patricio Plaza
Production company: Opusbou

El Empleo is a wonderfully crafted, imaginative short about (in a nutshell) work. The film is somewhat surrealist, showing humans replacing everyday household items – and even machines, cars, elevator doors. The world of El Empleo presents us with a sort of reversal of the modern world, in which duties and functions performed by humans are increasingly automated and performed by machines. Highly allegorical, El Empleo has a great twist which will resonate with everyone familiar with the routines, hierarchies and often, existential emptiness of the world of routine servitude. Keep watching past the credits!

Cortometraje de animación / animated short film
Ganador de 103 premios internacionales / Winner of 103 International Awards.

Logorama (2009)

November 1, 2013 0 animation

Created by French animation collective H5 (François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain) Logorama screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2009, the Sundance Film Festival 2010.

Slickly produced and very well animated, this lively, explosive and colourful short film shows us a world consisting entirely of the brands which surround us in daily life. It’s hard to say exactly who all the good and bad guys are – but there are certainly some stand-out villains in this piece. We only wonder how H5 didn’t get sued for this!

Adrift (2013)

September 12, 2013 0 animation

Created by Simon Christen
Muscial score by Jimmy LaValle and the band “The Album Leaf”

Adrift is a visually stunning piece of film by photographer and filmmaker Simon Christen. He used time lapse photography to create moving footage of the San Franciso Bay area, in particular focusing on the thick fog which coats the landscape in the mornings. Speeded up, the dense fog appears tsunami-like, rolling thick and fast over the terrain so familiar to and beloved by Christen.  The atmospheric synth score by Jimmy LaValle perfectly matches the mood and feel of the film, working with the ethereal imagery to create an experience that combines the beauty and wonder of nature with a sense of tranquillity and solitude. Adrift is a unique film experience.

‘”Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born. The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands. I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.’  Simon Christen


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Fear of Flying (2012)

July 27, 2013 0 animation

Written and Directed by Conor Finnegan
Produced by Brunella Cocchiglia
Voiced by Mark Doherty, Aoife Duffin & Steven Courtney
DOP: Ivan Mc Cullough
Music & Sound Design: ECHOLAB
Composers: Tobias Norberg, Gavin Little, Mats Valentin
Sound Design: Joe Mc Hugh, Gavin Little
Characters Made by Renate Henschke
Art Director: Joe Fallover

A delightful animated short about Dougal – a bird with a crippling fear – flying. His fear stops him migrating south in winter along with all the other birds, including Lucy, with whom he seems to have a burgeoning connection. Beautifully animated, this film is essentially about the rewards of facing our fears, and proving that the greatest rewards really do lie outside our comfort zone.

Making of here: https://vimeo.com/48440802

BEST ANIMATION @ Galway Film Fleadh 2012
BEST ANIMATION @ LA Shorts Fest 2012
AUDIENCE AWARD @ Glasgow Short Film Fest 2013
BEST ANIMATION @ Chicago Irish Film Fest
AUDIENCE AWARD @ Animade 2013
BEST ANIMATION @ Fastnet Film Fest
BEST ANIMATION @ Lower East Side Film Fest
AUDIENCE AWARD @ Omaha Film Fest
BEST ANIMATION @ Provincetown International Film Fest


Made with the support of the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Arts Council.

Address is Approximate (2011)

July 27, 2013 0 animation

Created by Tom Jenkins

A delightful short about a selection of office toys who take over after lights out, commandeering a designer’s workstation to embark on a virtual road trip facilitated by Google Street View. Redolent of Toy Story, this film uses some truly innovative stop-motion animation techniques to create a heart-warming story, showing us an imaginative visualisation of an exciting world created from the mundane.

Snowdrifter (2012)

April 29, 2013 0 animation, comedy

Created by Mack Carruthers.

A nicely animated short about a snowman who appears to have stumbled upon a bounteous find. He can’t believe his luck… but this cute animation has a surprisingly dark ending!

Snowdrifter’s accolades are as follows:

Laugh Track Comedy Festival (2012): Official Selection
Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival 2012 (PFAF): Official Selection
Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) Showcase 2012 (WINNER: Best Canadian Short)
Halifax Independent Film Festival 2013 (HIFF) Official Selection
Toronto Animated Arts Festival International (TAAFI) 2012: Official Selection