When Garbage and Screaming Females team up, they can rip guitar solos and belt out choruses right on par with Patti Smith. This black and white music video is primo. What begins as a shaky, DIY, handheld camera home video picks up as these girls begin to sing and play Because the Night. Like what […]
This hilariously dark (pun intended) short film by Ian Henderson stars my good friend and occasional editor Joe Vaz as the demented chocolatier. Like a short, dessert portion of Jeunet’s Delicatessen.
Alex Reuben’s focus is always predominately sound. But having worked alongside Reuben, his enthusiasm for the moving image is infectious. Big Hair is a performance piece where spoken word, space and colour are explored. Two special agent supermodels are trapped in the virtuous reality of a shampoo commercial. Philosophy may be their only escape. Big […]
In the 90s, if it said Teenbeat on it, I would buy it (and usually did). So take two members of great 90s Teenbeat bands (Unrest and Blast Off Country Style) and get them covering jingles? I’m listening. After all, what is a jingle if not just a really short pop song? The Bumblebee Tuna […]
I’ve come to this action packed short a little late, but ‘better late’ and all that. Without giving away the ending, interesting things happened within the Republic of Ireland during the Second World War. Nick Ryan who directed this short triggers some questions for me with the ending, and the score composed by Nick Seymour […]
After the positive response to the mini animated short Planet One here is the second installment, aptly called Planet Two. ‘While spending some time on Planet Two we follow a day in the life of one of it’s typical inhabitants… ahh the rat race, a struggle people from all over the cosmos have to deal […]
There’s something so touching about Isabella Rossellini’s short films for Burt’s Bees explaining the various dramas that unfold in the honeybee kingdom. Rossellini is at once humorous and serious, conveying the playful spirit of these little creatures while also making the details of their important roles clearer for us humans. I’m hard-pressed to pick a favorite […]
You’ll have to watch this video at least twice to get the full effect. The first time through, you’ll be watching with your jaw on the ground. The second time, you’ll be staring at the screen intently trying to make sense of what you just saw. This short film is incredible, and will make you […]
When was the last time you sent a paper airplane love letter to a complete stranger? Well, maybe you should take a hint from Paperman and try it out. It seemed to work for him. Paperman is a short film that came about when director John Kahrs began to wonder if his interactions with strangers […]
New ideas don’t come around very often, but John Wilson actually has something to say. His hilarious video tutorials quickly derail into personal life commentary funny enough for a stand-up stage. With only a couple of handmade short films under his belt, he’s established himself (along with his Future Machine collective) as a distinctive new […]
‘Success is striking a balance between art and commerce’. This is the line that starts Riley Blakeway’s debut film, Thom: A Portrait of Modern Youth, a fitting line considering the subject matter. Thom is a teenager from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, who works as a concreter and enjoys surfing and skateboarding. For Thom (and […]
The Rest is Science is my short follow up to Brave New Old. The orignal idea with Brave New Old was to employ a mechanical storytelling element to the work, almost like a toy theatre. In the follow up, I decided to try extending this literally by placing all the characters in a giant machine […]
Check out this series of short films considering the notion of ‘home’. I particularly love Hill, about a guy who became the caretaker of a remaining part of the crumbling Packard car plant in Detroit. Also check out Prime, about a burger joint that has been in Manhattan since 1938 and has remained unchanged since the 60’s – a true time capsule.
I discovered Jess Iglehart’s work about five years ago when I purchased one of his paintings. Since then, Iglehart’s expertise has expanded as he’s studying Experimental Animation at CalArts. His illustrations take influence from Egon Schiele, Edward Gorey and Japanese ghost stories. Raised on MTV animation in the 90’s, his recent animations contrast his illustration […]