Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Charade" by Jon Minnis

"Charade" by Jon Minnis, made at Sheridan College , International Summer School of Animation.

This film was entirely animated and colored (with Pantone markers on paper) by Jon Minnis during a single summer term (3 months) at Sheridan College. Jon had some help on the coloring, but did all the animation himself.

This film is a great example of very careful planning and an elegant minimalism which allowed a 4-and-half minute film to be completed almost single-handedly by a student working to a very tight deadline. Jon Minnis spent about 4 months prior to starting animation polishing his script and doing a very tight well-developed storyboard/animatic , so that when he started animating he was able to hit the ground running and get the entire film animated in 3 months.

The original was completed and shot on 16 mm film at Sheridan College in the summer of 1984. When Jon Minnis was hired soon after graduation by Michael Mills Productions in Montreal he was able to re-shoot all the artwork from the film on 35mm courtesy of his employer Michael Mills (hence the credit before the title: "Michael Mills Productions presents"). The film had a theatrical run in Canada and in the United States . "Charade was nominated for and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1985. It also won the Genie Award (the Canadian Oscars) for "Best Theatrical Short Film" in 1985.


JURANNESSIC is a short film made by students at the Gobelins School in Paris.

This was shown as an opening film at the Annecy Animation Festival.

"Anniversary" by Ghostbot

Ok ,this one is not a student film .

 However, I thought it was a great example of the type of short film that would be a nearly perfect student film project : only 1:06 long, and yet it tells a story with an unexpected twist at the end .

Most student films tend to be too ambitious in terms of running time or complexity. This film has a beautiful simplicity.

This short film , "Anniversary" was done off-hours by employees at Ghostbot Studio (you've probably seen their animation in the ads for E-surance, among other things).

Direct link to a better quality Quicktime movie version on the GhostBot site:


"Chaleur d'Hiver" by Christine Dallaire-Dupont

Not much "story" here , more of a mood piece, but beautifully executed .

"Chaueur d'Hiver" ("Winter's Warmth") by Christine Dallaire-Dupont made at Cégep du Vieux , Montréal, Quebec.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Le Building

Le Building made at the Gobelins School by Par Marco Nguyen, Pierre Perifel, Xavier Ramonede, Olivier Staphylas, Rémi Zaarour .

See the filmmaker's web site for a higher quality Quicktime version of the movie: Le Building web site

Two short films by Ian Worrel

Two short animated films by Ian Worrel , made at Cal Arts.

First is "Icarus & the Tree Herder" , made during Ian Worrel's second year at Cal Arts.

Icarus & the Tree Herder from Ian Worrel on Vimeo.

Second is "Second Wind" , Ian Worrel's 4th year film made at Cal Arts.

Second Wind from Ian Worrel on Vimeo.

The Peasant and the Root

"The Peasant and the Root" by Brock Gallagher , made at Sheridan College.

The Peasant and the Root from Brock Gallagher on Vimeo.

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

"The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!" directed by Jake Armstrong. It was created as his thesis film at The School of Visual Arts .

Juiced and Jazzed

"In prohibition era 1920s, hot jazz music overcomes a young woman named Lulu after she stumbles upon a flask. Her night on the town is cut short when the long arm of the law intervenes.

The swinging jazz of Joe Venuti and the wild music of Spike Jones accompany the visuals, inspired by early 20th century animation."

Student film by Justin Weber, made at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Official Web site :


A student film by Benjamin Nielsen and Henrik Sønniksen , made at The Animation Workshop (Viborg) .

Vegeterrible from Henrik Sønniksen on Vimeo.

The Lighthouse Keeper

Graduate film from The Gobelins School -


The Lighthouse Keeper Team :
Baptiste Rogron / ;
Rony Hotin / ;
Maïlys Vallade / ;
Jérémie Moreau / ;
Gaëlle Thierry / ;
David François/
Music : Romain Gauthier /

Saturday, February 20, 2010