The Motion Weekly is a showcase of awe-inspiring short films, animation and motion graphic works from around the web. Some pieces featured have been created by professional studios, while others may be personal works. May this weekly segment serve to inspire you.
Bendito Machine V
This wonderful, award-winning, series of shorts started ten years ago (April 2006), and have been screened at over 500 film festivals worldwide. With a look that borrows from the 'shadow plays' of old, each short is incredibly imaginative and shows a love-hate relationship between primitive man and surreal machines. The final episode is currently in the works, but they need your help. Please consider lending support to their Kickstarter campaign.
Finally, the 5th installment of the machine's saga!
"An exotic traveler from far away. An unexplored territory. A turbulent conflict. The storm will pass."
Visit our Kickstarter campaign and find out how to help us with the production of the final Bendito Machine episode!
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Have I mentioned how much I love Stop-Motion films yet? This incredible, award-winning film has some CGI elements in it as well, but the amount of work that went into creating the scene and props, and then getting the shots, is astounding. Please do check out the excellent 'Making Of' video to really get a sense of what went into this project.
Stop Motion Short Film Running time: 11'50''
Winner of 90 International Awards and Selected in 265 International Film Festivals
Synopsis: Day by day, the daughter of an elder military commander takes care of her bedridden father. The dictatorship has come to an end in Argentina, but not in this woman's life.
Making of: vimeo.com/88605096
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Idea and Direction: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso
Screenplay: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso
Screenplay advisor: Patricio Plaza
Pre-production: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso Silvina CornillÃ³n Patricio Plaza Natalia Acosta
Storyboards: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso Patricio Plaza
Stop-motion Animation: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso
Production (France): Dora Benousilio
Production (Argentina): Santiago 'Bou' Grasso Patricio Plaza
Cinematographer: Sergio PiÃ±eyro Juan Maglione
CGI Clock: Gervasio Rodriguez Traverso (Trexel) Pablo A. Diaz (Trexel) Marcelo Maccarrone
CGI Birds: Mariano Antico (Barraca Post) Federico Gimeno Miguel Alejandro Cortina
Post production: Diego Gambarotta Javier Ignacio Luna Crook HernÃ¡n GonzÃ¡lez Guadalupe LabakÃ©
Montage - Editing: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso Patricio Plaza
Armatures: Santiago 'Bou' Grasso Florentino Grasso
Puppet matrices and constructions: Ariel Bernachea
Art assistants: Ariel Bernachea SebastiÃ¡n Hojnadel Christian Davies Maru TomÃ© Diana Rasco Mauro Rodriguez Santos Ana Flores
Costumes and Graphic Design: Natalia Acosta
Portraits Illustrations: Sebastian Dufour
Music Lucas Nikotian Patricio Plaza
Sound mixing and editing: Alexandre Lormeau
Foley: Patricio Plaza Romain Anklewicz
Foley recording: Stephane de Rocquigny
Color correction: Isabelle Laclau
Collaborators: Gustavo Goglino Agustin Pecchia Leonardo CrisÃ³stomo Humberto Taglialegna Eugenia Mindurry Facundo Marsilli
Country of Production: Argentina - France
Filmed in opusBou (Bariloche, Argentina) and Can Can Club (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Â© Santiago 'Bou' Grasso 2013-2014
Ma'agalim - Jane Bordeaux
This music video for Jane Bordeaux is both beautiful and original. A great concept that absolutely sings! From the fine details in the 3D modeling to the individual shots and lighting, I am blown away.
Official music video for Jane Bordeaux's 'Ma'agalim'. In a forgotten old penny arcade, a wooden doll is stuck in place and time.
Music - Jane Bordeaux Band
Producers: Uri Lotan & Yoav Shtibelman
Director: Uri Lotan
Co-Director: Yoav Shtibelman
Art Director: Ovadia Benishu
Additional Art: Avner Geller
Lighting and Shading: Yosef Refaeli
Additional Lighting: Uri Lotan, Rob Showalter
Storyboard: Yoav Shtibelman
Modeling and Rigging: Uri Lotan, Ore Peleg, Or Ofri
Texturing:Yosef Refaeli, Dor Ben-Dayan
Animation: Yoav Shtibelman, Toby Pedersen, Ron Polischuk
Effects: Phenomena Labs
Compositing: Uri Lotan, Ilya Marcus
Colorist: Ilya Marcus
Jane Bordeaux - Doron Talmon, Amir Zeevi, Mati Gilad
Lyrics by - Meytal Kadosh
Composed by Doron Talmon
Percussion and Singing - Doron Talmon
Guitar - Amir Zeevi
Duble Bass - Mati Gilad
Harmonica, Percussion, Music Production and Mix - Tomer Yeshayahu
Mastering - Ori Winokur "Slik Studio"
George Saunders: On Story
Admittedly, I've never read anything from George Saunders, but I loved what he had to say in this short film about storytelling. Aside from that, this short just looks and feels incredible. Very well done. I'll certainly be following Redglass Pictures.
Originally launched on the Atlantic.com A Film by Tom Mason and Sarah Klein Executive Produced by Ken Burns
In this rare appearance as a documentary subject, George Saunders reveals the pitfalls of bad storytelling and explains the openness and generosity required to breath life into great characters. The film offers a direct look at the process by which he is able to take a single mundane sentence and infuse it with the distinct blend of depth, compassion, and outright magic that are the trademarks of his most powerful work.
Situated in an innovative and dreamlike visual world set to a lush original soundtrack by Antfood music, the seven-minute film distills the magical essence of one of our most beloved writers into a work that will inspire old fans and Saunders newbies alike.
George Saunders: On Story is the second in the On Story short film series created by Redglass Pictures (redglasspictures.com). The first, Ken Burns: On Story, is viewable here: vimeo.com/40972394
To see some of our favorite parts that didn't make the film, check out these interview extras: On the relationship between reader and writer: vimeo.com/147461984 On the tricks of the writing process: vimeo.com/147461982 In defense of darkness: vimeo.com/147461981
Transcript available here: docs.google.com/document/d/1cpHegIk-Aeeo9YlSrC9zM-_5O7afdN27AJAL_OvJzFg/edit?usp=sharing
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