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JunkyardOne of the most underappreciated cinematic art forms is the short film, the sting, perhaps, felt more so in dramas (it takes less time to unpack a joke than a heart). However, Dutch filmmaker Hisko Hulsing’s dramatic animated short, Junkyard, which has won 22 festival awards, tells a more amazingly vivid and sincere story in 18 minutes than many live action features do in 90. Directors Notes catches up with Hulsing as he details his 6-year filmmaking process: how he  financed the film, composed the soundtrack, and brought the incredible oil-painted backgrounds and 2D and 3D animations to life. More »

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Guide to American FootballEven though the Super Bowl may be one of the most-watched sporting events each year in the US, it also reaches other nations around the globe. And since we have our own global audience, we thought we’d share this quick and hilarious guide to American football, created by UK-based and BAFTA award winning director, designer, and motionographer Fraser Davidson: More »

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sundance film festivalIt’s that time of year again, No Film Schoolers. The Sundance Film Festival, the Super Bowl of independent film, has made its way back to Park City for another year. Last year, the folks at Sundance did something unexpected; they uploaded 12 short films selected to play at the prestigious festival and premiered them on YouTube. The film with the most views once the festival concluded would then be awarded the YouTube Audience Award. The online competition has returned for its second year, and the lineup has expanded to 15 films, ranging from narrative to documentary to animation and beyond. Check out a few of this year’s Sundance short films below. More »

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Archer 1 (Color)Chances are if you’re between the ages of 16 to 35, you’ve watched the FX animated hit, ArcherIt’s one of those shows that appeals ever so perfectly to our inner man-child sensibilities. But I digress. It’s a show that combines an extremely basic animation style with a sleek, modern aesthetic, one that combines the mundanities and oddities of a dysfunctional office sitcom with the high-flying action of a well-choreographed spy thriller. In a recent photo set on the Rolling Stone website, Neal Holman, the show’s Art Director, walks us through the process of animating an action scene from Archer: More »

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Michel GondryFilms have the ability to transport us into other worlds; sometimes those worlds bear a striking resemblance to the one we live in every day, and other times they dwell in the surreal. One of the greatest filmmakers to teeter his films along this line is Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, and his latest project, a documentary featuring modern philosopher Noam Chomsky, walks that same line. Gondry takes us behind the scenes in a video by The Creators Project and details how he utilized stop motion techniques to animate his conversation with the “father of modern linguistics.” More »

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The Bear & The HareSo I totally get we’re still in November and that seeing the Christmas decorations already polluting every inch of your local mall has got your blood boiling and that you expect No Film School to be a ho ho haven from such premature revelry but just bear with me (sorry couldn’t resist) as you take a look at Blink’s heartwarming spot for John Lewis’ The Bear & The Hare that, dare I say it, actually captures the spirit of Christmas. Get in the seasonal spirit after the jump: More »

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King of the Hill Animation GuideIf you’ve ever worked in animation, whether it was a short web series, TV show, or film, creating a cohesive and consistent style, especially if there are multiple animators, is quite a large task. Even something as small as what the characters’ eyes do when they drink from a cup, or whether or not to use the frosted glass effect on windows are carefully determined, creating an overarching style for all animators to follow. You can see for yourself just how intricate and particular these things get in the Do’s and Don’ts animation guide created for the King of the Hill animation team. Continue on to check it out. More »

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Pixelstick 4Over the past few years, timelapse photography has gone from being the cream of the crop of DSLR videos to a somewhat trite technique that is nothing if not overused. However, what if a piece of technology came along that could open up a whole new world of possibilities for the world of timelapse photography? What if the limits of what had previously been possible with long exposures could be stretched infinitely, and with a relatively inexpensive piece of technology. Well folks, that piece of technology is here, and it’s called Pixelstick. Check out the details below: More »

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ParallaxWhen I first started dabbling in After Effects and Flash several years ago, the first videos I made were simple animations (think cave drawings.) Not really knowing anything about layers or expressions made for interesting results when I tried to achieve the parallax effect — the illusion that objects move more quickly or slowly depending on how far away they are. Mikey Borup shares a tutorial that makes parallax scrolling a little bit easier. Continue on to watch the video: More »

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zoetropeI’m sure that when the awesome people who brought us GIFs like “Cupcake Dog” or Kate Upton doing the Cat Daddy, they had no idea that they were participating in cinema’s earliest attempts at filmmaking. I mean — what is a GIF if not a digital reproduction of early animations created in devices that utilized the same persistence of vision principals we use today? Right? In other words, GIFs are phenakistoscopes, praxinoscopes, and zoetropes for the 21st century. Don’t think so? Well, you might change your mind once you see Richard Balzer bring these 19th century animations to life using the technology of the 21st century. Behold — 19th century GIFs. More »

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little freakBirthdays are normally a time of joy and a celebration of the extra year you’ve just spent in the world. Not so for the star of Edwin Schaap’s animated short Little Freak – who despite the skilful nature of his hands in the craft of carving has been condemned to live life as an object of horror and disgust as a side-show freak. Watch his eloquent plea for recognition after the break. More »

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Hayao MiyazakiJapanese director Hayao Miyazaki has captured the hearts and imaginations of many with his keen ability to reproduce a kind of melancholic innocence in his films — a slow-moving, yet always-moving emptiness that is best described by the Japanese word “ma,” which Miyazaki explains in an interview from 2002 with the late Roger Ebert. However, it’s a sad day for anyone who admired his whimsical animated films. Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino announced at the 2013 Venice Film Festival that the legendary director is retiring, and The Wind Rises will be his final film. Continue reading to explore what made Miyazaki’s films so unique, both technically, cinematically, and emotionally. More »

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RequiemForRomanceAnyone who’s ever suffered through the heartache that comes from a romantic breakup knows that there are a plethora of songs which suddenly seem to speak to your fractured emotional state, merging the musician’s own experiences of a love lost with your own. In Montreal-based filmmaker Jonathan Ng’s beautifully expressive kung fu animation Requiem for Romance, he blends a personal story of heartbreak with a commentary on attitudes towards art within contemporary Chinese society by setting the emotional action of a phone call break up within feudal China. Click through to experience the raw emotion. More »

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benh_zeitlin_eggIt’s always interesting to look back at the early shorts of a director to see just how much of their current style and technique was present at a budget and resource level which could conceivably be attained without the support of deep pocketed backers. When Benh Zeitlin’s award-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild was released, much of the discussion about the director’s origins focussed on his 2008 short Glory at Sea, which sits as an obvious precursor to Beasts, yet that film isn’t how Zeitlin got his feet wet as a filmmaker. Watch 3 of his pre-Glory at Sea shorts recently uploaded to Court 13′s Vimeo account after the jump. More »

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harryhausenEven if you don’t know the name Ray Harryhausen, you’ve almost definitely seen his work, or the work of someone who was directly influenced by him. Harryhausen (who passed away in May at the age of 92) was the undisputed master of stop-motion, creator of “Dynamation,” and the mind behind some of cinema’s classic moments in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Cinephilia and Beyond has a link to an hour-long documentary on the man’s life, narrated by Leonard Nimoy (and I will watch anything narrated by Leonard Nimoy). Click below to learn more about this stop-motion icon, who created fantastic worlds one painstaking frame at a time. More »

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OscillateWe’ve all heard the maxim that ‘70% of a movie is sound‘ and whilst there may be some quibbling over that exact percentage, in the case of Daniel Sierra’s transfixing musical film Oscillate, I can confidently pronounce sound and the sine waves which represent it on-screen, equal 100% of the whole, compelling experience. Take a look at what you can hear after the jump: More »

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The Man Who Saw a BoatThe tranquility of a life spent living beneath the waves flows from the screen in Vancouver Film School student Henrique Barone’s 2D/3D mixed animated short The Man Who Saw a Boat. When it came to the film’s development however, Barone had to dive deep to find a story worth telling, gathering the technical tools he needed along the way. Click through to watch the short and find out more. More »

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EntropyAlongside jowl wobbling slaps to the face or exploding water balloon speed ramps, tracking a drop of water as it falls through space into a coalescence cascade is one of those de facto shots oft used to demonstrate just how super speedy your new high-speed camera is. I could see why you’d be loathed to sit through yet another one — after all, seen one drop of water seen them all — but what if I said that the team over at Physalia Studio had actually managed to map an animation into falling water drops in their opening title film Entropy for IdN TV? Take a look at their CGI-free, mission possible after the break. More »

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MirageAll too often the films that make the biggest splashes are those that race from one showy kinetic scene to the next, barely allowing a pause for breath before the final credits roll. So every once in a while its refreshing to find a film that takes a gentle stroll as its tempo, as Frederic Kokott’s short animation Mirage does as it portrays a city in picture and sound. Ease into it after the jump: More »

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Take a poem written by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, combine it with transfixing stratastencil animation, throw in a strong piano score from Conrado Kempers and Pedro Carneiro, and have Brazilian design and motion graphics studio 18bis blend it all together. If you’re lucky you’ll end up with The Me Bird; a transfixing, textured dance film, realized through a mix of digital and crafted techniques. Fall into it after the jump: More »