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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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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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12 Year Old Director Trinity Anderson nofilmschool

Trinity Anderson is barely 12 years old and she makes me feel like I’m slacking: she knows how to operate a steadicam, has been animating for years, and just finished a successful kickstarter for her short called Me and Ewe. Seriously? I’m pretty sure at 12 years old all I did was play tetherball and draw really awful stick figure cartoons. (Come to think of it, not much has changed.) Trinity was ever-so-kind enough to sit down for a video interview with NFS to talk about anything from her Dragonframe stop-motion software, to her thoughts on gender equality in the movie biz. More »

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It’s one thing knowing that directors and actors can combine their talents (along with a whole army of folks working away behind the scenes) to have us suspend our disbelief and buy into their presentation of a character experiencing a particular situation. Succumbing to a well-directed scene isn’t that great of a leap from being sucked into a well delivered story told round a camp fire, after all. For those of us who aren’t animators by trade, especially the stop motion variety, there’s something of a black box mystery when it comes to the art of turning inanimate objects into living, breathing characters we can route for. That’s why it’s always a fascinating treat to get a peak inside the inner workings of a top animation studio such as Laika, who are responsible for compelling animated stories such as Henry Selick’s Coriline or more recently, Sam Fell and Chris Butler’s dark adventure, ParaNorman – for which Grow Film created a series of behind the scenes videos. More »

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This beautiful and touching stop-motion short by Kirsten Lepore just won a Vimeo Community Choice award, and deservedly so. On a basic level it’s a perfect example of anthropomorphism, as we assign emotions and desires to what are literally piles of dirt. Going beyond this, the relationship metaphor feels derived from real life, negating any sort of escapism to be had at the hands of what could otherwise be merely cute animation. Highly recommended. More »