Lurie-224x126With so much ongoing coverage of NAB, it's easy to get lost in the technical side of filmmaking. I don't want to give the storytelling side short shrift, however, so here's the evocative and beautiful dialogue-free animated short "The Silence Beneath the Bark," which was shortlisted for an Oscar this year. Joanna Lurie filtered and modified photos in Adobe Photoshop to create abstract, textured backgrounds, and then brought to life animated 3D characters. It's easy to forget about the technical details and get lost in the fictional setting, however -- as it should be:

If you liked the short, there's also a behind-the-scenes video, which explores the meaning of the film as well. While we're taking a break from gadgetry, another evocative animated short comes to mind as well.

[via Directors Notes]