Two outliers of society – one a coddled superstar android, the other a forgotten farmland scarecrow, find each other at a music festival, a place as ever representative of the hedonistic and compassionate extremes of human behavior.
Within the tragic constraints of impending death, our organic and mechanical protagonists carve a niche into the world they find themselves in, and inside that niche discover a connection, birthed in the maelstrom of social exclusion – a sentiment I very much identify with.
With exceptional and seamless CGI, graceful cinematography, combined with Nils Frahm’s heart-rending composition ‘Says‘, this production is a beautiful and powerful offering by director Kibwe Tavares.
Directed by Kibwe Tavares
ProductionL Factory Fiften
This is the first work we’ve featured by Scorch Motion, and I don’t think it will be the last. This wonderful and humorous little animation uses perfect comedic timing and a vivid 8-bit ‘Minecraft’ style to convey ‘a day in the life’ for some unfortunate people where random items, some critical, some banal, mysteriously disappear without warning. It’s even funnier because one doesn’t hear the responses of the victims of this phenomena, but I’d assume it would be a sharp curse. I’m still giggling on my fourth viewing.
Great work – simple, expressive, funny. Reminds me of another ‘what if’ film I love to watch, Tiny Worlds.
Created by Scorch Motion (link)
Krump is a powerful and evocative dance style created in South Central Los Angeles, born of the pronounced duress and hardship experienced by many residents of these areas. The dance form itself calls upon deep emotional candidness as the dancer plumbs the full extent of their frustrations, experiences and struggles and physically manifests them into incredibly moving performances.
While I certainly appreciate the warm shooting style that expertly supports the medium it depicts, as well as the superbly edited interviews and scenes that construct a somber yet optimistic narrative about what Krump means to the people who practice it – I feel the best description of the film comes from the disarmingly honest perspective of the featured dancer and co-creator of Krump, Tight Eyez:
It’s helped me say things I can’t say to people… like when you don’t know your mom until you’re a teenager, that’s me. I haven’t seen my father since I was four. I have two pictures of him. One is in my room, and one is a mugshot on the internet. You have to put that somewhere. It’s therapy sometimes. And we make the ugly part of our lives beautiful at that moment. We make it good. So, we’ve figured out how to turn the evil we experienced into creativity and that’s the spiritual part about it, that’s why it’s spiritual for me because I’ve done that, because of the type of life I’ve had, I would have been a different man if I didn’t have Krump.
Director: Maceo Frost
Released in 2017.
Modern scientific prophets remind us of the wonder of the human form and its apparently miraculous functional properties – yet to some sufferers of chronic physiological and mental issues, the body can be little more than a monstrously deficient and impedimentary vehicle.
Within a sullen, funny, and dark Powerpoint presentation style, our narrator cites a bitter litany of ailments that have afflicted him through his life, utilizing a disconnected and digitized voice littered with curses, blame, and curmudgeonly charming annoyance.
Swedish director Patrik Eklund is well accomplished, with numerous awards under his belt including an Academy Awards nomination for Best Short Film (live action) with Istället för abrakadabra (Instead of Abracadabra) in 2008.
Director: Patrik Eklund
From the creator:
This collaboration is intended to act as a social commentary which aims to cast light on perceived societal expectations and social norms by integrating elements and people from different walks of life.
Director: Quentin Baillieux
A recent find thanks to someone on Facebook, this lovely little film shows the intimate relationship we develop with our machines and the little joys we cherish, and how the sadness that life throws at us, one way or another, makes us hold on to these joys ever tighter.
Directed by Dustin Cohen
Released in 2013
Disturbing, strangely heart warming and extremely macabre offering from Aardman Studios. Two spinsters of indeterminate age eke out a living on the coast of a troubled sea, a peculiar but loving bond between them.
And they’re going to have house guests, no matter what it takes…
Directed by Luis Cook
Links to movie page here.
Akin to Awakenings starring Robert DeNiro, this short demonstrates the prison that is the disturbed and fractured brain – in this case, a victim of multiple personality disorder. Directed by his many personas that roam freely in his head, Daniel is merely a mouthpiece of whoever is currently the loudest – or whoever makes the most sense for the moment.
Gritty and harsh, although at times a little cartoonish – it remains the stark depiction of a tortured brain.
Directed by Trevor Sands
Do me a favor. Watch the film, then come back to the description. No spoilers.
Done? Good. Fantastic huh? Taking the sub-culture of an innocence American dive country bars, this film is at first funny as hell – two completely opposite personalities (played excellently by Timothy Brennen and Ian Gary) manage to keep you amused until the frankly terrifying conclusion arises, popping up behind your back to say ‘boo’ – this take on H.G. Wells War of the Worlds is thoroughly entertaining.
Directed by Lowell Northrop
Gorgeous experimental piece from director Takeuchi that uses commercially available motion-capture software to re-represent a beautiful dance. The flickering, atomic quality to it reminds me of fragments of human composition, that we are never just one thing, but billions of independent components working in synchrony.
Directed by Maria Takeuchi