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 nice concept item from Erik Wernquist, using the the words and the voice of the incomparable Carl Sagan as background. We are shown a future where we resume the exploratory roles natural selection endowed upon us and move out to our neighboring planets to become not a terrestrial species, but a solar one. Graphically exciting and immersive.
“We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still.
Directed by Erik Wernquist
Tiny Worlds is an adorable look into a potential world where much is maintained that we never see. Each of the industrious vehicles has a character of it’s own, which is quite the feat given the films 59 second length. More of a showcase than an independent film, I’m hoping they’ll develop this further.
Nigel Stanford’s latest track, filmed by Shahir Daud, is an astounding experiment in sound and music, a process named ‘cymatics’, using speakers and amplifiers to generate a visual representation of sound. Water, grains of salt and even fire-jets twist and distort to the varying air-pressures.
Daud chose to film this in industrial tones of grey and black, using stripped construction concrete and sharp fluorescent lighting as the backdrop. Standford’s presence is duplicated in similar tones, anonymous behind his instruments, combining himself with them as fused mechanisms of music, science and biology.
The message is powerful: music, even in group settings, is seen as relativistic experience, yet by showing us the effect of the same expression on physical objects rather than humans, and sinking the creator himself into the background, we see the natural world isolated, emphasized and rediscovered as the arbiter of human experience. We have sent out probes into the universe as carriers of music and frequency to express human kind to the heavens and Stanford and Daud show a simulacrum of this in a combinatorial depiction of the mechanistic, the electronic and the elemental.
Directed by: Shahir Daud
Humorous and wise, this film shows the constricting and circular nature of not just greed, but human nature itself. Stop-motion animation written and directed by the talented Kevin Parry. Check out his short film blog.
Directed by Kevin Parry
With all the feelings invoked in a Hayao Miyazaki film; an immediate immersion into a sprawling world; a life lesson regarding the importance of educating those you send into the world and giving them the eyes to see: this film is a delight and a gorgeous piece of art.
Thanks to Whitney for the recommendation.
Night Light from Qing Han on Vimeo.
Directed by: Qing Han