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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)

Released 2017

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.

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Similar to a previously posted film, La Maison en Petits Cubes, this humorous piece shows a community working to deal with a challenging environment in such a way that is distinctly human and underlies why it’s hard to despise this species for all its flaws. A whimsical ‘day in the life’ and a pleasure to watch.

Directed by: Robert Löbel

Released: 2013

Winner of the 2009 Oscar award of Best Animated Short Film, this delightful and melancholic film is easily one of my favorite films of all time.

The use of flood water to express how the weight of years passed soon outnumber the hope of years to come, is as effective as the message of how keeping ones head above water can become harder and harder. Watching the old man dive down, layer by layer, offers a sense of hope and acceptance of what has passed in a dramatically simple manner – let yourself fall and your mind will do the rest.

The aesthetic of this beautiful film is two-dimensional and sketched, showing a temporary nature to our homes, whilst showing a society that has learned to adapt to the changing environment. History exists beneath the water, and with it the drowning pain of loss, and whilst his house, the present, pierces the waves, many rooftops lie beneath. A deeply sad, yet pragmatic film.

La Maison en Petits Cubes from Steven Ray Cortidor on Vimeo.

Directed by: Kunio Katou

An amazingly choreographed picture that demonstrates mastery of the long shot, taking us from the tourism of Rome to the chaos of war-time Sarajevo. Brutal and affectionate.

(I apologize for the quality, I was unable to find a version with better resolution and audio)

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ahmed Imamović