04.02.14 by Jeff

“Move Mountain” animation by Kirsten Lepore

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One of the most talented artists I know, Kirsten Lepore, has finally released her CalArts graduate thesis film and it is incredible. “Move Mountain” is a masterpiece, a wonderful story about healing, expertly told and gorgeously animated. This is what it looks like when a filmmaker has complete control of her craft.

I interviewed Kirsten last year and we talked about her previous films, and briefly about how a song by The Knife kinda inspired “Move Mountain” (read the interview here). She remains one of only a few people to ever guest post on Booooooom, and her post of hand drawn animations is still one of my favourites in the history of this site (see it here).

Check out those links, turn up your speakers, turn down your lights, and enjoy her film below!

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28.01.14 by Jeff

“Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop” by Caleb Wood

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Love this surreal short animation by Caleb Wood. Some of the sound here oddly sorta reminds me of Yojimbo (one of my favourite film scores).  Watch below.

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27.01.14 by Jeff

“Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers” Animation

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A perfect little 10-second animation by Wayne Unten. Watch it below.

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14.01.14 by Jeff

“Eager” Animation by Allison Schulnik

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This is cinematic perfection, it’s truly one of the finest pieces of animation I’ve seen. I’ve praised Allison Schulnik’s animations in the past (here and here) but I think this film is her strongest work to date. It is absolutely gorgeous, and also terrifying, and I guess that’s sort of how I feel about all of her work.

Watch the Allison Schulnik’s animation “Eager” below!

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10.01.14 by Jeff

The Simpsons Pay Tribute to Legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki

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I haven’t watched The Simpsons in years but I might have to this Sunday. The teaser for the next episode reveals it to be a tribute to Japanese director, animator, Hayao Miyazaki. It will be an entire episode brimming with references to Studio Ghibli films.

The teaser has glimpses of My Neighbor TotoroHowl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, well, you get the idea.

I was thinking though, how cool would it have been to have Studio Ghibli actually produce the episode of The Simpsons? In their style! I guess, this is the next best thing.

Watch the video below!

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03.01.14 by Jeff

Experimental Animation Meets Pottery

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Animator Jim Le Fevre, whom I posted about way back in 2008 (See here: “Phonographantasmascope”), teamed up with Roops and Al Johnstone to make a fantastic phonotrope animation for the Crafts Council.

Roops and Al Johnstone make earthenware under the name RAMP, which stands for Roop and Al Make Pots. I can only imagine how anxious they must have been waiting for this thing to fire in the kiln, hoping nothing went wrong after all their hard work.

 

 

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12.12.13 by Jeff

Behind the Scenes of Michel Gondry’s film “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?”

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Michel Gondry’s latest film “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?” is now up on iTunes. If you’ve already seen it, here’s an extra dose of inspiration in the form of a 9-minute clip of Gondry drawing and talking about the film.

Just watching him work makes me wanna throw my calendar out the window and just doodle all day. Watch below!

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06.12.13 by Jeff

“Wind” animation by Robert Loebel

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Here’s a fantastic little graduate film about inhabitants of a strange windy land, by Robert Löbel. The sounds come courtesy of the always brilliant David Kamp. This is a perfect piece of storytelling. Watch the animation “Wind” below!

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