Tag Archives: short film

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Bowie & TildaDavid Bowie StarsI’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!

Gloam

‘Gloam’ is a beautiful new short film made by We Are The Forest (comprised of David Elwell & Gareth Hughes). It portrays the journey of a solitary creature making his way through the forest, and is both mysterious and melancholy. Even though the protagonist strikes me as somewhat creepy and bizarre, its character seems gentle and intriguing enough that you have a kind of empathy for him – it’s never revealed what’s in the forest, but I found myself hoping that this strange beast wouldn’t come to any harm. The moving soundtrack seems to evoke a kind of loneliness, and it’s like the creature is searching for something meaningful.

The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please

This breathtaking animated short by Mikey Please tells the story of a scientist who is obsessed with time. While the pared down minimalistic style might look as though it is made using CGI, the amazing truth is that the whole thing has been produced through foam models and stop motion, with shadows and highlights being employed to create the illusion of movement. At 8 minutes long, I can’t even fathom how much time and effort this film took to make, but it deservedly picked up awards from BAFTA, AFI, South by Southwest, the British Animation Awards, Chicago International Film Festival and LA Film Festival…and that’s not even the half of it!

Ballin’

Watch this short film by Everynone about balls.

Yeah, so it’s not a video about those kind of balls, it’s a video about spheres. If you’re looking for a video about bollocks then…okay, here you go. Here’s a pretty funny animated short about those other balls for you. It’s called ‘The Frogs’ Bollocks and Other Assorted Bollocks’, and you have Stephen Ong to thank for its existence!

Tap To Retry

‘Tap To Retry’ is an incredibly ambitious project by Neta Cohen. The short stop-motion animation portrays everything in papercraft and, amazingly, this was Neta’s first attempt at stop-motion animation. Unbelievable!

Cloudy

This animation by Friends With You is adorably juvenile and cutesy. It makes me feel so placid and happy that it’s as though my IQ just dropped by 10 points. I’d still recommend watching it, though. It’s definitely worth the imagined drop in intelligence.

Emporio Armani AW 2012

Oh wow.This new campaign film from Emporio Armani is so exquisite. Shot by Alasdair McLellan in Tokyo, it somehow manages to recall the electrifying visuals of Gaspar Noé’s ‘Enter The Void’, but slows the pace and adds a contemplative soundtrack – echoing the melancholy that runs through Tetsuya Nakashima’s ‘Confessions’.

Stop Motion Guacamole!

I love stop motion almost as much as I love guacamole. This video made me smile like a delighted toddler when I first watched it, so I watched it again, and I was still amazed by the simplicity and cleverness of it. It’s brilliant how the sound effects convey texture. It helps us to identify what vegetable the object represents in a split second.