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Category : Animation

The Eagleman Stag (short film)

I’ve just seen The Eagleman Stag, a mesmerising stop-motion short film about the subjective perception of the passing of time. The film was directed by Michael Please and has won numerous awards. Beautifully crafted in polystyrene foam, the film as a unique look and provides food for thought.

I hope you enjoy this film as much as I have.


A peek behind the scenes:


More on “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”

I posted a while ago about Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), where Campbell explores the theory that all stories are expressions of the same fundamental structure, which he named “the Hero’s Journey”, or the “monomyth”, and describes the stages along this journey.

I’ve found a beautiful TED animation that introduces Campbell’s work:


Also, here you can watch excerpts from The Power of Myth, a six one-hour conversations between Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers, broadcast on PBS in 1988.


Animations of some of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time

Open Culture has compiled an amazing collection of animations that adapt some of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time:

18 Animations of Classic Literary Works: From Plato and Shakespeare, to Kafka, Hemingway and Gaiman.
Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Animated in Two Minutes.

Below, the beautiful adaptation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea:


Stop frame animated video using Google Street View

Check out this cool video:

GOOGLE STREET VIEW from Sehsucht™ on Vimeo.


The CellScope

At the University of California, Berkley, Professor Daniel Fletcher and his team had an idea that now helps to save lives. They took a microscope, a Nokia N95, and put them together. They call it the CellScope. A super-portable microscope imaging device, perfect for diagnosing diseases in remote areas in developing world countries. Images of cell samples can be captured then sent by MMS anywhere in the world for instant analysis. With the CellScope it is possible for a doctor in the middle of nowhere to screen for infectious diseases.

The CellScope was the inspiration for a teeny-tiny film created by Sumo Science at Aardman Animation Studios. It stars a 9mm girl called Dot as she struggles through a microscopic world. All the minuscule detail was shot using CellScope technology and a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics.

Brilliant. ENJOY!

And here is the making of (Aardman Animation Studios):

Found at Laughing Squid.


What are the three most important things in a great animated movie

David Martinez highlights in his blog a series of articles by Kevin Koch about What are the three most important things in a great animated movie”. Most of the points the author makes are also valid for live action. You can read the articles here:

  1. Story, story and story?
  2. Storytelling, storytelling, storytelling?
  3. My Final Answer to the Question

Thanks for the heads up, Dave!

By the way, I saw “Toy Story 3″ yesterday: I honestly think it’s one of the most heartbreaking animated movies I’ve ever seen!

When I was a kid I didn’t want to go see “The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast” or other Disney movies, because I thought I was “too grown-up for that stuff”. Only recently I have discovered that animated movies can show us the same truth and move us emotionally in the same way than live action movies do. Good films are about telling good stories with great characters, and telling them right, no matter the means used.