Get Ready for the First 3D Printed Short Film

French artist Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud is about to make history by debuting the first short film made completely with 3D-printed pieces. The film “Chase Me” uses nearly 2500 individual pieces to create the story of a young ukulele carrying girl on a walk through the mysterious forest. While others have created 3D printed animations, this will be the first that could be called a short film.

We’re All Afraid of Something. This Little Animation Shows How That Can Be Good.

Fear is so pervasive it could be the main human condition. It’s an emotion that follows those who seem to have everything together, and those who can’t leave the house.

But is it really all bad?

For her graduation from Vancouver Film School, San Francisco-based animator and illustrator Nata Metlukh made an exceptional short film which looks creatively at the upside of fear. It’s charming characters challenge us to re-asses the way we look at this common emotion, and schools us in the possibility that embracing it might just take away its power.

Retrowave: A Stunning 80s Animation Combines ‘Tron’ with ‘Back to the Future’

It’s part Back to the Future vehicles, part Tron surrealism. German animator Florian Renner has produced a overload of ‘80s goodness with his latest short, called Retrowave. The neon wrapped buildings of his futuristic city are seen through a greased lens. And down on the streets a time-traveling Delorean races through 88 mph and time itself. It’s a fitting vision for this 30th anniversary of the now legendary film.

Le Gouffre: An Award Winning, Painterly Short About Building a Rickety Bridge Across a Chasm

For being the first animated short film they’ve produced and directed, Lightning Boy Studio has certainly set the mark high. Exquisitely crafted by a Montreal-based team of three animators, the film Le Gouffre (The Chasm) features two travelers that come across a deep obstacle in the midst of their journey. The beautiful landscape they traverse is made all the more stunning by the painterly treatment given to each scene. It lends a hand-crafted aesthetic rarely found in 3D animation.

The Boxtrolls’ End Credits Shows How Much Work Goes Into Stop-Motion

A stop-motion movie might not be the typical platform for a philosophical discussion of determinism versus free will, but the end credits for The Boxtrolls handles it in very funny fashion. The short clip also highlights the massive amount of work that goes into creating a stop-motion film, showing a time-lapse animator repositioning each character a countless number of times to produce just this short sequence.

For an idea of how long this took, note the changes in the animators outfit as the days pass.

“It’s just too much…”

A Stop-Motion Animation Made from 10k Nuts

Using 10,000 hex nuts and a big slab of concrete, director Will Lemke and his team created a stop-motion animation that pays tribute to the rhythms of mechanics and industry. Animated in one contiguous shot, the nuts transform from sound waves, to factories, and the tools used to build them. The entire process took 2 weeks, working 12 hours a day.

Is This What Classic Disney Films Would Look Like Today?

There’s a distinct difference between classic Disney animations and the films like “Frozen” that we see today. Older films were hand animated, and feature a distinctly flat cartoonish appearance, but today’s computer animated films are a world apart. Their atmospheric realism is so convincing it almost looks like the real world. Video game character artist Tyson Murphy has been updating these classics making us wonder, “what if those older films were made today?”

A Film Without Film: Behold The Magic of 3D Printing Animation

Who says you need film to make a film? A French artist named Julien Maire has combined the modern technology of 3D printing with the classic art of animation to create unique light motion on a wall. The final result, composed of 85 miniature figurines in various micro-movement poses, looks like a motion picture of a man digging a hole. Like a flashy, crackly, silent film reel from the early 1900s, the project uses new ideas to create something old school.

Norman Rockwell’s “Connoisseur” Admires the GIF Masterpieces of Today

For the GIF connoisseur, there isn’t a huge selection at your local gallery or museum. But one art space has emerged digitally, bringing those with a taste for looping images that same sense of admiring a masterpiece… in the company of one particular fellow. He originally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur in 1951. It showed him observing what looked like a Jackson Pollock piece.

These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move.