‘Skhizein’, a short film about a man who’s 91cm from himself

'Skhizein' by Jeremy Clapin

What if, on any random day, you were suddenly strike by a giant meteor… that no one saw? And let’s say the meteor spatially moved your physical form 91cm away from where it should be? Would anyone believe you? Or would everyone think you’re crazy?

That’s the idea behind this short film by Jeremy Clapin called Skhizein. It’s kind of an odd story, but that’s also why it’s so charming. Plus the animation is extremely well done, especially the details of the main character charting out his perceived world in his apartment. Just watch it, you’ll understand.

Bobby Solomon

August 22, 2013 / By

Type Nerds, eat your heart out over “The History of Typography”

Ben Barrett-Forrest's “The History of Typography”

This is a little overdue but if you haven’t seen Ben Barrett-Forrest’s “The History of Typography” video, you must. I came across this video a few months ago and promptly proposed to him via Twitter out of nerdy adoration. (He said yes!)

The Canadian designer and self-proclaimed type nerd, decided the world was lacking in good typography videos. Over 140 hours, 291 paper letters and 2,454 photographs later, he’d filled the void. Barrett-Forrest used traditional stop-motion techniques to illustrate how printed type came to be and how it has evolved since its start. The video gives background to italics, serifs and various categories of sans. The video felt like a condensed version of Simon Garfield’s Just My Type to me and will make for a great tool in beginning typography and design classes.

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Carli Krueger

August 21, 2013 / By

‘Time’, a 5 second project by Max Halley

This is a short animation by Irish designer Max Halley who turns a simple countdown into a something quite charming. I love how he imbued each number with a unique personality, and the transition between each digit is spot-on.

Bobby Solomon

August 20, 2013 / By

Mikey Please’s ‘The Eagleman Stag’ is a Triumph of Storytelling and Stop Motion

The Easleman Stag - A Film by Michael Please

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about time. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I imagine everyone has those moments of existential panic where they worry that soon everything will trickle away. Perhaps you’re concerned that you’ve made the wrong decisions in life or maybe you’re worried that the older you get the less options you have in front of you. It’s a dark and worrying concern but it’s also a healthy part of being human. I like to imagine it’s what keeps us on our toes.

I’m not the only one concerned with my life slipping away. In fact, the British animator Mikey Please was so concerned about our quickening perception of time that he created an incredible animated short about it. The resulting film is an absolute triumph and a definitive ‘must watch’.

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Philip Kennedy

August 15, 2013 / By

The trailer for ‘Her’, the new film from Spike Jonze

'Her', the new film from Spike Jonze

You’ve gotta love Spike Jonze. He’s back with a new film called Her, about a lonely man named Theodore Twombly who finds companionship in a futuristic, Siri-like operating system. I love everything about this trailer – the cast, the music, the cinematography – I think it’s going to be a gem.

Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.

Bobby Solomon

August 7, 2013 / By

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