This edition of “Short of the Month” brings us “Paperman,” which is an Oscar-nominated short by Disney with lovely minimalistic black-&-white animation. I love this simple style and the lack of dialogue with the great story telling. Take a look.
This month’s featured short, “BOY,” is brought to us by British Airways. It was written by British Airways Great Britons winner Prasanna Puwanarajah, and directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, This is Spinal Tap, Redemption, The Karate Kid). Just like last month’s featured short film, there is absolutely no dialogue, but it is still able to tell a very clear story.
I love the flashback sequences. Flashbacks are hard to do, and keep a straight story at the same time. The editor, Rick Russell, did a phenomenal job keeping everything in line.
Also, with the absence of dialogue, music is key. The composer, Alex Heffes, did a perfect job of keeping the emotion where it needed to be.
You may notice that the main character, Timothy Spall, resembles Wormtail, from Harry Potter. I think they might be cousins.
Watch, and enjoy.
After the world has come to an apocalyptic end, there’s still a fight for survival. “Ruin” is set in the post-apocalyptic universe. This animated short, by OdBall Animation, is a quick battle between a human survivor and a flying, deadly drone. Also, the camera work is absolutely superb. You don’t hear that alot about animated films, but this one had some amazing camera work. I love the various motorcycle POV shots where the camera dutch-tilts with the tilt of the bike. Amazing!
You can find more about “Project: Ruin” and the development of this series on their website.