Tagged: short

Sam Barnett – Operator (2013)

I came across this pretty neat short stop-mo animation by Sam Barnett. The animation and models are pretty crude but I like the look and feel of them. The story is simple but well executed. I really like the jerky camera work which added a level of abstraction to the film and it made me really uneasy. The short reminded me of a cross between Robert Morgan’s ‘The Cat With Hands’ and ‘Wallace And Gromit’. For fans of dystopian science fiction.

Everything I Can See From Here

‘Everything I Can See From Here’ is a short animation from The Line, directed by Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim.

The story is quite simple which tends to be one of the limitations of a short film. Within that simple story, they manage to give the protagonists distinct unique characters which is rare for a short. I could also harp on for ages about the technical aspects of this film that make it stand out, like the amazing use of colour, lighting, movement and texture; but I’m going to concentrate on another aspect.

The mood that was created by all these elements really sold this work to me and engaged me. I’m going to stay away from terms such as mise en scène as the definition is vague at best, however it could also be used to describe the aspect I’m talking about. The mood that was created, made this world feel visceral and easy to suspend my disbelieve about the artifices of animation. Even though the world is clearly not real, It allows me to be engaged as if it were so, even more so.

How did they create this mood? Well… tbh I don’t really know the full answer to that. It’s definitely to do with the skillful combination of visual aesthetics, attention to detail within the world, and sound-scape design; but I can’t or break down any particular reason why it creates this response in me.

It’s my goal this year to really begin to nail down a personal style which I can use to create mood in the worlds of own works, so I’ll definitely be studying works like this and Angel’s Egg.


Weekly Inspiration #1 Jojo in the Stars

Jojo in the Stars directed by Marc Craste has been one of my favourite short animations for some time. It’s simple yet grimy design really strikes a chord with me, not to mention the amazing sound design and just plain excellent storytelling. It really follows the list of priority of elements in filmmaking I try to follow;





Jojo in the stars was inspired by ‘The Carny’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, of the album ‘Your Funeral… My trial'(1986) which is one of my all time favourites.

It’s sad to hear that now Studio AKA who helped create Jojo in the Stars and another great short animation ‘Varmints’ are now mainly just doing advertisement work or less than original shorts. Such is one of the biggest traps of being a creative, the giant maelstrom of corporate work and the promise of money, ‘nice things’ and beautiful people who are attracted to nice things slowly sucking you in… but more on that topic later.

Now sit back and watch ‘Jojo in the Stars’