From love to bingo – Getty Images ad

In my job where using stock photos is necessary (and at times frustrating), it’s refreshing to see this very creative approach in combining 873 images at 15 images a second to create this 1 minute long stop motion short.

Copywriter Sophie Schoenburg and art director Marcus Kotlhar worked 6 months researching images, improving the script and building each scene so they would not only be understood, but would also touch viewers. Sometimes, for example, a scene would look perfect on paper, but the images chosen to depict it were not sufficient or did not perfectly match up to offer the right movement and sense.

Ken Burns: On Story

I made a film about baseball once

Legendary documentarian Ken Burns sits down for this 5 minute short film and give us his take and methodology on approaching storytelling.

Boxing Lessons with Eric Kelly

Having a job is a blessing. Doing something you love is a blessing. Even if the people are… miscreants.

Eric Kelly is a four time US amateur boxing champion who had to hang up his gloves after taking a pool cue to the eye on a night out.

He now trains Wall Street bankers how to box at the Church Street Boxing Gym in New York using one the classic approach to teaching: barraging them with verbal abuse and insults in order to toughen them up.

A Brief History of John Baldessari

This is a short film about famed artist John Baldessari. It is narrated by Tom Waits. This short film needs no more prompting for you to watch it.

3 Things: Twisted Shorts

This time bring you three mildly disturbing (but in many ways brilliant) short films.

3 Things: Animated Shorts

In keeping with the ‘oh hey, I can keep within a theme’ theme of these posts, here’s three animated shorts of varying styles and storytelling methods (but chosen mostly because they’re animated).

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Blue Whale by sivan kidron

The Chase by Philippe Gamer

Good Books “Metamorphosis”

This. This is just fucking awesome.

Comissioned by Good Books, this is one helluva slick piece of animation and music. There’s a voice over version here, but the almost caricature Depp is kind of distracting and as you’ll see in this version below, just the music and visuals are more than enough.

Fuck yeah.

UPDATE: The sound and music only version appears to have been replaced by the original voice over one. Have included a youtube version in the meantime.


“Wisdom Teeth” by Don Hertzfeldt

I have no idea how this has slipped by me til now, but if you’re even remotely familiar with Don Hertzfeldt, you’ll need little prompting to watch this short film made for Showtime.

And if you’re unfamiliar with his work, than you’re an alien and you need to watch this, this and especially this.

Christmas idents by Treat

Commissioned by E4 to create Christmas idents for them, these 5 shorts by British animation group Treat are short, snappy and unexpectedly awesome.