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Discoveries During Finals Finally Revealed

The blur that was finals, where our computers are chained to our wrists and sleep practically nonexistent, i found more than a few animated shorts worth mentioning.  First is Happy Cloud by Ilias Sounas, from Greece.  A combination of Flash and After Effects was used, as with most -- if not all -- productions today.  What's interesting about this is how Ilias Sounas uses After Effects.  Most use it to compile their flash animations together or to put in special effects.  Here, After Effects is used to give depth to her Flash work, which, we all know, tends to turn out extremely flat if your not careful. 

It made me smile for a moment before I had to get back to the grind of finals.

Embedding it wouldn't work, so follow this link to check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhtGcj75Kis


The next one that I found is The Cat Piano by Jessica Brentnall and The People's Republic of Animation.  This short, amazingly enough, was drawn, frame by frame, in Photoshop.  All eight minutes and thirty-two seconds of it.  No wonder it took them the better part of the year to complete this.  Pay special attention to the use of color in this short.  It does a nicer job of setting the mood than any musical score ever could.  Also, the facial expressions and the body language of the characters speak well enough for themselves.  It was this combination that led them to cut out verses in the poem.  Believe it or not, there is such thing as overkill.  What they have here is the perfect mix.

For more information, visit their site at:  http://catpianofilm.com/

Enjoy!




I have more quick shorts to put up, but seeing how it's now 4:20am, I'm going to post them within the next few days.  Till then!


Cheers!

EDIT:

Blasted link...  Something about my computer or the connection tonight that is making lj act weird.

Well, if you wanted to watch The Cat Piano, you can visit their site and watch it there.  Or you can head to vimo and watch it at:  http://vimeo.com/3985019

Sorry.  I would fix it, but I'm damn near exhausted.

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