Swelter

BLOG: A nice blend of Photoshop, Flash, and After Effects are employed by Jacob Streilein to tell the tale of a parallel world where thugs control the water and only the bravery of a young boy is enough to stop them.

When I Grow Up

BLOG: The protagonist in Jasmin Lai’s charming When I Grow Up doesn’t know what she wants to be – it’s a case of too many options. In the end, she finds that who she is is exactly right.

The Eagleman Stag

BLOG: This Monday we’re kicking things off with something that has made audiences at BAFTA, Annecy, Sundance, and SXSW (amongst a handful of other festivals) pause in awe and, ultimately, some kind of shame-tinged recognition with the protagonist’s obsession over his own demise. Animator Mikey Please created this stop motion with a very clear idea of the fact that time speeds up the older you get (what he calls a logorithmic change in value). From this idea, he began cutting paper, foam, and bits of detritus into The Eagleman Stag.

Not only a well-told story that is fun to watch, The Eagleman Stag raises issues of basic human nature, ethics, and time. And it’s darkly comic to boot. First watch the film. Then, if you really wan to know, watch how it was made:

38-39°C

BLOG: Kangmin Kim‘s 38-39°C is a beautifully shot paper-cut stop-motion about a father and son, linked by blood and a birthmark.

“Insert Coin” by Ninja Moped

BLOG: These Swedish stop-motion geeks have become nerdworld famous in the short period of time that they’ve been making Youtube videos. Not only are they a loveably dorky pair, but their work kicks a**. Thank you, internet, for sharing Ninja Moped – or Rymdreglage, as they are sometimes called – with the world. Here, enjoy their 2010 short Insert Coin. There are no tricks to this video: you are actually watching a black blanket, covered with coins, on their apartment floor.