We went to see some animated shorts, at a respectfully full theater across the street from SCAD. I’m struggling to remember A Dinner With Dad (Johanna J. Lunn) and Creationism (Janale Harris) and Lost In Phone (Yongji Chen & Mengchen Zhao). We missed Unsolicited (Meg Cook) and Don’t Croak (Daun Kim), and came in late during Reboot (Ellen Osborne), which was a beautiful vision of post-human Earth reminiscent of Handsome Family songs. The rest, in some order:
Aripi (Dmitri Voloshin)
Tribute to a fallen pilot friend, an astronaut experiences absolute chaos and ends up falling to earth, improvising a glider on the way down.
Shell (Stella Rosen)
Creature and Alien go through the same disfiguring changes in reverse, feels Jim Woodring-inspired in a good way.
Tutorial > SKIP? (Thy Vo & Sydney Seekford & Ryan Imm)
Cute gaming parody, co-created by a former coworker.
Tiffany (Christina Christie)
Memorable character design of a stained glass sculpture that becomes sentient without the coordination to navigate stairs, the sculptor’s daughter trying to prevent disaster while prepping the works for display.
Godspeed (Sunny Wai Yan Chan)
A tiny mother/son airport story by another former coworker!
Ouija (Ashley Young)
I cannot improve on the official description: “Two dumb kids explore the dangers of a Ouija board and come face to face with the Ouija demon, Zozo.”
Anacronte (Emiliano Sette & Raúl Koler)
The one with blank-faced humanity walking across a giant game board, malevolent reapers hurling spears at them from cliffs above, causing misfortune and death in their real lives – kind of cool imagery.
Serpendipity (Carlos Mejia & Kevin Barwick)
Medusa-haired guy and blind-without-her-glasses girl on a date… kind of a disaster of flailing, rubbery 3D characters, but the fun, fast-paced story makes up for it.
Balance (Barzan Rostami)
Oh no, it’s the most heavy-handed visual metaphor of the decade.
Hawkeye Sucks (Hunter Collins)
Love when movies feel overlong at 3 minutes. People laughed at least, but then people laugh at the pre-show ads at the multiplexes too.