Short Film: “The Lighthouse Keeper” by Gobelins School of the Image

Those who know me personally may be aware of my peculiar fascination with lighthouses. The romance and symbolism of those beacons attracts me, romances me, and causes me to think of important things. The vital responsibilities, the potential loneliness of the keepers, the beauty and conflict of the two worlds, land and sea, meeting at … Continue reading Short Film: “The Lighthouse Keeper” by Gobelins School of the Image

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Short Film: “After the rain” by Gobelins School of the Image

Fishing with bananas as bait can catch you some strange creatures, apparently. This may be my favorite of the Gobelins short films so far. It's a real story, for one. It's funny, beautiful, energetic, touching, and pretty understandable (despite a heavily fantastic nature). A perfect example is how the blue creature moves: it breaks all … Continue reading Short Film: “After the rain” by Gobelins School of the Image

Short Film: “The Kingdom” by Gobelins School of the Image

"The Kingdom," or, as it is properly called in French, "Le Royaume," tells with humor (and some dramatic flourish) a tale that cleverly satirizes the arrogance of greed in the way that a fairy tale or a fable from Aesop often does. As with the other Gobelins short films, the animation is bright and energetic, … Continue reading Short Film: “The Kingdom” by Gobelins School of the Image

Short Film: “Nano” by Gobelins School of the Image

Work has been heavy lately, and while I'm reading a lot I haven't had so much time to write. Which is another reason I appreciate these little videos, aside from their inherent artistic and entertainment value. This one, called "Nano," is a fun thing with a neat twist at the end. While still not being … Continue reading Short Film: “Nano” by Gobelins School of the Image

Short Film: “Chaman” by Gobelins

A young (Native American?) boy stumbles across a shamanic circle; when he stumbles into it, everything suddenly changes, and he sees things the way the shaman sees them. Again, a product of the Gobelins School of the Images in Paris, France. It doesn't have quite the poetry or subtle emotional impact of "Garuda" -- which … Continue reading Short Film: “Chaman” by Gobelins

Short Film: “Fenrir” by Gobelins School of the Image

This is by the folks who also did "Garuda," and like that one it's more of an elaborate advertisement than an actual story. Still, the creativity of imagination and excellence of animation is worth sharing. What more is there to say about it? There's not a real story to make sense of; it's just an … Continue reading Short Film: “Fenrir” by Gobelins School of the Image