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Arts Thread: Best Creative Talent Making Short Films [Video]

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17 short films of the UK's best revealed abstract, 2D, typographic, and narrative line action, and will be touring 60 cities worldwide.

Anna Zeuner
  • 29 november 2011

new british talent 11 trailer from onedotzero on Vimeo.

This year’s Adventures in Motion festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, celebrates 15 years of onedotzero being at the forefront of cutting edge innovation in digital design, motion graphics, animation and short filmmaking. Aptly, New British Talent was ARTS THREAD’s first taster of the festival this week, which runs until Sunday.

The screening of 17 short films from Britain’s best recent graduates and studio upstarts offers a real mix of genres and subject matter, from abstract, 2D and typographic animation, to narrative live action. Here, we share some of our highlights.

BEST Short film trailer from Steven Spencer on Vimeo.

A stand-out for us was Steven Spencer’s richly animated biographic story of the troubled life of George Best.

The Goat and The Well from Benjamin Cady on Vimeo.

We also loved the simple line-drawn tale of a stubborn goat and his milk maid owner, by Newport University graduate Ben Cady, which got plenty of laughs from the audience.

Bubble from Elliot Dear on Vimeo.

Elliot Dear’s ‘Bubble’ was a heartwarming mixed-media music promo, created using intricate miniature sets and some beautiful metamorphic animation.

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared from This Is It on Vimeo.

The deeply ironic ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ by This is It Collective has already done the social network rounds, but never fails to raise a reaction. Using puppetry, stop motion, and a very catchy theme tune, the film tackles the idea of ‘being creative’.

Robots of Brixton from Kibwe Tavares on Vimeo.

Kibwe Tavares’ ‘Robots of Brixton’, created before this years’ riots, offers up a poignant tale of robot youths existing in a complexly designed urban environment.

Adventures in Motion closes tomorrow, Sunday 27th November, before touring another 60 cities worldwide. Have a look at the Onedotzero website for more information. To book tickets for remaining screenings, head over to the BFI Southbank website.

Watch this space for more highlights from the Festival.

[Written by Anna Zeuner. Originally published on the Arts Thread blog. Republished with kind permission.]

ARTS THREAD bridges the gap between education and the creative industry. For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide. Learn more about Arts Thread.

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