animation

Paper City

This delicate animation follows the charming rise and fold of a fragile metropolis. Paper City grows in one fluid take, with skyscrapers rising from the page – only to crumble, wrinkle and gently crease back into the ground.

Paper City from Maciek Janicki

I ride to the edge of the atmosphere…

His body of work includes both the legendary »Echtzeit« music clip by Sensorama (with Oliver Husain, MuVi Award for the best German Music Video at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in 1999) and his award-winning animation »3.48 €/min.«. Last year, Michel Klöfkorn’s newest film »I ride to the edge of the atmosphere in a half hour on my bicycle« won the German Short Film Award 2012. Hovering between psychoanalysis, economics, astronomy and bicycle rides this film bridged the scientific with the imaginary in a very strong and powerful way. It’s time to start a big retrospective show at your favourite cinema.

I ride to the edge of the atmosphere in a half hour on my bicycle

Oscillate

»Oscillate« is the title of Daniel Sierra’s thesis done at the MFA Computer Art program in the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The project was an attempt »to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.« Full screen mode is recommended.

OSCILLATE

City Clips

Filming cities has become a special style: tilt-shift, timelapse, animation into real life footage – the range of expressions is immense. In this following Machtdose collection you’re sure to find some of the most exciting extracts of the last few months.

»New York Biotopes« by Lena Steinkühler. »New York Biotopes« deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. A type of metamorphosis, where the newly developed vegetation assimilates elements of the city and makes them useful for their own purposes.

New York Biotopes

»Miniature Melbourne« by Nathan Kaso. A short tilt-shift time-lapse film featuring the city of Melbourne, Australia. This piece is 10 months in the making and features a range of different events and festivals held in the city throughout the year. Music: »Reflections« by Tom Day.

Miniature Melbourne

»Running on Empty« by Ross Ching. For a week, Ross Ching, was up at sunrise, taking pictures of L.A. when the light was right and traffic was light. He spent 15 to 20 hours filming with his Canon and about the same amount of time rendering and editing his footage, including erasing any signs of automotive life.

Running on Empty (Revisited)

»Time is of the essence« by André Chocron. Choreographed time-lapse footage brings a cold cityscape to life by transforming a block of residential towers into animated characters that remind the viewer the importance of play. Official music video for Cold Mailman’s »Time is of the essence«.

Cold Mailman – Time is of the essence

»The Magnetic Void« by James Miller. Filmmaker James Miller captured the destruction of the British United Shoe Machinery Company in Leicester and decided to throw it in reverse slow motion.

Magnetic Void

»Run Boy Run« by Yoann Lemoine. Yoann Lemoine published another epic self directed music video for his Woodkid project last june with a little boy headed to battle with some subterranean monsters. The boys destination is a fairy tale tower.

Woodkid – Run Boy Run

Cloudy

Great for young and old: »This short is an exploration into the Clouds. The idea of clouds singing and performing their duties in a joyful manner show us that everything in our world has a role and a purpose. A sweet visual soundscape that takes the viewer through a personal journey into the sky. Sing, dance and relax as you follow a sweet cast of clouds and raindrops through an entrancing adventure you’ll wish to take over and over again.« Cloudy is a short by Miami based art collaborative FriendsWithYou. This sweetness makes you happy for a while.

Cloudy

1923 aka Heaven

1923 aka Heaven is one of two animation loops directed by Max Hattler, inspired by the work of French outsider artist Augustin Lesage. 1923 is based on Lesage’s painting »A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World« from 1923.

1923 aka Heaven from Max Hattler

The second loop, 1925 aka Hell, is based on Lesage’s painting »A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World« from 1925. It lives here.