A Tale of Momentum & Inertia
“It’s hard to think of a better way to spend seventy seconds than this. Enjoy.”

No good deed goes unpunished in this goofy short produced by HouseSpecial, a Portland-based animation studio. The whole story lasts just over a minute—yet it’s animated with remarkable specificity and humor. (The rock monster’s eyebrows, for example, are just delightful.)

Creative Director: Kirk Kelley
Writer/Director: Kameron Gates
Writer: Allan Turner


SHORT FILM: Amor a Vida

  A gorgeous short film in its own right, this is actually a title sequence commissioned by TV Globo in Brazil for their new Novela, Amor a Vida. The Novela’s director really liked Ryan Woodard’s Thought of You, so you’ll notice some similarities.  Animated in only 3 weeks, it turned out amazing.

  Here it is with Ryan’s original animation timing and music by Nico Platter…  Enjoy!

Official Amor a Vida website

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Watch 40 Years of Memorable VFX Magic in Less Than 5 Minutes

Celebrating the evolution and growth of the art of VFX, here is a mash-up of footage from every single winner of the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects since 1977, beginning with Star Wars: Episode IV, viewers are taken through 37 years of special effects in less than five minutes — finishing with Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3, and The Hobbit, this year’s nominees.

Conceived and Edited by Nelson Carvajal
Music: “Time” by Hans Zimmer


Special effects of course predate “Star Wars” by several decades — most historians credit Frenchman George Méliès with the first major breakthroughs in the technique, circa 1902.  Méliès’ most famous film, the silent short A Trip to the Moon, used a range of tricks — from clay models to projector-rigged cameras — to recount a fantastical Victorian journey through space.  Our depictions of space have become, well, a bit more sophisticated since then…