1. PostPanic director Mischa Rozema's new short film, Stardust, is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction. The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer.

    The entire team at PostPanic (the Amsterdam-based creative company) pushed themselves in their own creative post techniques to produce a primarily CG short film crafted with love.

    The film's story centers on the idea that in the grand scheme of the universe, nothing is ever wasted and it finds comfort in us all essentially being Stardust ourselves. Voyager represents the memories of our loved ones and lives that will never disappear.

    From a creative standpoint, Rozema wanted to explore our preconceived perceptions of how the universe appears which are fed to us by existing imagery from sources such NASA or even sci-fi films. By creating a generated universe, Rozema was able to take his own 'camera' to other angles and places within the cosmos.
    Objects and experiences we are visually familiar with are looked at from a different point of view. For example, standing on the surface of the sun looking upwards or witnessing the death and birth of a star  - not at all scientifically correct but instead a purely artistic interpretation of such events.

    Rozema says, 'I wanted to show the universe as a beautiful but also destructive place. It's somewhere we all have to find our place within. As a director, making Stardust was a very personal experience but it's not intended to be a personal film and I would want people to attach their own meanings to the film so that they can also find comfort based on their own histories and lives.'

    Rozema turned to his regular audio partner, Guy Amitai, to create the music for the film. 'I approached Guy to make the music because I trust him and knew he would instinctively understand what I wanted to communicate with this film.'  Their long-term collaboration over the years helped them explore different musical approaches before finally settling on a musical journey featuring analogue instruments. Amitai explains, 'Once we started working on this project and I told people about Stardust and what Arjan meant to us all, the offers started pouring in. Musician friends and friends-of-friends all wanting to join in and record even the smallest parts. It was an incredibly emotional and personal journey for us all - not something you can professionally detach yourself from.'

    The track is now available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the KWF (Dutch Cancer Society)
    Download the song here via iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/a6j2f34

    Credits:

    A PostPanic Production

    Written & directed by Mischa Rozema

    Produced by Jules Tervoort

    VFX Supervisor: Ivor Goldberg
    Associate VFX Supervisor: Chris Staves
    Senior digital artists: Matthijs Joor, Jeroen Aerts
    Digital artists: Marti Pujol, Silke Finger, Mariusz Kolodziejczak, Dieuwer Feldbrugge, Cara To, Jurriën Boogert
    Camera & edit: Mischa Rozema
    Production: Ania Markham, Annejes van Liempd

    Audio by Pivot Audio , Guy Amitai
    Featuring "Helio" by Ruben Samama

    copyright 2013 Post Panic BV, All rights reserved

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  2. RUIN - An animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe. It's only a tiny sliver of a much larger story. Thankfully, it's now set up at 20th Century Fox to become a full length feature.

    Check out our new Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/ruinfilm

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  3. Soon every home will have a robot helper.

    Don't worry.

    It's perfectly safe.

    Written, Directed & Edited by Ruairi Robinson

    Starring Max Records from "Where The Wild Things Are".

    Cinematography by Macgregor

    Music by Olafur Arnalds courtesy of Erased Tapes

    Funded by Bord Scannan na hEireann / Irish film Board

    Budget was 45k euro - for the shoot. Visual effects budget was a grand total of zeeero. I designed Blinky, modeled him in 3D and played both the his voice and the body mocap performance. And did most of the VFX. Thankfully all footage of me in the skintight mocap suit has been permanently destroyed.

    Visual effects were completed over a period of 9 months, of hell. There's a reason why you don't see too many wet CG characters in movies even with 100 million dollar budgets. It's really, really hard.

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  4. Directed by Carl E. Rinsch, ‘The Gift’ Belongs to the "pararell Lines" Phillips Cinema campaning. Placed in Russia, The Gift is a Sci-Fi short with a savage Chase sequence on it. We made more than 20 full CGI shots for the short. Check out the animated pictures to see how it has been done. We also made the vechicles and some characters desings. We enjoyed creating such an unusual atmosphere and sense. Not the regular Sci-fi film we are used to see...

    # vimeo.com/33025640 Uploaded 1.1M Plays 464 Comments
  5. Support the film on KICKSTARTER: kck.st/200cxBg

    Written - directed - animated by Kaleb Lechowski (C) Kaleb Lechowski
    kaleblechowski.tumblr.com

    Hartmut Zeller - Sound
    hartmutzeller.de

    Dave Masterson - Voice acting
    imdb.com/name/nm2717717/

    Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment - Representation
    Scott@groundcontrol-la.com

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