I'm Morgan McGuire (@CasualEffects). I've been working on computer graphics and games for 20 years at great places including NVIDIA, University of Waterloo, Williams College, Brown University, Roblox, Unity, and Activision.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Annecy 2012

Some short films that I enjoyed at the Annecy animated film festival 2012 are below.  Many of the graduation films were fantastic but unfortunately they are not listed online.  Some of these premiered in previous years and were repeated this year.

Una Furtiva Lagrima, stop motion of a real fish's journey to dinner sung as (ironically happy) opera.  Brilliantly witty, sad, and funny.

Tram, http://www.michaelapavlatova.com/show/folder_anim/TRAM.html

Space Stallions, a mock 80's cartoon title sequence from film students in Denmark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Otaq2tmNMM

Une Historie Vertebrale, a romantic comedy about an L-shaped man, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2hPgSzIwg


Aalterate, an abstract meditation on rebirth through an eclipse rendered in varying 2D and 3D styles http://videos.arte.tv/fr/videos/_aalterate_de_christobal_de_oliveira-6438028.html

Bydlo, allegory of struggle and conflict through claymation--of clay people http://www.nfb.ca/film/bydlo_trailer

Koisuru Nezumi, a mouse falls in love with a cheese, with dialog seemingly translated through several languages and recited by a computer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGMOeg1-pQU

Hi-no-youjin, love, loss, and the danger of fire in a historical Japanese city. Clever combination of orthographic and linear perspectives http://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20121300

Second Handhttp://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20120830

The Centrifuge Brain Project, a seamless live action and animated faux science documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kCFdVYojyg

Moya Iyubov, a beautifully rendered tale of unrequited love in Russia painted on glass, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq7nLVoaPX8

Tsukumo, reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, http://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20121338

Morgan McGuire is a professional game developer and professor of Computer Science at Williams College. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques and the author of The Graphics Codex, an essential reference for computer graphics that runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.