“Vader Episode 1 – Shards of the Past” Months after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader is using the full might of his force powers to fight off clone troopers. The bigger surprise is that the troopers are trying to stop him from killing Emperor Palpatine.
Anakin Skywalker is DEAD.
For eight months, the mysterious Darth Vader has enforced the Emperor’s commands. Fighting between the loss of Padme, and the new cursed life he now leads, Vader must do what must be done when a surviving Jedi Master from Order 66 has lured him to the home planet of his late Wife’s tomb…
A short animated movie about a little who mistakenly sends a letter to Satan instead of Santa. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.
After reading the child’s sweet sentiments, Lucifer finds himself “plagued with kindly urges, disgusting feelings like pity, empathy and compassion,” Captain Picard informs the viewer.
In fact, Beelzebub is so discombobulated and confused, he continually vomits gallons of oil and bile into the faces of the damned (as if they didn’t have enough to deal with already), and wrestles with a sudden overwhelming desire to do good deeds. Soon, he dons yoga pants and friendship bracelets, plays John Lennon’s “Imagine” on keyboards and gives a lecture on tolerance and oneness.
CREDITS Narrated by: Patrick Stewart Written, directed, animated and produced by Anomaly and 7th Flr: Written By: Alex Bingham, Conrad Swanston, Craig Ainsley Animation Direction: Ben White Animated By: Ben Pearse, Joao Pereira, Tom Malins Illustrated By: Serge Seidlitz (B&A) Typography By: Kerry Roper Asbestos Compliance Officer: Oli Beale Directed By: Alex Bingham, Ben White, Conrad Swanston Produced By: Tara Oliver Sound Design By: Mark Hellaby, Mike Bovill (750mph) Composed By: Ashley Bates, Jamie Masters (Adelhoi)
Lost & Found is a simple story. Two crocheted stuffed animals are in love, and when Fox finds itself in danger, it’s up to Dinosaur to risk everything to save its partner. The bulk of the 8min film is thus an extended action sequence, and in this simplicity it reminded me of the stripped down, locked-in focus of the classic French CG chase sequence shorts we enjoyed in the wake of Oktapodi. The genuine stakes of Lost & Found though, its themes of sacrifice and loss, introduce a new, heightened emotionality to this formula however, and can ultimately prove to be quite upsetting to young kids (and us big kids too!). Honestly in reflection upon the tragic plot, there’s not much to qualify the film as a children’s entertainment aside from the cutesy choice of characters, so perhaps my entire intro should be disregarded!
Directed by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe and produced by Lucy Hayes at Wabi Sabi Studios and pixel/melbourne, the seven-minute Lost & Found shares an adorable yet tragic love story between a fox and a bumbling knitted dinosaur which must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life. After premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, the stop-motion animated short went on to win the Yoram Gross Animation Award at the Sydney Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Animated Short at the Austin Film Festival. Funded by Screen Australia, Lost & Found is nominated for the upcoming Annie Awards, and was recently shortlisted for a nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the 91st Oscars. Oscar nominations will be announced January 22, 2019. Four years in the making, the production for Lost & Found saw a full-size restaurant custom-built as a modular set for stop-motion filming, several hand-crafted puppets that were purpose-built for different animation situations, and even a working sushi train that was completely disassembled for hand animating. Every shot was planned and programmed with a custom stop-motion rig, many featuring complicated dolly or hand-held like movement. Every single element in front of the lens including water is hand-animated by lead animator Samuel Lewis. Heat-warped acetate, bubble wrap, hair gel and “personal” lubricant made for a suitable water substitute allowing waves and splashes to remain rigid long enough to capture desired frames.
In the comics, the Blood Queen is known as Nimue, “The Queen of Blood.” She was the most powerful of all the witches in Britain during the reign of King Arthur, and learned the art of sorcerery from Merlin, whom she betrayed and locked away for all eternity. The power of her magic, without Merlin as a teacher, drove Nimue mad, and drove her into the dark embrace of the world-ending dragon, Ogdru Jahad. Sensing the grave threat she posed, the other witches united to kill Nimue, cutting her body into many pieces, which were spread around the globe. When Nimue revealed the ability to regenerate her dismembered body, her pieces were locked in a box and buried somewhere deep underground.