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This week, drawings that move.A fertile breeding ground for aspiring artists, the internet makes for a great promotional portfolio. For with a little nudging in the right direction any potential employer “almost nearly” has your work already on their computer… if only they’d follow that damn link you sent ‘em a million times.
Scary is a truly wonderful selection of short animations of a slightly disturbing nature. Smiley Fairy, a 10-second movie of a woman comforting a child, is a highlight, as is King Of The Flies, a strange psychedelic film about a girl who falls out of a window. But don’t stop there as much of the material here is far more than just diverting.
Strangetoons is a little more light-hearted in its art, opting for more cartoonish figures. There are 20 or so shorts to choose from but the stuff resembles children’s TV a little at times.
The animation section at Brownfish bills itself as “your own personal online festival” and indeed lives up to that moniker with a selection of animations both traditional and cutting edge. They have a section of weekly webisodes, as well as some terrific standalone animations. Lucky Mouse looks great, while My Own World Part 2: 1977 is personal, inventive and rather unsettling.
Shynola, still glowing from the success of Nathan Barley’s Trashbat as well as the recent Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (both of which they supplied graphics for), is also well worth a punt. You can see award-winning animated videos for Blur and Junior Senior here. David Shrigley is no stranger to Shynola - or indeed Collective - and Mudam has five of his earlier works up on permanent display.
Finally, 9mm Film showcases some interesting Irish animators, destined for media other than the internet - the animated video for John Spillane’s We’re Going Sailing having already been shown on Transatlantic flights.
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