Shortcake #2 – “Paperman” and “C: 299792 km/s”

Gosh, it’s been a week already. I promised myself to be publishing more, but writing about “Zero Dark Thirty” actually turns out to be more time-consuming than I originally anticipated. In reality, it’s more reading than writing, but I shall finish it soon.

Anyway, since it’s Friday and I wanted to provide this blog with a touch of predictability, this post is going to become the second instalment of my weekly “Shortcake”. In fact, it so happens that this week I had the opportunity to watch a couple of really good shorts, but for now I’ll confine this column to one (maybe two) films a week.

 

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably aware – and having a Facebook account really helps in that regard; at least a couple of people shared this film on my feed already – Disney released its Oscar-nominated animation “Paperman”; a ‘disneyfied’ story about love and perseverance. It’s worth noting that people who created it are the same who are responsible for making the “Toy Story” franchise, “The Incredibles”, “A Bug’s Life”, “Cars” or “Monsters Inc.” Interestingly, “Paperman” is being sold to us as the prototypical piece in new technology of animation that combines traditional hand-drawn images within a completely computer-generated framework, be it ‘traditional’ or 3D. In short, just like “Luxo” (the well-known short film about a lamp that became Pixar’s business card) brought upon the age of fully-CG animations, could “Paperman” herald the renaissance of the more traditional sub-genre in the world of animation? Anyways, enjoy, if you haven’t already seen it. And make sure you see it fast; Disney is well known for withdrawing its features from free wide release.

 

The other piece that I desperately wanted to highlight was “C: 299792 km/s” – a sci-fi live-action passion short raising a question of utilizing our knowledge and technology to accomplish greater goals. It’s a wonderful piece, especially if you know that it was created using no computer-generated special effects. Everything you see in the film was accomplished with models, creative decorations and tricks. In other words, it’s made the way the original “Star wars” was made. I don’t know about you, but I was super excited when I learned about that. Maybe the acting is a bit too amateur-esque, but it is after all an amateur feature. It’s well worth the time and if you do have a soft spot for sci-fi, I think you’ll love it.

Right, I’ll sign off now. It’s fascinating to see how in one week I stumbled upon these two little gems that seem to be representing the two opposite ends of the spectrum. “Paperman” is definitely a vessel for a new and cool technology that should dazzle our senses and what-not, whereas “C” should bring you back to the days when the genre was being defined and the lack of powerful tools that we have now at our disposal needed to be substituted with creativity.

Have fun!

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