Archive for October, 2011

Dry Bones by Dan DiFelice

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2011 at 7:58 am

Dry Bones started off as a personal project that ended up being an international collaboration.  It provides a moving visual depiction of the  Prophet Ezekiel’s Vision of the Dry Bones.  The creative team includes one of our favorites, Salomon Ligthelm, creator of great faith-based stories such as  Last Call, Hope Lights, and Silent Transitions.

Dan DiFelice. Director, Compositor, VFX Director
David Tate. DP, Editor
Michael Rinnan. CG Artist: Tracking, Muscle Dev/Animation
Renato Marques. CG Artist: Skin & Vein Dev/Animation
Justin Burton. CG Artist: Previz
Matt Fezz. Colorist
Salomon Ligthelm. Score/Sound Design
Chris Baden. Talent
Luke Atencio.


Whatever Lola Wants, Dan Blank Makes Happen

Posted by    |    October 18th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Go take a look at this really stylish video, Whatever Lola Wants, produced and directed by Dan Blank.  It features the retro song and dance group called The Satin Dollz that remembers the glory days of the 40′s and 50′s glitz and glamour.  Along for the ride is a Jump-Jive music ensemble from the United Kingdom called The Jive Aces, and the sultry voice of the late Sarah Vaughan.  Forget Madonna, Lola embodies the original Material Girl.

Can you put all this old school talent together with a little modern cutting edge technology and make some magic?  Dan Blank and his team figured out how to do it.  What’s even more incredible, they did it on a 40′s and 50′s sized budget of around $2000!  Shot entirely with a Canon 7D DSLR (and almost entirely using a Canon 35mm 1.4L lens), and post production with liberal use of After Effects, this video has an incredible polished finish to it.  It also seems to perfectly capture the spirit and feel of the days-gone-by portrayed by the Satin Dollz and Jive Aces. (more…)

An Interview with Salomon Ligthelm

Posted by    |    October 10th, 2011 at 6:47 am

Salomon Ligthelm is one of my favorite faith-based content creators.  His work is inspiring, relevant and thought provoking.  Mograph TV conducted a well crafted video interview with Ligthelm where he talks about how he creates and thinks about his work. 

Interview: Salomon Lighthelm from Mograph TV on Vimeo.

“Education for Death: The Making of Nazi” by Walt Disney

Posted by    |    October 1st, 2011 at 8:00 am

We continue through the month of October taking a look back at animated films from the 1940s and 1950s.  Dan Coleman at www.openculture.com prepared the review of this Walt Disney short film that you will read below. 

During World War II, Walt Disney entered into a contract with the US government to develop 32 animated shorts. Nearly bankrupted by Fantasia (1940), Disney needed to refill its coffers, and making American propaganda films didn’t seem like a bad way to do it. On numerous occasions, Donald Duck was called upon to deliver moral messages to domestic audiences (see The Spirit of ’43 and Der Fuehrer’s Face). But that wasn’t the case with Education for Death: The Making of Nazi, a film shown in U.S. movie theaters in 1943.

Based on a book written by Gregor Ziemer, this animated short used a different lineup of characters to show how the Nazi party turned innocent youth into Hitler’s corrupted children. Unlike other topics addressed in Disney war films (e.g. taxes and the draft), this theme, the cultivation of young minds, hit awfully close to home.

You will find Education for Death permanently listed in the Animation section of the collection of Free Movies Online.

 More articles and short films can be found in the short film network and short film gallery on www.youplusdallas.com.