Animated Fantasy & Science Fiction

Valley of Gwombi

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Producer/Director/Writer: Michael Granberry

Oh no! A time-machine malfunction has left Professor Marshall Gwombi and his two children, Wes and Polly, stranded in a mysterious jungle filled with hungry dinosaurs! Professor Gwombi says dinosaurs don’t eat people, and father is ALWAYS right…isn’t he?

Valley of Gwombi utilizes breathtaking claymation effects to tell a classic story of hope, courage, and why they don’t mean crap.  It is a film destined to take up 5 minutes and 41 seconds of your life…if you sit all the way through it.

6 min

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

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Producer: Julia Lucas; Director: Anthony Lucas; Writer: Mark Shirrefs

Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself. Starring the voice talents of Joel Edgerton, Helmut Bakaitis, and Tommy Dysart.

26 min

The Love Train

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Producer/Director: Eva Bennett

A female dragon wishes to share her life with the warm touch of another being once again. So, putting her failed marriage behind her with melancholy optimism, she prepares herself for a journey to find love. As she travels through the snowy landscape, which is at odds with her whole being, Dragon meets some incompatible suitors which only serve to make her feel more alone. So, can the perfect mate be found, for such a hot blooded woman?

Told using traditional 2D hand drawn animation, and subdued color pallet, The Love Train is set in a mythical northern, snowy landscape in the age of steam.

8 min

Knights in the Enchanted Museum

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Producer/Director/Writer: Jonathan Bird

Every night at midnight, Thomas and Simon, two medieval suits of armor, come to life and explore the museum in which they are displayed. The museum is constantly growing with new wings and exhibits, and it is enchanted. Often the new displays are just some broken old pottery from long before their time, but every now and then, an exhibit comes along and completely catches Thomas and Simon by surprise. This night is such a night. They run across several very interesting exhibits, and more importantly, they discover that they aren’t the only ones who are enchanted in the museum.

6 min

Joy Comes in the Morning

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Producer/Director: Scott Friedman; Writers: Friedman, Joe Ledbetter

The morning commute inspires a bunny to daydream of heroic conquests stretching across the galaxy and back again. This handpainted world comes to life with a pumping, dark and magical score.

4 min

Illume

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Producer/Director: Jason Gottlieb

There is a pool of light that sits atop a cliff which is the life-force of two robots and the downfall of a smoke cat. In order to move freely and leave the shadows the cat must block off the robots’ access to the light. Likewise, the robots must have access to the light or they will perish. While the robots possess some of the light in their lantern they have a defense against the cats attacks; but when their light runs out will they be able to stop the cat before it destroys them?

6 min

Cold War

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Producer/Director/Writer: Brian Garrigan

A high tech mix of “old meets new” with art direction and character design influenced by 1930’s sci-fi pulp magazines and vintage advertising posters, Cold War is a tribute to Warner Brothers and Mad Magazine. All these influences are brought together by cutting edge 3D animation. Key framed by hand without motion capture and created by two students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan for their Thesis film project. Cold War seeks to veer away from standard student films and get back to the roots of animation, namely comedy.

There are no ninjas or evil clowns in this piece―just a self-contained universe inhabited by two foes from rival nations. Their rivalry is the basis for their slap stick brand of humor.

4 min

Art’s Desire

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Writer/Director: Sarah Wickliffe

A character from a famous painting about war comes alive and explores the museum for a better place to live. She visits many other paintings, but ultimately learns to create a new world for herself.

4 min

Alien for Christmas

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Producer/Director: Dave Pryor

A little boy dreams of having only one thing for Christmas, and it’s up to Santa Claus to play matchmaker. This is a Flash animated short with a skew towards a traditional animation look.
(Web Site)

3 min

Operation: Fish

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Writer/Director: Jeff Riley

Operation: Fish is a stop-motion animated short utilizing a variety of additional mixed media, including live action, still photographs, and 2-D graphic animation.
A child’s goldfish is abducted by a criminal mastermind with nefarious intent and a secret agent is dispatched to rescue it. Utilizing his time displacement gun to manipulate events, the agent attempts to foil the villainous scheme.

10 min

Sam and Piccolo

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Writer: Briony Kidd; Producer/Director: Adam Walker

Sam, a man, and Piccolo, a creature, live together in an isolated valley. The two friends lead simple, uneventful lives but are content. After eating a unique nut that Piccolo discovers growing on a small tree, he wonders: Why aren’t there more nuts? He wants more. Piccolo learns that watering the tree produces more nuts, but as the nuts grow, so do his cravings.  In time he discovers that things other than water will make the tree grow and much more spectacularly. But, as the tree grows stronger, it seems that everything else in the valley is diminishing. What has Piccolo got himself into? Will he see just what is at stake? Or will he be too late?
(Web Site)

15 min

Stephan

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Writer/Producer/Director: Maro Naito

In the Kingdom of Stephan, lack of oil is a serious problem. Why?—because it’s a country of robots. Stephan puts in all his savings to buy a planet where he hopes to dig some oil. He boards on the space bus to get to his planet where he meets new friends and experiences things he never imagined before.

21 min

Paper Shepherd

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Writer/Producer/Director: David L. Houry.

Chris is the janitor at a biogenetics company, where living sheets of paper are bred to fight and die in an arena. Chris pities the papers and sets out to rescue them, hoping they’ll overcome their brutal nature and live greater lives …if given the freedom to choose.

8 min

Invisible Master

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Writer/Producer/Director: Mike Fisher.

Invisible Master is the story of an unusual man in an odd environment who must complete a mission with mind-blowing consequences! The animation is the work of creator Mike Fisher who has been creating cartoons for Starlog Magazine for over 15 years. Mike also produces cartoons for Animation Magazine featuring his character 3-D Pete!

4 min

Lethal Lens

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Writer/Producer/Director: Dan MacKenzie.

As an animator sits down to animate his clay creations, the camera he is using comes alive! It transforms into a robot and attacks the animator, knocking him out, and then attacking the clay puppets. A great fight begins between the evil camera and two clay creatures!
4 min

First Time Out

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Writer: Neil LaPointe; Producers: Drew Frohmann, Tyna Myaerzke ; Directors: Neil LaPointe.

Join rookie Tribal Defense Force pilot Gig as he goes out on a training exercise that goes south big-time. It’s all-out Giant Robot Combat Action®, with a twist ending!

6 min

Beatgirl – A Piece of Action!

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Writer/Producers/Director: Martin Leeper.

BeBop, DooWop and Pow! A brief excursion by a hero who likes the dance as much as the fight, hitting the beats of the music and beating the hits of the bad guys!.

2 min

Papiroflexia

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Writer/Producer/Director: Joaquin Baldwin

Papiroflexia (Spanish for “Origami”) is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands.

Originally created as a poem by the director, it was turned into a short animated film in the UCLA Animation Workshop.

3 min

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