Short of the Week

Inspiration

Documentary about Reality in Live-Action
I Am Los Angeles / 8 min / USA / 2014

Alma Velasco, an El Salvadorian immigrant, recounts her transition to the United States.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Yali Sharon / 6 min / USA / 2014

An adrenalized FMX rider attempts to construct and launch off a 60 foot ramp that will shoot him high enough to parachute down.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Diesel Films, Seth Shapiro / 13 min / USA / 2014

Doctors gave him a five-percent chance of survival when he was born three months pre-mature. Now, he’s defying everyone’s expectations.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Kevin A. Fraser / 8 min / USA / 2014

A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Josh Izenberg / 16 min / USA / 2014

Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO.

Thriller about Inspiration in Live-Action
Stephen Schuster / 10 min / USA / 2014

A young writer. A prostitute. An old desert motel. All stories need an ending and all endings need a beginning.

Fantasy about Inspiration in Live-Action

An aging circus performer seeks to mend the troubled relationship he has with his young son.

Drama about Perseverence in Live-Action
Daniel D'Alimonte / 24 min / USA / 2013

At the precipice of adulthood, a troubled thief joins a boxing club where he encounters values of structure, discipline and perseverance.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Boris Seewald / 7 min / Germany / 2013

With exuberant dancing and magical passion, Patrick shares his inspiration and invites everyone to participate.

Poem about Inspiration in Motion Graphics
Matthew Freidell / 9 min / USA / 2013

OFFLINE DUE TO COPYRIGHT CLAIM. Creative marketing agency, The Glossary, uses David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech to create this inspirational, life affirming visual poem

Myth about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Darragh O’Connell / 10 min / Ireland / 2013

An old explorer close to freezing in the Arctic re-lives the events that brought him there in the first place.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Zack Conkle / 12 min / USA / 2012

Zany and unpredictable, Jeffrey Wright is loved by his physics students at Louisville Male High School. But, beyond teaching them how the world works, it’s his personal life that inspires them to be better people.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
David Friedman / 3 min / USA / 2012

Retirement is for people who work, not for people who live. David Friedman’s short but inspirational portrait of inventor Ralph Baer.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Nirvan Mullick / 11 min / USA / 2012

The internet has been taken over by a cute kid with a fantastic dream—one that came true!

Satire about Inspiration in Puppetry
Joseph Pelling, Becky Sloan / 3 min / USA / 2012

Sardonic sing-a-long about the importance of thinking creatively from the talented This Is It crew.

Fantasy about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Brandon Oldenburg, William Joyce / 14 min / USA / 2012

The Oscar-nominated film + app about a man’s magical love for books that put the beloved Moonbot Studios on the map. *UPDATE: The filmmakers have removed the free version, but you can purchase the film on iTunes for $1.99

Experimental about Inspiration in Animation
Michel Gagné / 6 min / USA / 2011

A feast for the senses blending improvised music with abstract animation in this 4-year long hand-drawn animation.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper / 10 min / USA / 2011

Growing old doesn’t mean growing sedentary. Meet the young-at-heart ladies of the Leisure World synchronized swim team.

Experimental about Inspiration in Stop-Motion
The Mixtape Club / 2 min / USA / 2011

A “highly condensed happiness espresso”. An amazing 2 min stop-motion marvel from The Mixtape Club.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Paul Rojanathara, Davis Johnson / 14 min / USA / 2010

A look at the power of influential ideas and their ability to rapidly infect our culture and everyday lives.

Experimental about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Michal Levy / 5 min / Israel / 2010

A visual journey into music, jazz is interpreted across a rich and colorful animated landscape.

Experimental about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Eran Hilleli / 5 min / Israel / 2010

Animated minimalism is used to maximum effect in this gorgeous and bizarre short student work from Israel.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Vance Malone / 8 min / USA / 2010

Ocular artist, Fred Harwin, crafts realistic-looking eyes for those who’ve lost theirs.

Experimental about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Alex Roman / 12 min / Spain / 2010

Alex Roman invites us into a surreal world of architecture and light with his stunning mastery of CG.

Fantasy about Inspiration in Special FX
Doug Purver / 3 min / USA / 2009

A young boy dreams or rather wakes and then rides his way into the clouds.