The idea behind Stuff & Things is not overly conceptual. Actually, if the title is any indication, it’s pretty straightforward.
Directed by UK graduate, Jack Cunningham, this short is a pixel-art exhibition on the arbitrary moments of everyday life. Like an art gallery, each section illustrates a practical explanation of how something works, or in some cases, just is.
The aesthetic is sharp and clean ‚ÄĒ simplifying non-analogous objects into abstract pictures that playfully vary in scale and viewpoint. Though the short is unbridled by a thick narrative, the piece is driven by color as much as it is by random subject matter. The assemblage of color is eclectic, but when put together, works, like a visual system based on chaos: supermarkets, LEGO’s, or J-Pop magazines.
Wow, tons of you have just sent this in, and it’s appearing everywhere on the internet this morning. And no wonder! Patrick Jean’s new film Pixels is a great short film. We’ve seen the techniques here before, but this execution is ambitious, clever and well-realized. And it’s the details that truly make it fun to watch. The Tetris blocks filling in the skyscrapers, Frogger leaping between cabs, and Donkey Kong on the Empire State. I really like the Atari logo appearing on the Death Star building down in lower Manhattan, too. Poor NYC, though. Always the victim of someone’s VFX disaster …
One More Production is the company responsible, and they’ve got a ton of other great work as well.
Retro gaming-esq fun music video for Holy F**k – Royal Gregory. Created by Mina Song / Mirrorshade.
I wouldn’t exactly label this as highbrow, more like highfun! It’s pretty crazy and leans heavily on the raunchier side of life. Directed by J√©r√©mie P√©rin.
Definitely NSFW, but probably worth getting fired for!