Definite props to the director: I won't ruin the ending, but I'll simply tell you that the whole short DOESNT end up just being the dream of the kid at the end.
The character design, technical stuff (like modeling rendering compositing etc) are well done, which can be expected from the way too many people who worked on this film.
Ok, so this film entertained me for it's 5 minutes and 30 seconds, and I'm not expecting to extract that amount of my life back (painfully) from the director if we ever meet, unlike the latest Roland Emmerich turkey. (3 hours... I'm just glad I pirated it so I'm not out $9.50 as well)
There's always a few things that stick out at me about shorts like this:
As I said, way too many people worked on this film. The site isn't specific on how long they worked on this, but by comparison I've been working on Afternow since October (starting from blank recipe cards and concept art to finished shots...) and I've got 5:30 done. And that's only going hard at animating shots for the last 3 weeks or so. You'd think that with a whole bunch of people working at it, they could make a hella longer film. Well. At least, I'd think that. M. Dot Strange would call me a slacker.
3D Short Checklist
- Cutesy proportioned child
- 'Snappy' animation style that isn't quite natural
- Foggy window showing off your render farm
- Long tracking camera shots showing off your render farm
- Clever twist at the end (a la' M. Night Shaylaman school of screenplay writing)
Films to watch for inspiration:
- Fight Club
- The Fountain
- Children of Men
- Dark City
- Chronicles of Riddick
- Donnie Darko
- We Are The Strange
- Four Eyed Monsters