If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you'll be no stranger to our weekly #AmazingFilms - a pick of short films (one a week) that have stood out to us as particularly effective in their message, doing unique things with the medium or just worth sharing for whatever reason. Whether you're in video production yourself or just in search of great new content to absorb - it's always beneficial to see what's being created! Well it's come to the end of another month (even if it did feel like two...), so we've compiled all of January's picks here for you, just in case you missed any!
'The Letter' - Eric Paschal Johnson
Our first pick of 2019 was Eric Paschal Johnson's brilliant little short, 'The Letter'. It's a brilliantly shot story of a little girl receiving a letter back from Santa - featuring the voice of Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham, and a great piano track to accompany - which offered a wonderfully surreal alternative to the usual Christmas offerings. The holiday season may have come and gone, but it's definitely still worth checking this one out if you haven't already!
'Late Afternoon' - Louise Bagnall
Our next pick from January came in the form of a wonderful animated short from Louise Bagnall. 'Later Afternoon' tackles the themes of dementia through the story of a woman's memories as she is cared for in a nursing home, and trust us, you might want tissues at the ready. The animation style is a beautiful mixture of hand-drawn characters and water colour palettes, which effectively convey the fluidity with which our central character's mind is navigating moments of her life. It all culminates in a powerful and memorable little short that you really don't want to miss.
'In a Nutshell' - Fabio Friedli & YK Animation
This one was a particularly crazy pick, and one of the more inventive uses of stop-motion animation we've seen in a long while. 'In a Nutshell' essentially acts as a look at everything it means to be a human being living in our world - from food, to war, to transport and love. It's an energetic race through what it means to be human, and it's incredibly well executed, with some really creative match cuts and collages. You sort of have to see it to really understand it...
'Nighthawk' - Spela Cadez
Perhaps the strangest of last month's picks comes in the form of Spela Cadez' peculiar short, 'Nighthawk. When a police patrol attempts to remove an unresponsive badger from a dark road, they soon realise that the animal is not dead but rather dead drunk. Things take an even stranger turn when the creature wakes up. What earns this one a spot on the list is its distinctive animated style and the unique nature of its story. There's something about the visual style and sound of the piece that helped to create an unnerving, almost trippy atmosphere that really sets it aside from other shorts. Check it out if you want to see something a little different!