Video Friday

Today it’s all about love and robots (or automatons or what have you), my friends. First up is ROBOT!, a sweet short by Asis Merino and Manu Molina about a giant robot attacking a city. Via.

Next is the Dutch short film Tears of Steel, made by Ian Hubert for the Blender Institute. Here’s some more information for this cool project:

Tears of Steel is a short film made in Amsterdam the Netherlands by the Blender Institute, well known for realizing the open source short animation movies “Big Buck Bunny” (2008) and “Sintel” (2010). As usual these films get financing by crowd-funding in online communities of 3D artists and animators. For Tears of Steel the funding target was to explore a complete open source pipeline for producing a high quality visual effect film, with as theme “Science Fiction in Amsterdam”.

Producer Ton Roosendaal invited young Seattle talent Ian Hubert to come working in Amsterdam for 7 months to write and direct the film—assisted in Blender Institute’s studio by an international team of 3d and vfx artists, and with a Dutch film crew and Dutch actors.

The film’s premise is about a group of warriors and scientists, who gathered at the “Oude Kerk” in Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past, in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.

Plus, I really enjoyed seeing Derek De Lint again! And be sure to watch through the credits. Via.

And, finally, the sweetest of the three: The Maker by Christopher Kezelos (you can download the film at the website). The official description is succinct: “A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.” If you like Paul Halley’s lovely score, “Winter,” you can download it at the composer’s website here. Via.

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