Summa Shorts: “Cymatics: Science Vs. Music”


Now for something (almost) entirely different than my usual Summa Shorts fare: CYMATICS (from Greek: κῦμα “wave”): the study of visible sound; a process for making soundwaves visible; a subset of modal phenomena.  The only thing I love more than this video itself? The fact that all the scientific effects used in the video are real, and they have a “Behind the Scenes” [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Nebula”


This is a student film. Hang on. Let me repeat that: This is a student film. Calm down. No need to panic. It wasn’t made by a single person, but by a group of students at the French animation school Gobelins: Camille Andre, Marion Bulot, Clément Doranlo, Myriam Fourati, Jonghyun Jungboix, Alexis Kerjosse and Sarah Simon. Actually, the number of its creators doesn’t really diminish its impressiveness [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Herbalist”


This one has a gorgeous “painterly” style, even if it’s a bit on the dark side, story-wise. Reminds me of the great Frédéric Back’s “The Man Who Planted Trees,” in some ways. Except way more pessimistic. (Also, you need to watch through the credits, because the reference to the past in the short’s description won’t make [Read More...]

Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact


Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact. Yes, I realize I’m posting a short on back-to-back days, but I just can’t help myself. It’s not so much that it’s a really, really well-made sci-fi short (though that’s not an insignificant selling point). It’s that I can’t remember seeing anything like it before, [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Mad Doctor”


Over the weekend, Tom McDonald — fellow Patheotte and an expert on ghosts and Boris Karloff (and also Dark Country Music, but who’s counting?) – pointed me in the direction of the 1933 Disney short, “The Mad Doctor.” I was unfamiliar with it, so I hunted it up on YouTube. And now, I’m sort of freaked out. Which, given the month/time of [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Katedra”


…The reds, yellows, and blues of Madeleine shine like dawn through the ribs of the Cathedral, everything here is either in shadow or painted with viscous colors. I’ll sit, I’ll quiet my heart. I thought that it would be mainly fear, an animal terror, but I feel only regret now, a great, motionless, heavy regret, [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “L3.0″


Today’s short is a beautifully-rendered French bit about a robot struggling to hang on after the “End of Civilization as We Know It.” (Keep an eye out for the glass effects, in particular, because they’re gorgeous. Beautifully done.) In addition to being a) French, and b) beautifully made, the whole thing’s actually a bit creepy. It’s [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “10 Seconds”


When I first saw this short film on Mike Heist — a guy who makes a living by bending neon tubes; a master of the bending arts, you might say — I was immediately reminded of Marcus Daly’s The Coffinmaker. (I’m not quite sure why, though I think it might have something to do with the [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Ferdinand the Bull”


Whilst doing “due diligence/research” for my Lambert post a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a number of Disney shorts with strong ties to my childhood. I’ll be posting a number of these nostalgia-soaked piece in the coming months, but I thought I’d start with 1938′s Oscar-winning Ferdinand the Bull because it’s the only one that I [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Space Cat HOB”


Today’s short didn’t catch my interest for its strong story sense. In fact, it feels more like a catchy snippet lifted from a much larger story than a self-contained offering. It caught my attention because it’s a fantastic adventure in world-building. And because it’s incredibly vibrant (especially in terms of its colors). And because it was made “without money” [Read More...]