Good Visuals Shorts



  • This page contains works that I did not include in my overall shorts recommendations, but that have good visuals (both design and animation were ranked as "good" or "great").
  • Works are in order of visual preference (weighted towards design).

imageHugh (2008)
  • details link ESMA icon France video link
  • Synopsis: Young tribe children learn about their history.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Excellent design, animation, and characters, but the concept/writing are not compelling.
imageThe man with the chicken head (2007)
  • a.k.a.: L'homme à tête de poule
  • details link Supinfocom icon France
  • Synopsis: A man is ostracized in life due to his unusual chicken head.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageThe Passenger (2009)
  • details link Chris Jones reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A guy is very scared while on his bus ride on a stormy night.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Very nice design and high quality animation, lacking a better concept and stronger comedic writing.
imageRyan (2004)
  • details link Chris Landreth icon Canada
  • Synopsis: A visual monolog illustrated in the odd style of the artist.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Innovative animation with very limited-appeal writing.
imageVenice Beach (2004)
  • details link Dongseo University icon Korea
  • Synopsis: Crabs work out their muscles on Venice Beach.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageThe Archiver (2011)
  • details link ArtFx icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A space explorer finds something unexpected on a planet.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, average writing, weak concept
    Impressive professional-style visuals and animation lacking a more compelling story.
imageThe Bird (2008)
  • details link Nakyoung Kim
  • Synopsis: A father pushes his daughter to leave the island in a time of war using the only plane left.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, weak concept | writing
    Some spectacular designs (except for the plasticy face of the father) with an underdeveloped concept and weak writing.
imageLa Dernière Minute (2004)
  • details link Forêt Bleue icon France
  • Synopsis: Two twins in two worlds intimately tied to time.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, weak concept | writing
    Great visuals.
imageMeet Meline (2009)
  • details link Virginie Goyons | Sebastien Laban icon France reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A curious little girl has an adventure in the barn with something scary.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, weak concept | writing
    Beautiful environment designs, impressively realistic camera animation, and a realistic little girl (except a little plasticy with some clunky animation); however, the writing was missing something to make it all more compelling.
imageROSA (2011)
  • details link Jesús Orellana icon Spain video link
  • Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic future, a cyborg fights for her life.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, average writing, weak concept
    Some cool visuals and Matrix-type action (except for some rare clunkiness) with nothing very compelling about the writing.
imageA Shadow of Blue (2011)
  • details link Carlos Lascano icon Spain video link
  • Synopsis: A young girl walks into a shadow world of fantasy.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, weak concept | writing
    Visually stunning (except for the shadow sequences mostly driven by live-action), but not very compelling.
imageSwing of Change (2011)
  • details link ESMA icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A racist barber is inspired by a magical jazz instrument.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept, weak writing
    Creative piece suffering from the limited writing.
image458nm (2006)
  • details link Filmakademie icon Germany video link
  • Synopsis: A visual journey with a mechanical snail.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Interesting realistic design.
image8848 (2006)
  • details link Supinfocom icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A boy remembers his father, a mountain climber.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageANIMA (2008)
  • details link Supinfocom icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A strange convergence of jungle animals and the concrete jungle.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice design and animation limited by a quirky concept.
imageAdrift (2010)
  • details link University Of Hertfordshire icon UK video link
  • Synopsis: A young girl finds a companion in a fantastic world in the clouds.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Beautiful visuals in a cloud fantasy world, lacking from a compelling story.
imageAnnie and Boo (2003)
  • details link Johannes Weiland icon Germany reference link
  • Synopsis: A girl meets a real life "coincidence."
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Environments and creature animation is good, but human animation and writing/characters are weak.
imageBlind Spot (2008)
  • details link Gobelins icon France video link
  • Synopsis: Something goes horribly wrong in a late night mart.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals, but comedic writing is not properly developed.
imageThe Brush (2005)
  • details link Bournemouth University icon UK
  • Synopsis: An old man uses a magical paint brush.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageCODEHUNTERS (2006)
  • details link Axis (Ben Hibon) icon UK video link
  • Synopsis: Apocalyptic action with a cast of renegades.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Some cool action sequences.
imageCarrot Crazy (2011)
  • details link Ringling College video link
  • Synopsis: Two men compete for the capture of a carrot-hungry rabbit.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average writing, weak concept
    Some nice animation with Looney Tunes-type action, suffering from limited comedic writing.
imageclikclak (2005)
  • details link Supinfocom icon France
  • Synopsis: Two robots experiment with a sophisticated domino effect sequence and the corresponding sounds.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Creative concept with nice visuals.
imageCoach (2008)
  • details link 15 frame animation icon Ukraine
  • Synopsis: An old soccer coach relives his glory days.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Pretty interesting design/animation.
imageDo Penguins Fly? (2006)
  • a.k.a.: Les pingouins volent-ils ?
  • details link Planktoon icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A man discovers something when trying to document penguin behavior.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, weak writing
    Weak comedy.
imageDocteur Trifulgas (2005)
  • details link Waide Somme (Jerome Chorton) icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A mean greedy doctor is asked to cure a poor man.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageEternal Gaze (2003)
  • details link Sam Chen
  • Synopsis: They story of an artist, his art, and reciprocated love - inspired by Alberto Giacometti.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Some interesting visuals with very limited appeal.
imageEven Pigeons Go to Heaven (2006)
  • a.k.a.: Même les pigeons vont au paradis
  • details link BUF icon France reference link
  • Synopsis: A priest tries to cheat a miserly old man.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageFanboy (2008)
imageFinders Keepers (2008)
  • details link Ringling College video link
  • Synopsis: An astronaut believes he is the first to discover a planet.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, weak writing
    Weak comedic writing.
imageHit and Run (2009)
  • details link Ringling College
  • Synopsis: Two superheroes rush to a crisis and end up crashing into each other.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals with weak comedic writing.
imageJona/Tomberry (2005)
  • details link Studio Rosto icon Netherlands reference link
  • Synopsis: Third short in a psychedelic horror trilogy.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Interesting visuals.
imageKUDAN (2008)
  • details link Links DigiWorks icon Japan
  • Synopsis: A man passes into a spiritual dimension to retrieve his child.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept, weak writing
    Cool design and animation with story telling that I could not appreciate.
imageThe Lady and the Reaper (2009)
  • a.k.a.: La dama y la muerte
  • details link Kandor Graphics icon Spain video link
  • Synopsis: An old lady is ready to move on from this life, but a modern surgery is not ready to let that happen.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, weak writing
    Weak comedic writing.
imageLucia (2004)
  • details link Felix Gönnert icon Germany
  • Synopsis: A sick little girl in the hospital explores her imagination.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Dated animation with weak lighting and textures.
imageThe Minor Factor (2008)
  • a.k.a.: Facteur Mineur
  • details link Supinfocom icon France video link
  • Synopsis: The final battle led by the miners at the closing of their pencil mine.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Interesting character design/animation and impressive environmental designs.
imageMy Little Angel (2008)
  • details link Flurry Animation Studios
  • Synopsis: A mischievous boy experiments with the concept that his actions tie to the fate of his guardian angel.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Weak comedy.
imageMytho Logique (2010)
  • details link ESMA icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A big confusion brews in the world of mythology.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average writing, weak concept
    Some cool designs needing better comedic writing.
imageNegadon: The Monster from Mars (2005)
  • details link Jun Awazu icon Japan
  • Synopsis: A scientist regrets his creation.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice visuals.
imageNullarbor (2011)
  • details link Alister Lockhart icon Australia
  • Synopsis: A wreckless young man gets frustrated with an old man on a long stretch of isolated highway.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice character designs in realistic environments, limited by weak comedic writing.
imageOne Fine Day (2009)
  • details link Ringling College
  • Synopsis: In the post-apocalyptic wasteland grows the most dangerous threat of all, a flower.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Pretty cool design and animation with very weak comedic writing.
imageRED RABBIT (2007)
  • details link Filmakademie icon Germany
  • Synopsis: A man with an unusual pet finds it hard to have a relationship.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Incredibly realistic environment design.
imageReal Birds don't Barf (2003)
  • details link Filmakademie icon Germany
  • Synopsis: One bird questions another bird's odd way of flying.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, weak writing
imageRough AppRoach (2004)
  • details link The German Film School icon Germany
  • Synopsis: Two special forces roaches discuss life while on a mission.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
    Nice environment design with weak characters and comedy.
imageStreet Stories - Episode 14: "To Air is Human" (2005)
  • details link Ringling College
  • Synopsis: A misunderstood guy talks about his troubles while he fantasizes.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
imageTHE AERONAUT (2006)
  • details link Ringling College video link
  • Synopsis: A man realizes that the safer flying contraptions are not the ones with a real thrill of flying.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
imageThings That Go Bump in the Night (2005)
  • details link Ringling College
  • Synopsis: A little boy is scared of every noise and moving shadow he sees in his room at night.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, weak writing
imageTreasure (2011)
  • details link Ringling College video link
  • Synopsis: A homeless lady finds a treasure to enlighten her life.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, weak writing
    Tender story lacking stronger writing.
imageTrue Color (2004)
  • details link Supinfocom icon France
  • Synopsis: Robots experiment in colors.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, weak concept | writing
imageTulip Street (2008)
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