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Address Is Approximate. The Saga Of Biorn. Birn, an old Viking, is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery.

The Saga Of Biorn

To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy. Take a look at this amazing video created as a bachelor film project from The Animation Workshop. Note: A film by: Benjamin J. Kousholt, Daniel D. Christensen, Mads Lundgaard Christensen, Jesper A. Behind the scenes Follow: 42Concepts. Sintel (Dragon) Creating 3D computer graphics of any kind requires an application to suit, and they don’t come cheap. 3ds Max and Maya are the two most obvious and popular packages, but they can cost multiple thousands of dollars. While companies can afford to buy multiple licenses and give their staff such tools to work with, for individuals and independents the costs can be crippling.

Much like OpenOffice.org has offered a free alternative to Microsoft Office, there is a free package that hopes to give the paid competition a run for its money in the creation of 3D assets and animation. That package is Blender . As a way of promoting what Blender can do, the Blender Foundation has created an independent short film called . 10 Resonant Chamber. The Cathedral. Craziest. Cute Oxygen. Descendents (Flowers) It isn’t often that an animation leaves me dumbstruck, but this one did the trick.

Descendents (Flowers)

Descendants is an extraordinary 14 minute animated short about the wish of attaining the unattainable and that out of every great evil some great good must come. The protagonists are a pair of flowers (the older more experienced voiced by Whoopi Goldberg in full form and the younger by Christy Scott Cashman). They grow on the edge of a clearing next to one another.

One wonders from the start whether there is some symbiotic connection between them. One is aged and world-weary, made bitter by an unexplained backstory - the other one still youthful, vibrant and inquisitive. This short film started as a diploma project by Heiko van der Scherm and Holger Schoenberger at the Institute of Animation (part of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg). The Lady and The Reaper. An old lady is nearing the end of her days and she longs to be with the husband she has lost.

The Lady and The Reaper

So, when death pays her a visit on night in the form of a rather comical Grim Reaper then she touches his extended hand without fear. Only, she has not considered that a meddlling doctor on our side of the great divide will decide that she must be resuscitated . So ensues a terrific fight between the Reaper and the doctor, who fight fiercely over the mortal coil of the ancient dame. The Reaper eventually gives up, but the old lady has different ideas altogether. She is not going to let death give up that easily, No Sir-ee Bob! This wonderful 3D imaging short film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2009. Red (Riding Hood) The Backwater Gospel.