Beautiful and clever student animation

Here's some exceedingly lovely student CGI animation that also manages to tell a great little story. I'm reminded of Neil Gaiman's story "Other People" from his excellent collection Fragile Things (to say more would be a spoiler!).

Hemlock by Tyson Ibele (Thanks, Noah!)



  1. Man, that is GREAT STUFF.

    I’ll ROT-13 my question, since it contains a spoiler: Nz V gur bayl bar jub guvaxf gur svefg thl jnf n ebobg sebz gur ortvaavat, naq gur jngre whfg ohearq njnl gur syrfu furyy? Rivqrapr: gur eng.

  2. (ROT-13 answer) Ab – V guvax vg vf gung gur jngre tvirf rgreany yvsr ol gheavat gur qevaxre vagb n ebobg. Gur ebobg zna jnfa’g cebgrpgvat gur jryy nf zhpu nf cebgrpgvat crbcyr sebz qevaxvat vg.

  3. I’m with spejic (side note: ROT-13 is awesome!).

    Blizzard should hire him for their cinematic department; in the beginning I felt like I could be watching a trailer for Diablo III, the atmosphere was so spot-on.

  4. An AJAX rot-13 app wouldn’t be the worst idea for blogs in general.

    Certainly would be nicer than trying to decipher disemvoweled messages.

  5. Huh – I was thinking the water had a switching type of property, and so that who ever drinks it goes from flesh->mech, or vise versa, and that the last person who has drunk it must stay until someone else comes along.

  6. I spent 10 minutes looking for my copy of “Fragile Things” when I remembered I got the paperback and probably left it in the break room at work. A little Googling and I remembered it was the story about Hell.

  7. Thanks for posting this. Amazing.

    You may like the work of Carlos Villarreal Kwasek. His short Climber, made whilst still a student at Vancouver Film School, has won many international awards. You can see that here, it’s a couple of minutes long.

    His animation reel is here, no less stunning.

  8. why is it that animations by “students” are better than major film companies most of the time. I think they are higher in quality and always have a cooler story line. iLike.

  9. lrnu v graq gb nterr, gur jngre unf orra gbyq gb tvir rgreany yvsr, ohg haxabja gb gur zna, tvirf yvsr va na ebobgvp sbez. v thrff gur ebobg naq gur zbhfr gevrq gb cebgrpg crbcyr sebz n greevoyr sngr…

    -ROT-13 rocks :D

  10. Really nicely done. Great lighting and a super camera style (where lots of student CG shorts fail).


  11. This guy is far from a student. More like the god of animation. check out his website to see more awesome.

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