Shot-for-shot remake of the Man of Steel trailer is homespun magic

It's always fun to see what fans come up with when they Swede trailers for big special effects movies, but there's something especially delightful about this homemade remake of the Man of Steel trailer by DustFilmsOriginals. When it begins, it seems like a particularly earnest Sweding, but by the time we hit the bus… » 12/23/12 12:00pm 12/23/12 12:00pm

A stylish film about what happens when Superman's dog goes to the…

Well, I didn't anticipate writing that headline this morning, but Brett Underhill's sleek (albeit scatological) short about the bodily functions of Superman's dog Krypto forced my hand. Explains Underhill of Superman's Best Friend, "After a long day working two jobs, Superman's duties never seem to end when Krypto… » 8/03/12 11:25am 8/03/12 11:25am

Watch a visually impressive 23-minute Y: The Last Man fan film

The film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's chromosomal apocalypse comic book Y: The Last Man has lingered in development hell for years, but that didn't dissuade filmmaker Christian Cardona from adapting the series out of a labor of love. He's condensed the story of the weeniest (cue cymbal crash) last… » 7/11/12 2:10pm 7/11/12 2:10pm

What if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired on Adult Swim?

Then it might bear a strong resemblance to this concept animation by Malcolm Sutherland. Sutherland took cues from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book, which experimented with many bizarre art styles. Here's a pared-down look at those familiar sewer shinobi of New York City. And is Michelangelo… » 7/03/12 8:40am 7/03/12 8:40am

This Star Wars student film could pass for a lost episode of Clone Wars

For a graduation project for Florida's Digital Animation and Visual Effects School, a group of students assembled this unofficial tribute to the 1980s Droids cartoon show. Watch as Artoo and Threepio go haplessly joyriding with some Jawas. Spoiler alert — the ending is reminiscent of that one incredibly ill-fated… » 6/30/12 6:45am 6/30/12 6:45am

If Portal guns were readily available in real life, you'd use them to…

At least that's the conceit of Jason Craft's Portal: Terminal Velocity, a nifty short film about a group of pals who make each other's lives miserable with their new toy. The Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device really should come with a warning informing the consumer that it possesses the power to destroy all of… » 6/12/12 10:15am 6/12/12 10:15am

What if Inception and 300 were built entirely out of LEGO bricks?

For a class project for Staffordshire University's Visual Effects and Concept Design degree program, students assembled a series of animated shorts that reimagined Hollywood blockbusters as LEGO worlds (à la the LEGO Star Wars series). These projects were assembled over a period of 12 weeks, and each represents… » 6/11/12 4:50pm 6/11/12 4:50pm