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Darwin’s Tree of Life – see how living things are related

Tree of Life is a collaborative project by Wellcome Trust, BBC, and The Open University. It was aired on BBC1 in early 2009 as part of BBC’s Darwin season. It serves as homage to Charles Darwin, whose 200th birth anniversary falls in 2009. In Darwin's “On the Origin of Species,” he used the term 'tree of life' to describe the evolutionary relationships between all living things on Earth. The collaborators intended to produce an updated version of the Tree of Life, created by Shadow Industries. Sir David Attenborough narrates this six and a half minute video, which invites you to “see how living things are related.”
World Builder

World Builder – a strange man builds a world using holographic tools for the woman he loves

The film starts with hologram images up in the air, with a man lying down, flipping over these images with his finger. On his right arm is a digitized timer, projecting 59:59 – a second less than an hour for him to do what he’s got to do. “World Builder” is an award-winning romantic science fiction that was written, directed, and produced by Bruce Branit, a visual effects connoisseur well-known for co-creating “405” with Jeremy Hunt. For about nine minutes, “World Builder” will take you on a journey into a virtual world where all emotions are profound and for real. One man builds a world, one woman takes a little stroll, and the rest is for the creative imagination of the audience. The film was created with Newtek LightWave3D, EyeOn Digital Fusion, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, and Dell Computers. Kudos to Randy Skach and Jason Sartain for a neat work on the musical score and music production, respectively.

MUTO – a wall-painted animation by BLU licensed under Creative Commons

When I first came across this animation I couldn't believe how much work and imagination went into creating it. There is really no storyline or a clear message - "Muto" is just "an ambiguous animation painted on public walls" - yet for over 7 minutes it keeps you glued to the screen waiting for what creature is going to come out of the animator's brush next. To allow everybody to freely share this animation, Blu has licensed it under CC. Enjoy.

Archon Defender – award-winning 3D animation film by David Krupicz

The 3D animation film Archon Defender is a one-man project by David Krupicz, who completed the film by working on second hand computers during his spare time within three years. The other people involved in the movie are only the voice talents, who Krupicz found with the help of a radio station. I did not know what to expect from an hour-long animation film that is a product of one man's creative input, from the story to the visuals, to the music, and everything else that needs to be creatively integrated into a film. Perhaps if I personally knew the filmmmaker, I would have had an idea that it would be good, but since I didn't, I was simply awed.

“Nasty Old People” – free full feature movie by Hanna Sköld

The film's central character is Mette (Febe Nilsson), a rather callous and rebellious 19-year-old neo-Nazi gang member, whose day job is taking care of old and sick people from whom death seems to approach way too slowly each long and painful day. The irony in Mette's icy demeanor and her day-to-day responsibilities creates an interesting series of possibilities that are both amusing and provocative. Mette eventually rediscovers herself and her own restrained longing for love and acceptance as her life becomes tightly intertwined with the varied lives of the old people that she interacts with everyday. They have all become characters in a unique fairy tale world, and as she realizes this, she is changed forever.

Dimensions – two hours of Mathematics fun

Dimensions is a 2-hour educational video about Mathematics. Featuring 9 chapters that take you up to the fourth dimension, enjoy two hours of mathematics with some of the most famous Mathematicians in the history. From circles to spheres, square to cubes, and even more complex stuff such as geometry and the Hopf fibration, this collection of videos definitely is a must-see for just about anybody.

Pigeon: Impossible by Lucas Martell – technically stunning and hilarious 3D Pixar-style animated short

"Pigeon: Impossible" is the tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase. This animated short movie is not only technically impressive, but also very well crafted in terms of the story line, keeping the viewer truly entertained for the entire 6 minutes.

Assassin’s Creed II: Lineage – The Full 30-Minute Movie in HD

We have written about the first part of Assassin's Creed II: Lineage here, but UbiSoft and Hybride Studios have recently compiled all three episodes of the miniseries, completing the thirty-minute short movie filled with stunning graphics and intriguing stories. Assassin's Creed II: Lineage now tells us the full story of the secrecy, distrust, monarchy and assassinations in early Italy as seen by the assassin Giovanni - the perfect background for one of the most awaited games of the year.