Film Friday: Sony Announces PlayStation 4 and Signal Makes a Glass Snowboard. PLUS Read Details on the Academy Award Nominees for Short Animated Films

Check out our favorite videos of the week for your digital media inspiration! Hot videos this week include Sony’s trailer announcing Playstation 4 (scheduled for holiday 2013) with some amazing video games planned for the new system; an amazing stop motion short featuring Legos that come to life replicating Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance developed by digital media pro Annette Jung of Berlin-based Talking-Animals Animation Studio; and FIDM industry partner, Signal Snowboards, creates a snowboard out of glass.

Before you watch the Academy Awards® this Sunday, check out trailers, behind-the-scenes interviews and more from the Short Film-Animation nominees below.

Sony Announces PlayStation 4

Lego “Thriller” Dance by Annette Jung

Signal Snowboards’ Fragile Italian Glass Snowboard

Academy Award Nominated Shorts:

Adam and Dog Trailer
Minkyu Lee

“Adam and Dog” is a hand-drawn, 15-minute animation short that tells the story of the world’s first dog (named Dog) and his relationship with Adam in the Garden of Eden. The short tries to explain why dogs are so special to humankind, says director Minkyu Lee (who personally funded the project) to LA Times.

Fresh Guacamole

Adam Pesapane, the filmmaker known as PES, “has built a career around pairing everyday objects with seemingly unrelated activities in clever, often humorous and always thoughtful stop-motion films and commercials,” according to Animation World Network. Read PES’s Q&A with Animation World Network about this incredible animated short here.

Head over Heels
Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

“After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, parallel lives, never talking, barely even looking at each other. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together,” state the film makers at

Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
David Silverman

“The film began life as a case study for creating 3D effects in future Simpson episodes, without using CGI. Its director David Silverman explains: ‘We actually had done some experiments before, with existing footage from the show. And we wanted to try something and really test it out and see if it would work.’

The short movie is available in traditional 2D but also in 3D. The short made its debut a year ago, as the opening featurette for the hit “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” It is a silent film that tells a day in the life of Maggie Simpson at the Ayn Rand School for Tots. There, she meets her arch enemy, the mono-browed Baby Gerald. And this is when the war the begins…”

John Kahrs

We published the full animated Paperman short in a previous post here, and you can get more details on the making of this innovative piece by Disney Animation in two articles by It’s Art magazine found here and here. In the video above, check some of the amazing “making of” production stills.

Watch the full short animation below:

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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