1. Geist

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    Geist is an atmospheric, short animated thriller. It was directed by Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen from Irish animation studio, Giant. It has garnered a lot of accolades including an Irish Film & Television Academy award for Best Animation.

    The heightened sounds and realistic textures grip you for the start. The shipwrecked fisherman fights his way through a storm and clouded memory. He takes shelter in a dimly lit refuge. And as he slowly remembers, the scenes alternate between beautiful tones of blues and reds before culminating in a sobering conclusion.

    The idea for the film came from a chat we had when we first started the studio. We all decided we wanted to try make a short film that pushed animation out of it’s comfort zone and towards something more mature and cinematic.
    — Sean Mullen, newstalk.com

    Giant was founded in 2012 by Sean Mullen, Ben Harper, Alex Sherwood and Daniel Spencer. They started out as a freelance collective, working from their bedrooms, before transitioning to fully fledged studio. Now, employing over 60 talented people from all over the world, the independent animation studio has developed and produced ideas for television, feature film, games and everything in between.

    Credits

    Directed: Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen.
    Produced: Daniel Spencer
    Post Production and Sound Service: Mutiny Post, Dublin
    Production Executive: Emma Scott
    Executive Producer for RTE: Pauline McNamara
    Full credits here