Platforms / Shorts
We all started out as filmmakers, graduating from colleges such as the National Film & Television School and the Royal College of Art. So we have a vested interest in producing new animated shorts as long as we live – it's fascinating, hard work, infuriating and yet totally worthwhile.
Our films have been screened all over the globe, from Estonia to Japan, Korea to the USA and back again. And we've picked up a larder full of awards, including the cumbersomely titled 'Most Creative Use of New Technology' at the British Animation Awards, the 'Grand Prize' at Pisaf, the 'Canal + Award for Best Short Film' at Creteil, the 'Audience Choice' at the Melbourne Animation Festival, a 'Special Mention' at Prix Ars Electronica and at Dresden…
An amazing slice of traditional 2D animation drama from Mighty.
Here is our 2012 Christmas animation! Inspired by the John Lewis advert (see below), we imagined what might have happened next.. Merry Christmas and a happy 2013! Director/Producer: Steve Smith Animation by Rob Thomson Music by Tim Goalen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N8axp9nHNU
Control is a short film by director Mr. Binns. It's a disturbing look at agoraphobia, and the panic that builds inside someone who can't even leave their own home through irrational fear of the outside world. Dark and foreboding, the film uses some clever and complex 3D rendering techniques to literally break apart the character's [...]
A short film inspired by the London 2012 Games, co-directed and animated by Leo Bridle and Amael Isnard. The short beautifully shows us what's going on down the backstreets of London during the build up to the Games, where vermin are also inspired to take part. Shot around London, sometimes from the top of a [...]
This is director Gergely Wootsch's first animated film, but it's a corker! It's about obsessive behaviour, or the narrow line between chaos and order, dream and awake, childhood trauma and spaghetti… Director: Gergely Wootsch Production: Royal College of Art
A young boy's chimerical journey from a small English town to the Himalayas that leads him to an all defining conclusion. We present director Gergely Wootsch's graduation film from the Royal College of Art, 'This Is Not Real'. A staggering mix of heady digital graphics and beautifully atmospheric character animation, the film has been shown [...]
A very short film by Mr. Binns made as a reaction to audio by Mike Farrar, and reflecting on the idea of making a very short film…
Or, to give it it's full title 'Me and my Goldfish went Swimming with Sharks'… This is a mixed-media short by Sarah Orenstein whilst at Loyalkaspar in NY, illustrating the beautiful, downbeat poem by Anthony Horowitz. Director, Designer, Animator: Sarah Orenstein Production Company: Loyalkaspar Creative Directors: David Herbruck, Beat Baudenbacher Producer: Jenn Dewey Additional Animation: [...]
Windows Masks Doors is the enigmatic title of new Beakus director Sarah Orenstein's thesis film from the renowned Rhode Island School of Design. It's played to over 50 festivals worldwide, and is a unique mechanical vision made with cut-out animation and texturous artwork. Director: Sarah Orenstein Sound Design: Chris Lane Music: Ari Picker and Lost [...]
New director Leo Bridle created this masterpiece of stop-frame animation with fellow graduate Ben Thomas. Made almost entirely from paper and using a steady-handed cut-out technique, the film traces the journey of a solitary man seeking his partner through his thoughts. Selected for the British Animation Awards 2010, the London Film Festival, Stuttgart and Anima [...]
Leigh Hodgkinson's dark, atmospheric and texturous puppet animation 'Stalk' was created for the Pulse Scheme. Deftly weaving model animation of the director's favourite and well-loved childhood bunny (who gratiously had her stuffing replaced by armature for the shoot…) with composited photographs and delicate lighting and smoke effects, the film plays out like a modern urban [...]
Here is an immensely exciting sneak preview of the new short in development at Beakus. It's being designed and directed by Steve Smith and takes our 3D visualisation on to another plane. The stylistic, dark and yet humorous film follows the breakdown of a family in the far-reaches of the windswept Norfolk countryside.
Joe and Mary live in a fish & chip shop on the south coast. When Mary falls unexpectedly pregnant on a stormy night, Joe thinks their may be something fishy going on with Him upstairs… This is Steve Smith's funny and intelligent 3-minute hand-drawn film commissioned for Channel 4 through it's AIR scheme. It was [...]
Beakus director Steve Smith was commissioned to make a 1-minute short for MTV's 'Load' mobile platform. 'Leap of Faith' follows the perils of being a box-headed robot in a post-apocalyptic cityscape.. Made entirely in 3D it features music accompaniement by Julian Wilson, and was actually used by BAFTA as an example of how to make [...]
Leigh Hodgkinson's humorous short for the Channel 4 AIR scheme features a little girl and her pet cow who, desperate to get her attention, jumps over the moon… well… almost. Harangued by an incensed bee (voiced by Little Britain's Matt Lucas) who has been taken for the ride, the cow starts eating all the stars [...]
This Depict! prize-winning film by Leigh Hodgkinson takes a look at butterfly speed dating… With only a short time to live, they'd better find a date – pronto! Director: Leigh Hodgkinson Producer: Leigh Hodgkinson for Skillset Commission: Skillset, UWN
Fantastic director Richard Fenwick's film 'Albert's Speech' needed bespoke sequences of animation to sit in with the live-action narrative about a guy unable to deliver a bestman's speech.. Beakus director Steve Smith provided the titles sequence and subsequent rabbit carnage, all taking place in Albert's summery escapist imagination. Director: Steve Smith Producer: Richard Barnett for [...]
A fascinating insight in to the techniques involved with creating 'Train Of Thought', Leo Bridle & Ben Thomas's latest film, made entirely in paper… Director: Leo Bridle & Ben Thomas Commission: Arts University College Bournemouth Music: Portico Quartet Starring: Napoleon Ryan & Marie Thomas Galvin