Director's Choice

Director's Choice

Special selections from Supernova Creative Director Ivar Zeile

Coinciding with the launch of Supernova in 2016, Director’s Choice is a group of special selections curated by Supernova’s Creative Director, one with no inherent definition other than the impulse towards creativity, whether radical or ephemeral, ranging from big ideas to those seeking a more nuanced angle of acceptance. The program continues to reshape itself each year, with a view towards master artistry as well as impulses that flow in surprising ways. One thing is certain: the selections almost always mix stalwart Supernova artist animations with a healthy dose of the daring and joyous new works that should be admired and considered by all. As with all Supernova programs, the animations represent artists from across the world.

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Director's Choice
  • Untitled Land

    Elliot Spence

    Untitled Land is an exploration of a pretend Island.

    Elliot Spence is a 3D artist and painter living and working in Baltimore (pretendelliot.com, and @pretendelliot on Instagram.). He attended Carver Center for the Arts and Tech in Towson, Rhode Island School of Design for Paintin...

  • Leaders

    Faiyaz Jafri

    A choreographed vision of the future.

    Written, directed, animated, and composed by Faiyaz Jafri.
    Produced by Hyper-Unrealism All rights reserved © 2020 by Faiyaz Jafri / Hyper-Unrealism.

  • The Pandemic And The Parallel Universe

    Atomic Elroy

    Don't Eat Armadillo Poop!

  • The Blank Page + Brain Wave

    Jake Fried

    One drawing reworked and scanned frame by frame.
    Ink and white-out on paper, sound design by the artist.

    The Blank Page premiered on Adult Swim’s Off The Air: Patterns

    Brain Wave by Jake Fried 2019.
    Hand-drawn animation with ink and white-out.
    Sound design by the artist.

  • Jealousy

    Kimberly Burleigh
    Director's Choice Award of Distinction 2020

    Jealousy is an experimental 3D animation. It features an elemental digital construction of the plantation house meticulously described in the seminal 1957 novel La Jalousie by French writer Robbe-Grillet. No characters are depicted in...

  • Foreign Exchange

    Corrie Francis Parks

    As an artist, I have worked with sand for over 15 years, but only recently have I begun to inspect it on the microscopic scale, where the individuality of each grain becomes apparent. Micro-sand animation involves moving grains of sand on a light table with toothpicks and t...

  • bearing

    Greg Marshall

    "bearing" is a machine-like data based art video by Greg Marshall. It composes sampled Google 360° Sphere photographs from Yemen with recorded data from over 327 US military drone attacks in Yemen between 2002 to 2018. Almost all the attacks occurred between 2009 and 2018 according...

  • Wind

    Dana Sink

    An exploration of movement and meaning.

    Dana Sink lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a dog. He creates allegorical animations that draw inspiration from the people and objects around him. His paintings, films, and animations have been seen in gall...

  • Pause, Play, Repeat

    By Ankita Panda

    ‘Pause. Play. Repeat’ is a film that identifies the patterns that exist in the macro and micro systems around us.

    Ankita is an animation film-maker and motion designer, born and brought up in India, currently based in LA. She comes from a classical animation background and curr...

  • Short tales with long titles

    Juan Vargas

    Three short stories in animation. With absurd premises and surprising endings. Time travel, existencial coincidences, bakery dictatorships and more

    Bio
    Juan Vargas is an Illustrator and designer, born in the caribbean coast and living in Bogotá. Interested in viewing the world with ...

  • In My Particular Case

    Chico Jofilsan

    In a world in which focus no longer stands out dispersion occupies the foreground. This is the theme of this film that shows different resources of animation in adapting to the rhythm of our minds. After all, what other art, if not animation, can shape so many imaginary worlds?

    C...

  • Dance Dog Dance

    Paul Johnson

    "Dance Dog Dance" uses 2d rotoscoping to illustrate animals dancing to some of the best dance sequences in film and music video from the past 100 years.

    Paul has worked in animation since 1995 and taught animation for 15 years. He is making 20 short films in 20 years, with his 7th ...

  • Don't Fall

    Dane Cree

    The overwhelming feeling of ever-expanding student loan debt, resulting in dark suicidal thoughts during the deer hunting season.

    Dane Cree is an Independent animator in Minneapolis, MN

  • Birth of Black Venus

    Lou Lou

    LOULOU JOÃO IS AN AFROBELGIAN 3D ILLUSTRATOR AND ANIMATOR, DUE TO HER MIXED ROOTS SHE DEVELOPED AN INTERDIMENSIONAL WORLDVIEW.

    BECAUSE OF THIS, SHE APPROACHES POLITICAL, CULTURAL, SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND HISTORICAL ASPECTS OF THE WHITE WORLD IN AN ANALYTICAL WAY. INVESTIGATING HOW WHITE SUPE...

  • For the Light of Other Shores

    Erik Mondrian

    For the Light of Other Shores is a series of eleven short art films—obliquely interconnected and running 30 minutes in total—in which I combined vocal recordings I made of my writing with footage I shot of various virtual places in the online world of Second Life, exploring themes ...

  • The Chair

    Ronnie Cramer

    A woman encounters a chair with strange properties, but can't decide if the experience is exciting or annoying. Created old-school style, using only pen and paper, and made up of 2,700 individual drawings

    Artist/Musician/Filmmaker Ronnie Cramer has been active in the arts communit...