In honour of Earth Day, we’ve collected some student films and reels from our YouTube channel that have stuck with us, provoked us, entertained us, disturbed us, and made us think. There are lots more like them, too – this is just a small selection. Enjoy, and happy Earth Day!
A Change Of Season, a Film Production short directed by Travis Callahan, is a post-apocalyptic cautionary tale best summed up by one chilling line delivered in a classroom early on: “This process was called photosynthesis.”
Two Degrees/Left Behind is a visual effects reel created in 3D Animation & Visual Effects by Elena Topouzoglou. In a very simple action, a single penguin approaches a man as if to say “We need to talk.”
Last year, Digital Design students Dewi Mariam and Christian Whiticar created a series of PSAs called Our Choice as their final project. (Later written up by Motionographer.) Here’s one of the four installments, Overexploitation.
In Classical Animation grad Ben Meinhardt’s classic Binge and Purge, a sequel to his other VFS film Dancing Animals in Love and later expanded in an even more pointed series of shorts for MTV called Perfectland, we see what happens when nature (or its mutated version) fights back.
Game Design isn’t the first program you’d think of on Earth Day, but many student games have had an environmental bent. As you can see in this trailer, Bloom‘s student creators (profiled extensively here) gave their final project a very earth-friendly theme.
And finally, although not overtly about the environment, Jessica Wan‘s Matte Painting and VFX Reel shows us a ravaged Vancouver skyline: a simple but powerful image. (And also one of the inspirations for creating our Google Map of students destroying Vancouver last year.)