April 20, 2014 5:10 PM   Subscribe

OMEGA - A Stop Motion Animated Short. "The mechanical life form Ohm inhabits a bleak and devastated planet. The thousands of mechanical creatures of this world share a single cycle of energy. In this cycle, Ohm is a rogue element. His nature is to devour and absorb others. When one day a gargantuan foreign object appears in the skies. Drawn in by mysterious creatures of light, the Ohm tracks them across the planet, changing the known order of matter, time and space." [Via]
posted by homunculus (4 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
The Dude prevails...
posted by jim in austin at 5:44 PM on April 20, 2014

when i'm at work i think i closely resemble the creatures at the 5:43 mark...
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 8:18 PM on April 20, 2014

I remember when "shorts" were 3 to 5 minutes long. This should have been too.
posted by Laotic at 12:55 AM on April 21, 2014

Well, I liked it, at any rate. The beginning segments gave me a strong Dark Crystal vibe, and it was some gorgeously executed stop-motion work. All the creatures were fascinating and I liked that it lingered so I could get a good look at them all, and each shot was perfectly framed and lit. (I was just replaying Botanicula, so maybe I'm just in the mood for wacky European creature design.) I wish that the pacing had been more varied, though. And the CG portions felt so lifeless in comparison to the stop-motion. I get that that's part of the point, and using the limits of a particular media to create contrast to tell the story is very smart, but that still leaves me liking the first two thirds and finding the last third dead in comparison. But they definitely got me with the surprise of scale, which I'm rarely duped by, so that was nice. I can tell it's something I'm going to be thinking about and remembering for a long time. It's no Skywhales, but it's only a tier below.
posted by Mizu at 3:34 AM on April 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

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