Watch: Separate Stop-Motion Animated Short “Solar Plexus” About Grief
by Alex Billington
November 21, 2023
Once again a magnificent animated short film which shows the extraordinary potential of animation as a storytelling medium. There are so many things that can be visualized with animation techniques. Solar plexus is a stop-motion short film created by British filmmaker David McShane. It was originally his UK NFTS graduation film, premiering in 2019 and screening at Cannes and many other festivals. It has won the award for best sound design in recent years. In the film, Noah struggles to overcome his grief over the death of his mother, a journey that takes him from his apartment beyond the stars. A fascinating short film featuring stop-motion animated characters and oil painting for additional scenes. I really like the unique “neon green” look of the character and the darkness of his apartment. And the oil painting sequence is also truly stunning. The film is less than 10 minutes long and is worth watching. McShane seems like a unique filmmaker to watch.
Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip on this one. Brief introduction via Vimeo: “Noah has not accepted the death of his mother – an astronaut. To move forward, he must break what still connects them…” Solar plexus is an animated short film directed by London-based animation filmmaker David McShane – you can see more of his work on his Vimeo or visit his official website or follow him on IG @davidjmcshane. He is “particularly interested in stories that explore homosexuality, technology and disconnection. I love infusing these tales with fantasy elements and stop-motion.” This short film is his NFTS graduation project in the UK – it was originally premiered in 2019 in Cannes at the Cinéfondation. The screenplay is written by Jessica Sinyard. Produced by Paida Mutonono. With photography by Lily Grimes and music by William Turner. For more information on the project, visit David’s website or Vimeo. To discover more short films, click here. Thoughts?