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‘Strange Beasts’ by Magali Barbé

“A sci-fi short about augmented reality. Strange Beasts is an augmented reality game. It allows you to create and grow your own virtual pet. How far can it go?”

Directed by Magali Barbé, U.K., 2017. Read more about the making of the film.

Written and directed by Magali Barbé
Staring Timothy Renouf and Poppy Polivnick
Director of photography: Anthony Guiry
First assistant: Amélie Guyot
Second assistant: Vincent Aupetit
Music and sound design: Pierre Vedovato
Sound recordist: Michael Chubb
Makeup and hair: Bridget Crotty and Rachael Thomas
VFX supervisor: Peregrine McCafferty
Creatures artist: Dean Frater
Creatures designer: Jonathan Djob Nkondo
Rigger: Maickel Pasta
Animators: Joffrey Zeitouni and Philippe Moine
Rendering and compositing: Mario Ucci and Rick Thiele at Red Knuckles
Tracking: Peanut
Color artist: Lewis Crossfield at Electric Theatre Collective
Extra creatures: Andriy Hrmalyuk and Ramtin Ahmad
Rendered with Renderman
Co-produced by Red Knuckles and Peanut

  • This sounds interesting.

  • Tomm

    Great short

  • Tony

    First it was cute. Then it got creepy. Then it got sad. And all done with great subtlety.

    • Jose

      I thought that the animation was amazing, the subject matter was very interesting, and the acting was great, but my only complaint would be that I feel it’s actually not subtle at all. I thought that there wasn’t enough of a transition between the “infomercial” feel of the first half and the film-like feel of the second half. To me, it was sort of like reading a book that is in first-person POV that suddenly switches to third-person POV. Either way, it was a great job. Made me want to have a strange beast of my own haha.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    I really liked it. If I’m reading the page correctly, it seems they want to adapt it into a full length movie? I’d go for that.