“Brave New Old” by Adam Wells

After a summer and autumn at film festivals, London-based motion-graphics designer Adam Wells has now put his 9-1/2 minute short online for everyone else to see. Don’t let its deceptively simplistic look scare you, this is a clever little piece of experimental filmmaking. Wells sent us some background:

I work as a motion designer in London for TV and corporate stuff, and did this project after hours at home. It look me about six months in total, working haphazardly. It was completed in March and has been playing at festivals. I found the online vs. festival thing very frustrating, but watching the film with an audience in a cinema is a very gratifying experience. (One particular Cartoon Brew post here was very insightful – thanks!).

I really wanted to try something different with 3d animated storytelling. I feel that 3D is often sidelined, as been a little bit cheaper and less artistic (possibly because of the technical skills required to pull it off) in the festival scene. So I want to try and prove its potential by using what I call mechanical storytelling – as opposed to the cinematography route that so many 3D film makers use. I feel there is no reason why experimental films cannot be fun and entertaining as well.

I couldn’t agree more.


  • http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie tomm

    wow . just stunning.

  • Drasko

    This is great, he could make homage to David O Riley in his coment, thou

    • Joe

      Nice short! I can see why you might think that, but I personally dont really see the comparison really. Some might say parallele with the ascetic, but the way the plot unfolds is something I have not seen before.

  • Rick Baumhauer

    Nicely done – reminds me a bit of Mark Osborne’s “More” under the surface.

    • Adam

      Hi this is Adam, Thanks for the kind words. I did not know my note was going to be put on the site or I may have written it differently. I dont know Mark Osborne’s Work… should I? Where can I see it?

  • Satorical

    The homages I saw were to Dark City: both the bit where the fellow’s staring off across the sea, and the one where he’s in a room surrounded by drawings of the shape.

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    Nice and stately! A precisely metered dose of compelling CG. The miniature roadways and cars were massively appealing for some reason. I kept playing those parts over and over.

  • Zack el-magharbel

    I think this is brilliant. That point about being artistic and experimental is spot on, and that this piece is destined to go down as one of the works of film that pushed the boundaries of animation. Does anybody know where i can see more of this work?

    • Adam

      send me an email (adam)