“Umbra” by Malcolm Sutherland

Montreal-based Malcolm Sutherland, who seemingly completes a new animated short every few minutes, debuted his latest–Umbra–last week. His creative range never fails to impress, and what is more remarkable is how fully conceived and realized each idea is. There’s something complex and introspective bubbling underneath the surface of Umbra, and it’s a film that I’ll be definitely revisiting over time.

Sutherland’s production notes: “The animation is all hand-drawn; a mix of drawing on paper and digital animation with a Wacom Cintiq tablet, assembled in After Effects 7 and edited in Sony Vegas 8. Music by Alison Melville and Ben Grossman, foley by Leon Lo, sound design/mix by Malcolm Sutherland.”

(Thanks, Kat Morris)


  • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

    This is really great. I absolutely loved it. Well done!

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Brilliant. Excellent animation well drawn supporting an original and sharp idea. Thanks for posting it.

  • Kelly

    Whoa. I like it. Characters are compelling to watch and the sound makes it creepy in a lonely way. Kind of 2001: A Space Odyssey-ishissness. Without apes. Or monoliths.

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    Very trippy. Great animation on the face, especially considering the limitations of such a simple design. The posing was great too. I’d be interested to know what was Cintiq and what was done on paper.

  • http://inconstruction Tony

    Astonishing….

  • http://www.elvindantes.com elvdant

    Captivating. Great expressions, movement, staging, design and music. But what is this? You got my mind spinning and thinking. Awesome work!

  • Cyle

    Wow. This is stunning.

  • Em

    Wow… this is just great!!! :D

  • http://www.sneezemeaway.com Ryan G

    Very entertaining, and enjoyable to watch.

  • http://merks-art.blogspot.com/ Tim Merks

    all of his films are amazing!

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    At first I thought “Oh No! Now I’ll never know what happens when he jumps into the shadow!” Then I remembered the very beginning. :D

  • http://jakedraws.blogspot.com jake armstrong

    waoh dude!