Creator: Anthony Lucas (2005 Academy Award Nominee)
Media Type: Animated Short, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vORsKyopHyM
Audience: Teen, Adult
This short film is pure steam punk. In a fully mechanized world with visible gear-shift elevators, flying machines, steam spewing carts, and Gothic shadow animation. This Australian short film was nominated for the 2005 Academy Award for Short Films – and for good reason. Not only is the shadow/back lit animation flawless, an almost whispering narration paired with creative, heavily stylized yet wholly functional engineering makes the film beautiful to experience. At only 27 minutes, the film is not a major time commitment, but the characters, adventure, and unexpected plot turns will leave you talking about it for days.
Bottom Line: Beautiful, creative, and should have won the Oscar.