One of my favourite movies is a short anime from a few years back, called Voices of a Distant Star. It's a story about love and separation and long-distance relationships, and since this is anime, it's also a story about space battles and giant robots and invading aliens and a schoolgirl. It's a really beautiful piece, and I most certainly recommend it to anyone who's willing to embrace a certain quiet sorrow in their entertainment; it's not for everyone, but what is? But the most interesting thing about Voices of a Distant Star is that, while it looks just as pretty as plenty of studio-produced anime films, it was the work of one guy, in his garage, using nothing more than off-the-shelf computers and programs. Granted, some pretty expensive off-the-shelf computers and programs, but still. Although no more than a student film, in terms of the funding and technical opportunities available, Voices of a Distant Star was so masterfully done that it was licensed for distribution by ADV, one of the biggest names in anime outside Japan, and got a manga adaptation and a soundtrack release. Outside of Kevin Smith's Clerks, which cost Smith tens of thousands of dollars and would've bankrupted him if it hadn't been picked up, I can't think of anything else to compare it to. But I suspect, in the coming years, I probably will find a few new alternatives.
Which is, actually, all just a long-winded way of introducing this video. It's very impressive visually, though the voice work is a bit rough and the walking animation for the Inquisitor makes him look a touch jerky. I can't wait to see what comes of this when it's finished; it's already far more interesting than Ultramarines ever managed!
via Topless Robot