Four minute film about the LITTLE BOAT that could

Little Boat from nelson boles on Vimeo.

CalArts student Nelson Boles created this beautifully animated, four minute short film LITTLE BOAT. It has a tremendous visual and emotional depth for a deceptively simple concept, story and style. It starts off slow with a small sail boat that floats along and passes a variety of seascapes and environments, including some harsh conditions. However, the payoff near the end is worth the time. The slightly smudged effect and the soft colors – refreshing in today’s era of razor sharp animation – reminds me of artist Jorge Colombo’s finger-painted images, one of which adorned the cover of a New Yorker (previously blogged here), that he creates using an iPhone app Brushes.