You really don't need to buy a theater ticket for big budget movie effects anymore. District 9 director Neill Blomkamp definitely showed that with shorts such as Tetra Vaal and Halo: Arms Race. The two shorts you're about to see follow in the same footsteps.
1. "Plot Device" by Red Giant
"Plot Device" runs the gamut of geek daydreams: there's random gun battles, gas-masked aliens, zombies, massive spaceships and even crazy, Men In Black-style weapons. The effects are well done, and the sense of humor will keep you from clicking away.
2. "The Archiver" by ArtFx
ArtFx, a digital effects school in France, present "The Archiver," an all-out sci-fi visual feast and no worse for it. I've watched it a few times now and still I don't really know what's going on, but I've had to wipe drool from my chin after each viewing regardless.
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