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Check Out This Animated Short: “X-Story”


If you watch just one of the indie shorts TZ is spotlighting during the month of December, make it this one and trust us. It contains no words and the main character has no name, but it’s by far one of the coolest cartoons we’ve witnessed all year.

The adventurer we’re following is a combination of Indiana Jones and Mega Man, but he’s not quite as virtuous as either inspiration. He’s only in it for two things — greed and power — and nothing will stand in the way of either goal. Having finally located the ultimate treasure, he races to a foreign video-gamey area and acrobats his way into a high tower…but will he get what he’s after, or will his own lusts be his undoing?

“X-Story” took two years to complete and was the result of artist Vitaliy Shushko’s sweat and tears, though he had a lot of help. Below this video you’ll find the credits for the short. If you’d like to contact Shushko or you’d just like to see some behind-the-scenes sketches, check out his Facebook and his Blogspot page. Enjoy!

Vitaliy Shushko — art, story, directing (shushko.blogspot.ru/)
Elena Volk — 2d/3d-animation, compositing (vimeo.com/xolotzintli)
Pavel Mira — compositing, 3d-modeling, 3d-animation (facebook.com/pavel.andrushenko?fref=ts)
Denis Pisarev — compositing, 3d-modeling (vimeo.com/user3263313)
Timur Gibadulin — 3d-modeling (artstation.com/artist/gogigogigovich)
Viktor Gullichsen — music (soundcloud.com/vstorm)
Henri Keinala — music
DZA — additional music (soundcloud.com/dza)
Thomas Karagiannis — additional music (thomaskaragiannis.com)
Juhana Vihervaara — sound design
Tomas Ihonen — sound design
Florian Calmer — additional sound design (hypnago.com)

Special Thanks
Vasili Zorin — (zorinvasili.tumblr.com/)
Pavel Vasin — (pagatcha.deviantart.com/)
Nadya Mira — (vimeo.com/nadyamira)
Ilya Shekiladze — (shekiladze.tumblr.com/)