Monday, March 5, 2012

American Terror by The Fictory

The Fictory, a small animation studio, has been getting some press lately due to the success of the Atomic Robo short film they're a part of.  They been around for a while, though, with projects ranging from pinball games to a graphic novel to other animated shorts.  One such short, American Terror, can be viewed for free on their site, and is definitely worth checking out.

American Terror is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Jeff McComsey out of Alterna Comics.  Having not yet read read the comic, I was able to approach the short without any expectations.  It's only a few minutes long, but it's dense and intense and makes good use of its short runtime.

One word to describe American Terror would be "gritty".  It's a chaotic world, and the lines are far from neat and clean, which only adds to the world-building.  The viewer is thrown right into the middle of a war zone and the action come quickly and often; there's very little dialogue, so the visuals become increasingly important, so it's good that they're so well done.  The confusion adds to the story rather than detracting from it, and there's time to think of little else other than the protagonist completing his mission of search-and-capture (and shoot anything that gets in his way).

The Fictory's Atomic Robo project will ultimately be higher profile than this animated short, but American Terror does a good job of showcasing the talent of the company and ensures that Atomic Robo is in good hands.  Watch it (again, it's free), and if you like it be sure to check out the comic, as I plan to do, and support The Fictory in their other endeavors.

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