“‘Substantia’ is a metaphor. It describes a strange universe somewhat like our outer space, inhabited by heart-shaped planets that are constantly exposed to fire meteors speeding around them. There are also mysterious tear-drops that fall through this space. They are rare and few, but once in a while, a planet's path coincides with a tear's, and from the encounter springs life. Thus begins an eternal cycle of life and death...” - Mayec Rancel.(original site: http://www.mayec.eu/substantia/index.html)
The movie initially saw limited action at film festivals because Don Hertzfeldt was embarassed by it. He was also afraid of being pelted with rocks by angry women, until screenings revealed that women usually cheered very loudly for the cartoon girls, and always applauded much louder than the men. A few of the "evil women" in the film are crude caricatures of some of Don's ex-girlfriends - drawn not so much out of bitterness but from running out of different hair styles to think up. (source www.bitterfilms.com)
World BuilderA strange man builds a world using holographic tools for the woman he loves.
This award winning short was created by filmmaker Bruce Branit, widely known as the co-creator of '405'. "World Builder" was shot in a single day followed by about 2 years of post production.