How Sugar Affects The Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Lesson: Nicole Avena • Narration: Michelle Snow • Music: Michael Dow • Animation: STK Films.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep! It’s probably the one single thing we spend the most time doing. Sleeping eight hours a night means that you’d spend literally one third of your life asleep. But most of us are getting less than that, and we probably need more. Sleep is important!

Writer: Aaron Carroll • Graphics: Mark Olsen.

Executive Producer: John Green • Director, Producer: Stan Muller.

Palm Rot

Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That’s just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret.

Direction & Animation: Ryan Gillis • Sound Design: Owen Granich-Young.

Music: Waylon Thornton • Voice Acting: Greg Tonner.

D.A.N. :: Ghana

Video directed & animated by Ryu Okubo • Music: D.A.N. “Ghana”.

You Are Sleeping

“You are sleeping.”

// Tu dors Nicole (2014) /// Animated Image © Tech Noir //


A man with a typewriter-head tries to get rid of his out-of-control thoughts.

A film by Eric Giessmann • Sound design by Simon Kamphans • Music by Robert Wolf.


Horizon is a reconsideration of the concept of the horizion through an array of 1500 panoramic photographs, a video thought of as a infinite trace that encloses Sicily in a photographic itinerary at full speed, allowing the eye of the public to perceive a unique, infinite horizion.

In Horizon two concepts of horizions are established: in the real horizon we see the tangible and limited view, which is overlapped by the imaginary one, a source of innovation and discovery, overcoming limits.

Concept & Animation: Gianluca Scuderi • Illustration: Cristiano Pezzati • Music: Marcus Fischer.

Mygalo 2000 // ABVH

// Animated Image © ABVH /// Original Artwork © Mygalo 2000 //

Cure Violence

Direction: Edgar Ferrer, Without Violence • Concept & Development: Fabio Venturini, Alvaro Salvat.

Animation: Edgar Ferrer • Illustration: Pietari Posti • Music & Sound Design: Maurizio Borgna.

The Death Of Bees Explained: Parasites, Poison & Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly horrifying – some are a direct consequence of human greed. We need to help our small buzzing friends or we will face extremely unpleasant consequences.

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