Last year saw the debut of The Viewfinder List, which aims to do for aspiring filmmakers what The Black List does for screenwriters. Compiled from a poll of “studio executives, producers, and creatives,” The Viewfinder List reflects the most-liked shorts, commercials, and/or music videos of the year. The inaugural list in 2010 included such up-and-comers as Patrick Jean, whose Pixels is due out in 2013, 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, and, um, Alejandro González Iñárritu.

This year’s list has Dan Trachtenberg‘s Portal: No Escape on top, along with a few other videos you may recognize if you’ve been paying attention to /Film for the past year. Or even if you haven’t — that adorable Super Bowl Volkswagen ad with the little Darth Vader kid also made the cut, as did Chris Marrs Piliero‘s video for The Black Keys. Check out the full 2011 Viewfinder List — with video! — after the jump.

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/Film reader Courtney M pointed us to this striking music video for Ben Lovett‘s “Eye of the Storm.” Against a melancholy acoustic tune, a solitary pilot wanders through his steampunk airship, tossing out remnants of his old life in order to begin anew. It looks like something out of Sin City, or an anime series. And yes, a storm is involved at one point.

Even more interesting than the video itself, however, are the behind-the-scenes footage and VFX progression reel that were posted by Soapbox Films. Check it all out after the jump.

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