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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We don’t often cover short films for over a year in advance, but Ruairi Robinson made the great short The Silent City and was attached to the live-action Akira remake, so when concept video cropped up for a new film of his in late 2009, we noticed. That film turns out to be the short Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a kid whose family has some problems. He gets the latest robot family helper, Blinky, for Chrismas, but that doesn’t solve all his issues. In fact, it doesn’t solve any of them. The full short is after the break. Read More »

A year ago we posted a concept video for a project called Bad Robot. The footage had an odd robot, sort of R2D2 by way of Pixar, dancing around for a few seconds. The director was Ruairi Robinson, who made the good short film The Silent City, embedded in the concept video link above, and was once attached to the live-action Akira.

Bad Robot hasn’t been heard from in a year. But there’s been a film called Blinky on Mr. Robinson’s IMDB page for some time. Turns out the two are one and the same. (No surprise on the name change, given that ‘bad robot’ is fully in use by JJ Abrams.) Now there’s a teaser trailer for Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a boy whose robot best friend might not turn out to be 100% safe. This might turn out to be a fun film – check out the footage after the break. Read More »