I think I have just seen what may be the best short film I have ever seen. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello is an example of the art of filmmaking distilled to it's purest form. Not a single word or frame out of place. I was spellbound for it's entire duration (well, all 25 minutes of it anyway).
The film follows the travels of one Jasper Morello, an aerial navigator living in some Victorian "steam punk" society of islands floating in the air and ships that glide through the aether. Jasper is given a final chance after making an error in his previous voyage which lead to the death of a crewmate... against this is the backdrop of a city's populace being decimated by a mysterious plage.. Jasper reluctantly leaves his wife behind and accepts the chance of redemption....
The animation and design of this film is breathtaking. The muted pallete of blacks, greys and occasional reds perfectly suit the atmosphere.. the intricate designs of the city and flying ships left me wishing to step through the film frame-by-frame.
The story, the sound and course the voice acting (Joel Edgerton as Jasper, who narrates the piece) is just perfect.
Go get the DVD. Watch it. That's all I can say. Except maybe that Anthony Lucas (director) and Mark Shirrefs (writer) are absoute genuises.