During the summer of 2016, Paris-based motion design studio Parallel directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are painful to live through and lame to even have to watch.
The three directors quickly realised that there are many other situations that would be fun to see animated, so they opened up a challenge around the idea of the unsatisfactory. Animators can submit videos of up to 10 seconds long that capture a disappointing moment.
The Unsatisfying Challenge has received entries that range from matches blowing out in the wind, to corks breaking in the bottle and ring pulls coming snapping off in your hand. The challenge website is a virtual shrine to unfulfilling things.
Animators can submit their very own unsatisfying videos via the Unsatisfying Challenge website.
Motion design studio Parallel was founded in 2015 by the three directors of Parachutes, and the studio prides itself on an attention to detail. The founders met in graphic design school ESAG-Penninghen, where they spent five years studying the relationships between composition, shapes, typography and colour, and also developed a true sense of rigour in creation.