Smith & Foulkes: TalkTalk “The Mission”

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The first of four new TalkTalk ads thru Chi&Partners finds Nexus directors Smith & Foulkes applying their signature charm and wit to unlikely 3D heroes on an epic mission.

Smith & Foulkes: “The initial idea for this spot started as a mantra shouted by a crew of household objects demanding better and cheaper TV.

“But the challenge was not just about incorporating the emotional connection seen in previous TalkTalk spots into the script, but also about providing pure cinematic entertainment – so we took a slightly different approach, using the cinematic potential of a group of friends setting out on an epic quest to find a house with TalkTalk TV.

“This gave us the comic scope to show our heroic group’s most over-dramatic adventures in a quiet corner of suburbia.” [Read more]

Kuntzel+Deygas: Renault Twingo

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This extended two-minute 3D animated clip for Renault’s diminutive rear-engine Twingo called “Go Anywhere, Go Everywhere” shows off the signature playfulness of the directors, French visual artists Kuntzel+Deygas who you may remember as the talent behind the stand out “Catch Me If You Can” opening title sequence from way back in 2003.

Produced by Kuntzel+Deygas’ Paris prodco called Add a Dog for Publicis Conseil Paris with music by Beck. [Read more]

Elastic and Antibody: MTV Video Music Awards 2014

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At first glance, Patrick Clair‘s tasteful, minimalist and dark aesthetic seems a strange design choice for programming as crass and loud as the MTV Video Music Awards, but the contrast between packaging and content is just what this show needed to keep it from spiraling into a rabbit hole of hubris and inanity.

The title’s circular forms extended into the show content as they “exploded into vibrant, crazy generative turbines of color, form and movement – each a unique sculptural signature of the video they represent.”

Antibody and Elastic handled the design for the show’s branding and broadcast design. [Read more]

“Charting Culture” Infographic

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If you appreciate the power of data-driven animation you’ll love this new view of history tracking the births and deaths of 120,000 people from 600 BC to the present day: “using them as a proxy for skills and ideas, the map reveals intellectual hotspots and tracks how empires rise and crumble.” [Read more]

Andy Thomas: “Nightingale and Canary”

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When Melbourne digital artist Andy Thomas pushes beyond his insanely intricate print work into motion, he creates what he calls “audio life forms” – complex and unexpected particle-driven 3D abstractions reacting to sound.

In this latest piece called “Nightingale and Canary,” he visualizes bird call recordings found in the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum.

Thomas’ toolkit includes 3ds Max, Realflow, Quantum force, Fume fx, Krakatoa, Frost, Phoenix fd, V-ray, After Effects, Photoshop and Zbrush. [Read more]

Dyrdee: The Four Seasons of Nickelodeon

Dyrdee in Berlin just dropped us the full version of their fresh, fun and fluid animated Seasonal Art Idents for Nickelodeon (above) which they hinted at in their recent Nick rebrand montage (below).

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