Austere, enigmatic and whimsical, this new animated CG music video by Michael Fragstein (director/architect and co-founder of the Büro Achter April studio in Stuttgart) reads like a dreamscape full of strange juxtapositions and unexpected constructs. “Happiness Has A Hole – Solo Piano Version” is included [Read more]
Responding to the client brief “Make us the brand people remember for doing that thing,” directors Henry Cowling, Toya Walker, Marcus Punter-Bradshaw and the crew at London agency Man+Hatchet spent three days shooting 2,000 stop-motion stills of 140 naked white people (70 men, 70 woman) in Tallin, Estonia to [Read more]
The last 24 hours before the holidays start is pretty much a write off anyway so might as well just give in and slip into the festive mood with a 3D character charmer from CD/director Ben Steer and the Blue-Zoo crew in London (above), a luminescent cel-animated celebration for giant NY law firm Skadden from the Brooklyn team of Freddy Arenas and Laura Alejo (below) and an homage to HBO’s original 1983 intro in honor of the Network’s 30th anni from Shilo director Anthony Furlong (bottom).
Freddy Arenas and Laura Alejo
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil doesn’t start till June 12 but the hype and nascent insanity is well underway – witness this leggy :60 from Rio de Janeiro’s own 3D directing collective Beeld, initially intended for the LatAm market but now released worldwide. FYI: Picasso Pictures reps Beeld in the US and Europe. [Read more]
Dutch motion house Studio Smack help Greenpeace slam home their message about the alarming rate of disappearing species by removing the animals from the opening sequence of a certain Disney classic. We can’t be certain what the famously litigious studio thinks about this adulteration but I suggest watching it quickly [Read more]
Behold! Three more festive and completely contrasting confections for your pre-holiday bemusement. First up, a live action and 3D fauna mini-masterwork by directors Martin Goodwin, Andy Nicholas and the crew at Rushes in London (above).
Meanwhile, eight time zones away, Vancouver’s master of the minimal and Oscar short-listed animator Eoin Duffy drops “Snowflake” (below).
And finally, back in London, the collective of designers, directors and animators known as The Line unleash a dead-on nightlife character study that doubles as a warning about possible New Year’s Eve vignettes.
Veteran London VFX powerhouse Cinesite just released one of the best spots of the year, an in-house spec designed to showcase their CG creature chops. Based on a concept and artwork by writer/director/animator Alvise Avati and produced by Cinesite’s animation director Eamonn Butler, “Beans” is the studio’s first [Read more]
The annual feast of holiday shorts selected from the Stash inbox begins with the fabulously surreal “Delight 2013″ from Atlanta medical animation masters Vessel Studios (above), a David Bowie retro-fest from Trunk (below) and a behind the scenes look at Santa’s costume obsession by Jens & Anna (bottom). Enjoy!
Jens & Anna