• Persistent Peril: Diagrams “Phantom Power”

    Brighton animation and illustration studio Persistent Peril kicks up a brisk and bouncy music video for UK band Diagrams about a man who “travels to a secluded clearing in the woods and opens portals to his past in order to reflect on his relationship. In a drunken stupor, he accidentally lets the past bleed though […] [Read more]

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GMUNK, Autofuss, Bot & Dolly: Audi A3 Sportback

Mr. Munkowitz and Bot & Dolly mold the robots-meet-projection-mapping magic they developed for their 2013 triumph “Box” into a sleek series of illusions for Autofuss‘ new Audi A3 Sportback spot thru Verba. As with “Box,” all visuals are accomplished in camera. [Read more]

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Image Engine Brings “Chappie” to Life for Neill Blomkamp

Vancouver’s Image Engine handles the majority of the VFX work in Neill Blomkamp’s new robot-coming-of-age feature called “Chappie” featuring an exceptionally emotive CG hero plus the genius casting choice of the decade: Yo-Landi and Ninja from Die Antwoord as the criminals who abduct him.
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Manyhands, Light Work: NY Times Modern Love

The latest film in the New York Times literate and low key ‘Modern Love’ series launched yesterday: a minimalist swirl of abstracted romance by new Vancouver studio Manyhands based on a narrative by Amy Butcher.

Director Stuart Langfield: “My goal was to tell the story without showing people. Instead the characters are represented through color, shape, movement, and some nasty weather. All of the animation was blocked out in 3D to get the basic movement locked down before rotoscoping began. Then some additional rotoscoping was added to the in-betweens, to smooth out some of the transitions.” [Read more]

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Dougal Wilson and MPC Go the Full Monty for John Lewis

UK retailer John Lewis and their agency adam&eve/DDB London team Blink director Dougal Wilson with the CG creature skills of MPC in an attempt to match the phenomenal success their 2013 holiday spot “The Bear & the Hare” (by Blinkink and Hornet directors Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn). [Read more]

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Bif and Mill+ Open Playgrounds Festival 2014

Fabrice Le Nezet and Jules Janaud (aka Mill+ directing collective Bif) launched the Playgrounds Festival 2014 last week with this title sequence reflecting the organizers’ wish “for something experimental, eclectic and artistic.” [Read more]

LG’s 34-inch Curved IPS UltraWide Monitor

Looks like LG has the design world firmly in its sites with this curved 34-inch 21:9 monitor packing 3440 x 1440 resolution. The company claims the ultra-wide monitor can replace dual monitor set ups and “allows users to view the screen clearly without distortion at virtually any angle.” [Read more]

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Andy Hall and Elastic Pull Strings for Riot’s The Harrowing

A grim puppet master and his ill-fated marionettes provide the backstory for League of Legends “Tales of the Black Mist: The Harrowing” created with careful attention to the character work and obvious delight in the macabre by director Andy Hall, CG super Max Ulichney and the Elastic crew in Santa Monica. [Read more]

Piranha Bar on How Not to Wake Up Dead

I can’t understand a word this gravel-voiced veteran mining canary (Tommy McAnairey) says or sings but the lighting and rendering are impressive and according to Piranha Bar CD Gavin Kelly in Dublin “was a massive undertaking, with each frame ringing in at over five hours of computer time. That’s 5000 hours by the way. Let’s call it 200 days for convenience, even though there’s really nothing convenient about that figure.”

“The feathers were a challenging mix of defined feather structures and 300,000 fine downy hairs which are all fitted carefully around his face.”

Client: Bord Gáis Network
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