NZ director Campbell Hooper (who you may recognize as half the directing duo Special Problems with Joel Kefali) contrasts austere black and white fashion portraiture by DOP Autumn Durald with crazed 3D and dense collages in this intricate interpretation of the “Overdose” single by Brooklyn indie pop trio Little Daylight. [Read more]
Nicolas Ménard, a graphic designer from Montreal, moved to London last year to complete an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art where he drew inspiration for this striking short film from his homesickness and the ongoing breakup with the girlfriend he left behind. “When I arrived in London I had this constant, weird [Read more]
Indulge in over two hours of inspiration, insight and behind the scenes features as Stash 102 explodes with 31 more extraordinary animation, VFX and motion design projects complete with creative and production notes, toolkit and links for every project – Plus stills, style frames and exclusive interviews. Try Stash FREE for 30 days. [Read more]
Only 13 days into the kickstarter campaign for their magical light painting kit called Pixelstick, Duncan Frazier and Stephen McGuigan (aka Bitbanger Labs in Brooklyn) have raised over 3.5 times their goal of $110K. The reason for the enthusiasm? Pixelstick yanks light painting forward into new, seriously disruptive, WTF territory [Read more]
Blinkink and Hornet directors Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn worked with former Disney animator Aaron Blaise (The Lion King and Pocahontas) to create the latest landmark holiday heart-warmer for UK department store John Lewis. The two-minute spot, combining classic hand animation with miniature sets, required six months and a reported $1.6M to produce.
The track features the return of Lily Allen covering Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Agency: Adam & Eve DDB.
Best known for his music-driven motion projects including hundreds of abstract eye-candy clips released under Creative Commons and screened at concerts by will.i.am, deadmau5, Skrillex, Tiësto, Amon Tobin and Flying Lotus, Mike Winkelmann (aka Beeple), a graphic designer/animator/director from Appleton, Wisconsin [Read more]
Just yesterday I was thinking how long it had been since we had to label a clip as potentially dangerous for public consumption. Then, bang! – the fine people at Mathematic in Paris dropped this extraordinary MV in my inbox. Directed by French wunderduo Mrzyk & Moriceau for Warp Records, the clip explores misandry with a [Read more]
If you were at the Saatchi&Saatchi New Director showcase in Cannes in 2012 you no doubt were as agape as I was at the opening: a dazzling quadrotor ballet of light and motion. KMel Robotics, the Philadelphia crew behind that spectacle just finished this Lexus spot via agency CHI & Partners.
Working with Rogue Films director Sam Brown and The Mill, the team built custom mini-quadrotors as mischievous beady-eyed characters influenced by the Lexus design aesthetics. Flight patterns for the Vancouver shoot were input from 3D pre-vis co-ordinates supplied by The Mill.
Jorge Montiel, head of animation at The Mill: “Even though most of the shots had been done with real quads in motion, the animation team had to work on animating all the quads, for every shot before hand. The reason behind this was to add personality and character to these little quadrotors which was something Sam wanted from the very beginning of the project. Their movements were choreographed in 3D and then transferred by KMel.
“The huge amount of technical detail was crucial to be able to animate these devices properly without having crashes or strange behaviors. Distance, acceleration, speed and the physics behind the helices were the main parameters we had to keep in mind whilst animating them. The way the quadrotors move is very agile but they also have a lot of limitations, which caused a higher level of difficulty when trying to make them expressive.”
Watch these two behind the scenes clips for more details:
The National Film Board of Canada’s seventh annual Get Animated! program runs to November 30 with a stellar line-up of animated shorts. The must-see highlight of the group has to be “Edmond was a Donkey” by Paris illustrator/director Franck Dion who also wrote and edited the film. A calm and beautifully rendered [Read more]