BUCK TRIPS THROUGH TV LAND

Buck CD Orion Tait says these four new TV Land IDs are carefully designed to appeal to the network’s 40-something demographic, "we really had to find a hybrid technique. I mean, the channel hinges on time-tested retro media, so the imagery has to reflect that, but these viewers feel just as young and vibrant as […] [Read more]

Kosinski & DD for Halo 3

“Starry Night” is another cinematic spot by Director Joseph Kosinski for Halo 3. Unlike his previous “Gears of War” (all machinima/cg) spot, this is a combination of live-action with the kids, and CG with the Battle scenes. VFX completed at Digital Domain. Full Credits Here [Read more]

THE ORPHANAGE IS AGITATED

San Fran animation and vfx masters the Orphanage rev up a very traditionally structured :30 with some nicely retro-flavored, but vinyl-inspired character design and manic motion (I vote for a director’s cut without the end tag). Agency: Arnold Advertising/NY Director: Genndy Tartakovsky VFX super: Jonathan Rothbart Production: The Orphanage VP/EP: Paul Grimshaw VFX producer: Paul […] [Read more]

HAPPYCENTRO GOES FOR THE GOLD FOR NIKE

Celebrating Fabio Cannavaro’s FIFA Gold Ball success of 2006 (runner-up to Zinedine Zidane), Happycentro bring us this up-beat number for Nike Italy. Agency: Wieden + KennedyProduction company: Happycentro Director: Giuliano Garonzi Production Designer: Mauro Gatti Character Design: Mauro Gatti Head of 3D: Paolo Valietti 3D Team: Paolo Ubiali, Jonas Arturo Santana Post-Production editor: Gigi Tufano […] [Read more]

FRIENDS WITH YOU – WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR

In Florida? Looking for something awesome to do this week?  ArtCenter/South Florida is premiering Scion’s Skywalkers Parade curated by the artist collective FriendsWithYou during Art Basel 2006. The event features a full-scale procession of 18 balloons designed by a select group of prominent and emerging artists will take place along South Beach’s shoreline beginning at […] [Read more]

Bluerock/Spontanouse holiday invite evokes Japanese woodblock art

No paltry jpeg for what promises to be one of Manhattan’s lavish holiday parties – the Bluerock/Spontaneous bash at Buddakan. I’m wondering if they might start a trend in animated invites with their creation of an Asian-themed :30 animated popup that is very cool to watch. The art – featuring the octopus from the Bluerock […] [Read more]

STASH 27 DROPS

The last Stash of 2006 mails this week and it’s a sweet way to end the year, including Jonathan Glazer’s spectacular “Paint” spot for Sony Bravia, the world premier of the freakishly original debut short film “Raymond” from the new UK directing collective called Bif, an expanded and more in-depth behind the scenes section, seven […] [Read more]

SWEDISH POTATOES OVERRUN ALPHAVILLE

These spots for Nordic potato-chips have been picking up nominations at Cannes Lions, Cresta and New York Film Festival and just won some hardware at the Epica Awards. Stockholm animation studio Alphaville wrangled the spud performances with a combination of stop-motion, puppetteering and 3D. The retro end-tag parties are a tad jarring, it might have […] [Read more]