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Polynoid and Woodblock: Greenpeace “New Bees”

“Should we create a new world or save our own?” That’s the question Greenpeace asks in this near-future sci-fi advert called “New Bees” directed by Polynoid and produced and animated at Woodblock in Berlin. From Greenpeace: “If we carry on with chemically intensive agriculture model, it is quite possible we may [Read more]

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Walter Volbers “MITE”

Ten years ago Frankfurt animator Walter Volbers started a personal project called MITE, a one-shot 3.5-minute CG short. A few minutes ago he finally dropped the render-intensive finished film in our inbox (render times ranged up to 3.5 hours per frame). Toolkit: XSI/softimage (RIP), Arnold, Nuke, Mootzoid, Momentum.

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Birds and Comme des Garçons Get Zeitguised

Few people on the planet light up abstract 3D the way Zeitguised do. Like most, the Berlin studio pays the bills with gigs for consumer brands but also supplement their workflow with surreal and playful experiments. The results are most often a combination of wonder and delight, as seen here with “Birds” and recent work [Read more]

The Making of Sylvain Chomet’s Simpson’s Couch Gag

Even if you’re familiar with how traditional hand animation works, this behind the scenes feature put together by the good people at Th1ng in London is worth your time just to meet director/animator and three-time Oscar nominee Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, L’illusionniste, and The Old Lady and the Pigeons). [Read more]

Hili Noy and Shimi Asresay “Strange Fruit”

If you’re familiar with the song “Strange Fruit,” made indelible by Billie Holiday in 1939, you already know the theme of this tense and emotional animated short created by Shimi Asresay and Hili Noy as their graduation film from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

“The story discusses the question of the personal conscience of each of us, versus the education we receive from our families and environment. Can we really insist on our personal belief system, when what we must believe in, is dictated to us? The film presents how easily we acquire fear and hatred of foreigners, as well as how easily we might become the ‘strangers’ and ‘others’ ourselves.” [Read more]

Take The Poo To The Loo

According to UNICEF, every day in India, “620 million Indians are defecating in the open. That’s half the population dumping over 65 million kilos of poo out there every day. If this poo continues to be let loose on us, there will be no escaping the stench of life threatening infections, diseases and epidemics.”

In response, UNICEF launched the www.poo2loo.com campaign with this insanely over-the-top, potty-mouthed animated music video by Studio Eeksaurus in Mumbai as the center piece. The absurdly catchy music was composed by Shrikanth Sriram (Shri) who composed the theme for “Life of Pi”. No word on animation credits yet. [Read more]