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Dyrdee Opens the Festival of Animation Berlin 2023 with Punk-Flavored Fun

The crew at Berlin design and animation studio dyrdee set the tone for screenings at the 2023 edition of their hometown animation festival with a fun mix of ambient Barbie aesthetics and neo-punk attitude. [Watch]

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Studio AKA Get “Blown Away” for Admiral Insurance

Director Steve Small and the animation crew at Studio AKA in London showcase their talents for understated wit and comedic timing in this 30-second charmer full of wonderful character quirks for UK insurance company Admiral. [Watch]

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Pictoplasma Character Design Conference Returns to New York 
October 26/27

The one and only Pictoplasma, aka the creative center of the character design universe, returns to New York for its ninth NYC edition this fall, taking over the SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street – October 26 and 27th. [Watch]

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Ilya Abulkhanov and The Mill Drop “Destiny 2: The Final Shape” Reveal Trailer

Mill+ director Ilya Abulkhanov, whose previous Destiny 2 trailer graced the cover of Stash 149, leads an international army of animation and VFX talent at The Mill for “the last expedition of Destiny’s first saga”. [Watch]

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Wes Cockx is “Visualizing AI” for Google’s DeepMind

The latest visual experiments by veteran design director Wes Cockx find the Brooklyn-based CG artist applying his signature mix of abstract realism and bold/playful colors to the task of “Visualizing AI” for Google’s DeepMind. [Watch]

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Harrison Vincent Searches for Purpose in Short Film “Awake”

Denver director/animator Harrison Vincent examines themes of identity, routine, and consciousness in his latest passion project, a CG short film he describes as “a sweeping Western epic with a touch of science fiction”. [Watch]

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MixCode Take Flight for the 2023 Taichung International Animation Film Festival

Director Evan Chiu at MixCode in Taipei: “The 2023 Taichung International Animation Film Festival presents the work of creators from Taiwan and worldwide with ‘Between Light and Shadow’ as the curatorial theme. [Watch]

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Aleksandr Smirnov Immerses You in Style for Samsung’s HMD Odyssey+ VR Headset

In this spec spot, director/CG artist Aleksandr Smirnov and the CG crew at The Ciners in London conjure an atmosphere of intrigue and envy by framing Samsung’s HMD Odyssey+ VR headset as an uber-fashionable must-have. [Watch]

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Giant Ant Delivers an Adorable Message “To My Hooman” for Rover

Narrated by Rooster the dog, this quirky/adorable brand film animated by Vancouver storytellers Giant Ant anchors a surprisingly emotional new campaign from Seattle agency Little Hands of Stone (LHoS) for pet care platform Rover. [Watch]

Laundry Searches for Real Milk in a Sea of Imitators

With a flurry of animation styles (including 3D, 2D, cel, 8-bit, and photo-real CG) the Laundry crew pokes gentle fun at the ever-expanding torrent of milk imitators in the latest Got Milk? spot for the California Milk Processor Board. [Watch]

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In the Swing With The Mill and The Sacred Egg for Topgolf

The Mill rallies a massive team of VFX artists to replace 418 live-action heads with CG golf gloves in this swinging party helmed by Riff Raff Films’ directing duo The Sacred Egg for Topgolf and their electronic driving range game venues. [Watch]

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Omer Hirsch Urges You to “Save Your Work” in New Short Film

Omer Hirsch, 3D motion designer in Toronto: “This is a personal project which reflects the most frustrating pain point of every creative process: working like crazy while time flies by, only to have a crash and realize you can’t remember the last time you hit Ctrl+s.” [Watch]

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We Are Royale Release the Hounds in New League of Legends Naafiri Cinematic

ECD Loren Judah and the design/animation team at We Are Royale (WAR) in LA stir 3D, cel, 2.5D, and machine learning into a two-minute maelstrom/origin story for the release of Naafiri, the latest League of Legends playable champion. [Watch]

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Åsa Lucander Imagines “There’s a Big Bad Wolf” Close By for BBC’s Blue Peter

Aardman director Åsa Lucander, whose warm and approachable animation styles are on full display here and here, reteams with BBC’s venerable kids’ show Blue Peter, for a new short film about the power of childhood imagination. [Watch]