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Iamstatic and Topix Open FITC Toronto

FITC Toronto launched its lucky 13th edition last weekend with this visceral title sequence directed by local talent Ron Gervais and David Greene (Iamstatic) working with the animation and VFX crew from Topix. [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]

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RUFFMERCY Crowns Lily Allen “Sheezus”

Animator/director Russ Murphy re-teams with fellow Bristolian talent Patch Keys to push their signature, hand-crafted-frame-by-frame style into the mainstream with this treatment for the title track of Lily Allen’s Sheezus album wherein she invokes all her pop-diva rivals. [Read more]

Dvein + Physalia Show Their “Colors” for Converse

Dvein continue their explorations outside the 3D playground teaming with fellow-Barcelonians Physalia for the first in a series of IDs for the new Converse ‘Colors’ campaign thru Blacklist for Anomaly, “Together we developed machines that bring color to the sneakers in a quite unorthodox way.” [Read more]

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FIELD: The Fusion of Math, Beauty and Narrative

London’s FIELD studio wrings beauty and engagement from cold computer code to create what co-founders Marcus Wendt and Vera-Maria Glahn call “expressive and dynamic artworks for digital platforms” for galleries, festivals, public installations and mobile. Case in point: Energy Flow, a free non-linear film app for [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]

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Al-Mukhtasar Broadcast Package by Infofillers

Dubai studio Infofillers combines an earthy pallet with old and new Middle Eastern motifs for the broadcast packaging of a local TV show called Al-Mukhtasar. Co-director Firas Ershead: “Since it’s a talk show, covering different topics, from culture to sports, tech, etc., the presenters are the heroes. So we developed [Read more]

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TAVO and Crowd for ADC Awards 2014

Tavo Studio (Madrid) and Crowd Studio (Barcelona/London) open the three days of the ADC’s recent awards event in Miami with these lovingly rendered CG sur-realities where “three types of different materials metaphorically represent the transformation of raw material into something more polished, as do art [Read more]

Glass Fin: Coca Cola Collector Fair 2014

You don’t have to be a Coke geek to appreciate this frenetic and vibrant work for the 4th Annual Malaysian Coca Cola Collector Fair by local design/animation/VFX house Glass Fin featuring bottles from 1899 to 2007: “We decided to give it a Malaysian theme which can be distinguished in its patterns. We have [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]

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Happy Easter from Steve, Sunny and MPC

The MPC NY crew flex their character design, animation and slapstick narrative muscles with an Easter confection written and directed in-house by Bill Dorais and Ty Coyle. “Enjoy the Sweets” blends traditional stop-motion techniques and CG into 3,000 frames of sweet-toothy feel-goodness. Lead animator Grae Revell: [Read more]

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Framestore: Robinsons SQUASH’D “Zero Gravity”

Framestore CD/director Mike McGee leads an intrepid crew into weightlessness aboard a Go ZeroG plane to, well… flavor some water with Robinsons SQUASH’D thru Iris Worldwide.

McGee: “When we were inside the ‘vomit comet’ things got out of control pretty quickly: bits of our equipment floated away, cables floated up in front of the camera, cameras pointed in the wrong direction and the crew spun around uncontrollably feeling nauseous.”

“We had a team of eight up on the plane with a Go Pro camera each and two high-speed cameras shooting at 2K to allow us to slow down and zoom in on the all-important mixing shot. With only 12 takes to get everything we needed and only 15 seconds of weightlessness at a time, it was a formidable task.”

McGee: “When we were inside the ‘vomit comet’ things got out of control pretty quickly: bits of our equipment floated away, cables floated up in front of the camera, cameras pointed in the wrong direction and the crew spun around uncontrollably feeling nauseous.”

“We had a team of eight up on the plane with a Go Pro camera each and two high-speed cameras shooting at 2K to allow us to slow down and zoom in on the all-important mixing shot. With only 12 takes to get everything we needed and only 15 seconds of weightlessness at a time, it was a formidable task.” [Read more]