Scott Benson: Orange “The Flower”

Valentine’s Day is behind us but the message of this spot for telecom giant Orange still rings true. Adapted from an African fairy tale by Troublemakers director Scott Benson for French agency Marcel with music and sound by Chris Canavaggio and Sean Henry. [Watch]

Behind the Scenes with Leviathan at FITC Amsterdam

Chicago’s Leviathan set the tone for FITC Amsterdam 2014 with an intense and dramatic micro/macro exploration of a painter’s material world all shot with cameras and motion control rigs custom-built for the project.

Leviathan CD Bradon Webb, “We designed the narrative by building an uplifting experience of expanding possibilities for the audience. We discussed the artistic process and how ideas can emerge, for example, from within tiny drops. Our research led us to a great inspirational story about getting out there and following your passion, and that’s what we set out to tell.”

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Noah Harris: Julio Bashmore “Peppermint”

Blink Ink director Noah Harris and crew craft a frenetic and riveting fusion of 3D-printed stop-motion elements and 2D animation for Bristol producer Julio Bashmore’s “Peppermint,” proving once again that killer visuals can rescue mind-numbing dance tracks. Lead stop-motion animator was Andy Biddle, and post credits [Watch]

Welcome To Giant Ant’s Neighbourhood

Celebrating the local characters of their downtown Vancouver neighbourhood, Giant Ant created this endearing short during the first of their hack days. According to Giant Ant, “two days dedicated to making something amazing and stupendous”. In addition to this project, the team also constructed a bike rack and drink [Watch]

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Modern Love and The New York Times

An tale of unexpected love and how opposites attract told with illustrative poise by Brooklyn freelance animator/designer Joe Donaldson (who counts Digital Kitchen, The Mill and Buck among his clients) for The New York Times and their Modern Love column. “Typically, I work in the world of advertising and motion [Watch]

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Is this the World’s Most Beautiful Toilet Paper Spot?

To some heathens bum-wipe will always be bum-wipe. But the all-Munich team of 3D/VFX house Ignyte and post house Velvet attempt to prove otherwise in this 60-second CG ode to abstracted bathroom hygene set to a delicate cover of The Pixies’ “Where is my Mind” by Sunday Girl. Shame about the way-to-earnest voice over tho. [Watch]

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Floris+Menno+Mystery+Surrealism = Shortcutz

Amsterdam creative duo Floris Vos and Menno Fokma continue their exploration of CG and live action with these elegant/eccentric black and white category opens for the local Shortcutz film awards, “We created 11 idents in a period of only four weeks so we decided to keep it simple. We came up with a list of metaphors for [Watch]

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Kris Mercado: The Griswolds “Red Tuxedo”

Rush back thru a stream of pop culture as NY director Kris Mercado tackles his “more awkward years” chasing the visuals for “Red Tuxedo” for Aussie pop-rockers The Griswolds. [Watch]

Eoin Duffy Hates Valentines Day

Hot on the heels of his Oscar-shortlisted film “The Missing Scarf” with George Takei, Eoin Duffy reveals his obvious issues with hot girlfriends and the destruction they’re capable of in this heart-wrenching and minimalist tale of serial arson. [Watch]

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Happy V-Day from Supinfocom Arles: “A la Française”

Hot off its tremendous festival run, “A la Française” seems like the perfect post for Valentines day: first because the animated short was created in France where romance was apparently invented, second it features a clandestine poultry hookup, and third it will put a smile on your face even if you’re very single. [Watch]

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Lumbre TYC “SPORTIA 2014” Rebrand

Buenos Aires motion powerhouse Lumbre continues to grab the attention of clients and awards judges with their obsessively detailed 3D broadcast design work. The latest evidence: New animated packaging for TyC Sports’ flagship news program Sportia, “The full rebrand weighs in at over 50 pieces including [Watch]

Quick Flix Trip with Pier Paolo’s “Cinematics”

Here’s a light and snappy confection to warm your chilly Thursday: Brazilian AD and motion man Pier Paolo expands on Antonio Vicentini’s “Camera Collection” to travel a timeline of classic films complete with the reworked music themes by Marcelo Baldin and a serving of Aphex Twin’s “Donkey Rhubarb.” Paulo is [Watch]

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weareseventeen Launch TV6

London creative force weareseventeen take the camouflage-the-logo approach to these three animated CG tags for new Norwegian general entertainment and lifestyle channel TV6 – hitting the core programming categories of Food, Glamour and Architecture. “As this logo was new to viewers our main challenge was to [Watch]