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Freddy Arenas: Modern Love in The New York Times

Brooklyn director/designer/animator Freddy Arenas spins an engaging mix of metaphors and illustrative vignettes into a short animated tale of devotion in the face of adversity for the Modern Love column of the New York Times. Sound design by Jocelyn Gonzales, senior producer: Zena Barakat. [Watch]

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Jeremy Guerrieri: “DROGBA VS MALARIA”

Lord of Barbès director/animator Jeremy Guerrieri and Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba help the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ride World Cup fever to further the fight against malaria.

Drogba narrates the story of his childhood battle against malaria-carrying mosquitos calling attention to the disease still claiming more than half a million lives every year, mostly pregnant women and young children living in sub-Saharan Africa.

Drogba: “I have been a victim of malaria and have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects it has on individuals and families. Luckily I was treated in time and that saved my life. Today we have effective and affordable tools to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria. But we have to work together to make sure everyone has access to them.”

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Passion: Nike “The Last Game”

World Cup hype officially hits full stride with Nike “The Last Game,” an epic five-minute, full-CG branded short by Passion director Jon Saunders and development CD Pete Candeland thru Wieden+Kennedy, Portland. In production for seven months, the film required a peak crew of over 300 including 101 artists and 25 animators. [Watch]

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Justin Leibow and Havas Worldwide for PayPal

Here’s director/designer (and former Superfad co-founder) Justin Leibow on his new trio of feel-good live action/animation spots for PayPal: “The agency, Havas Worldwide, brought me in as the director through Wild Plum. But, also additionally hired me as the CD for the design and post-production handled at their [Watch]

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The Mill + W+K: OSHU “One Down: Make Cancer the Victim”

How good can CG medical animation look? How inspiring can a story about cancer cells be? The Mill and Wieden+Kennedy answer those questions with this Fantastic Voyage-like glimpse at the destruction of chronic myeloid leukemia for Oregon Health & Science University. Robert Sethi, director/CD: “This [Watch]

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Jonas & François: Jack White “Lazaretto”

Newly signed to Division for representation in France and the US, music video mavens Jonas & François team with Paris VFX/animation studio Mathematic for the title track from Jack White’s new solo project called “Lazaretto” releasing June 10th on Columbia. [Watch]

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Gramercy Park and Walter Stern: Betfair “Octopong”

Fast and fun new CG character and VFX work from London’s Gramercy Park Studios (launched in 2013) and Academy director Walter Stern for the repositioning of Betfair, the world’s largest internet betting exchange. GPS handled all post duties from VFX supervision and the CG octopus, thru to grade, sound design [Watch]

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Panop Koonwat “Cupidiculous”

Bangkok native and former TBWA Thailand art director, Panop Koonwat weaves 2D cel and 3D animation techniques into a riveting short for his School of Visual Arts MFA thesis film, wrapping his message about “overpopulation, overconsumption and global warming” into a manic/comic tale starring Adam and Eve and [Watch]

William Armstrong: Adidas “Battlepack”

According to director William Armstrong‘s bio he “grew up in Botswana in the middle of the bush surrounded by crocodiles and snakes” so we’ll assume that’s where the savage intensity of this new Adidas online spot comes from as captured by DP Sebastian Pfaffenbichler and edited with fanatical precision by Andreas Bardet @ Infected. [Watch]

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Anthony Francisco Schepperd: Cody Alan “Heart Like a Rabbit”

This latest music video from AFSchepperd, Philadelphia’s master of mind-melting, hand-drawn animation, weaves his trademark psychotropic spillage into the tragic narrative for Cody Alan’s “Heart Like a Rabbit.” Stash has admired Schepperd’s talent since 2009 when we published Ape School “Wail to God.” [Watch]

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Trollbäck Opens “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” for HBO

Jakob Trollbäck and crew bring a much-needed fresh look to the news parody genre with this crisp and intricate open for HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” topped off with a layer of witty psuedo-Latin labels that Chuck Jones would appreciate. [Watch]

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PSYOP: SAMSUNG GALAXY “THE TRAINING”

Samsung’s massive and cheeky campaign for the Galaxy rolls on with four minutes of wonderfully over-the-top sci-fi fun from Psyop/Smuggler director Laurent Ledru backed by sleek and wall to wall VFX from the Psyop crew. Because of the players’ schedules, they were each shot separately in London, [Watch]

Fan Trailer for New Season of Dr. Who

Many Dr. Who fans (my son included) were underwhelmed by the latest BBC teaser (below) featuring only Peter Capaldi’s silhouette, but VFX artist John Smith was inspired to do something about it: He created this full trailer featuring the 12th doctor and Clara arriving in a dazzling new time and space:

“My aim was to capture the more ‘magical’ side of the show, rather than the dark-and-gritty approach I usually take. I used After Effects, Maya, Mudbox, and Premiere.”

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STK and UNIT “Risk Everything” for Nike

London’s STK and in-house director/editor Chris Boyle deliver three fast and furious 3D cartoon takes for Nike’s “Risk Everything” World Cup campaign with VFX backup from Unit Post – all inside a tight four-week production sched.

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