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Robin vs Pigeon: The Glassworks Christmas Card

A smile-worthy and sly comment on the have and have not nature of Christmas (and life in general) From the Amsterdam, Barcelona and London studios of Glassworks who celebrate 20 years of VFX mastery in 2015. [Read more]

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Best of Stash 2014 Preview #2: Platige Image “Vikings”

A riveting tour de force of broadcast promotion from director Tomek Baginski and the crew at Platige Image in Warsaw, Poland for History Channel. Tomek Baginski: “We were working with the client for a long time before we even started planning the shoot. [Read more]

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Best of Stash 2014 Preview #1: Greenpeace “New Bees”

The Best of Stash 2014 Collection releases in full on Dec 31 but here’s an early taste: A brilliant near-future sci-fi online ad for Greenpeace published in Stash 105 called “New Bees” directed by Polynoid and produced and animated at Woodblock in Berlin. [Read more]

Framestore: Project X Case Study

Witness the behind-the-scenes tension and ultimate victory as Framestore takes on their biggest project to date pulling in every department in every Framestore location worldwide.

“Project X has been under wraps for months and required the full might of the Framestore renderfarm. It is easily our most realistic and immersive creation. It is so complex that if the project was to be rendered on a single laptop it would need to have been started approximately 2014 years ago, on the first ever Christmas Day.” [Read more]

Inky Drama for Netflix Marco Polo Titles

Mill+ co-directors Ben Smith and Bryce Wymer hit themes of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry in the title sequence for the new Netflix original “Marco Polo” written by John Fusco and produced by The Weinstein Group.

“Bryce developed a technique to capture the images being ‘invisibly painted’ using an overhead projector and meticulously hand-painting the images onto a dense paper stock that allowed the water to sit on the surface of the paper.

“Sumi ink (ink formulated for sumi painting and calligraphy) was then dripped onto the invisible water paintings, spreading beautifully throughout the entire image. This was captured through high-speed photography to create an elegant, monotone image, confined to the waters edges.”

Compare and contrast: Here’s a smaller scale ink-in-water treatment from 2011 called “Dirty Water” from hush.fr director/illustrator Clément Beauvais For BDDP Unlimited:

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Making-of COMODO’s Christmas Zoetropes for TVE

Fun behind the scenes look at the three zoetropes Barcelona’s COMODO built from scratch over the course of two months from thousands of hand-cut pieces of paper for Spanish broadcaster TVE.

“Based on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Three Kings, each ident is infused with that special nostalgia of long-ago cinema techniques. The zoetropes were lovingly made with elements that remind us of the past: paper, record players for the spinning bases, lighting and animation techniques.

“Nothing was added in post-production or faked. It’s nice to get away from our screens once in a while and work with our hands.”

Watch the final IDs:

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Vessel Studios Wishes You Whimsical Holidays

Vessel Studios in Atlanta turn their talent for highly detailed, accurate and often beautiful medical animation to the lighter task of creating a refreshingly unusual CG holiday greeting called “Whimsical Wishes.” [Read more]

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Birds of a Feather: ASUS T100 and Fulton Lights

Minivegas‘ fun new ASUS clip featuring working stiff birds of all types extends an idea explored by UK director Ninian Doff back in 2011 for his no-budget Fulton Lights “Staring Out of The Window” music video starring a Rat Pack of crows.

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