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July, 2010

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July 10, 2010 9:48 pm

ASCENSION

This experimental, particle-based animation by Chris Lavelle was created in Adobe After Effects using Trapcode‘s Particular 2 and Sound Keys plugins. The audio-driven animation features an abstract cycle-of-life narrative.

July 9, 2010 10:17 pm

Cinematic Orchestra – Lilac Wine

In celebration of Dr. Martens’ 50th anniversary, Bl:nd has produced this aesthetically striking video for Cinematic Orchestra’s new rendition of Lilac Wine, first made popular in the early 90s by Jeff Buckley.

Director Vanessa Marzaroli says:
"The idea for the video came to me right away. The music is moving and it really felt like some sort of a lover’s letter or testimonial to me. With that said, I wanted something that was hand written and full of beautiful flourishes. I’m very fond of typography and calligraphy, so through my research, I found Spencerian penmanship to be quite inspirational.
I actually have a much deeper connection with animation. In my heart, I treat each project like a piece of music. This worked well for “Lilac Wine”, and we really took the opportunity to do something that was compelling to us, something we’d love to create."
     from motionographer.com


10:15 pm

inside Pixar

A very interesting, if rather long, interview with Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, at the Economist Event in March 2010. The interview covers the structure and leadership system at Pixar, as well as the internal review system, and what sucess and failure mean for Pixar.
Interview by Martin Giles.

July 7, 2010 9:04 pm

BLU – BIG BANG BIG BOOM

The amazing BLU, creator of the sensational MUTO graffiti animation is back with a new piece, reportedly shot over 3 months in locations across the world, including Bologna, Rome, Senigallia, Modena, Reggio Emilia, New York, Caracas and Buenos Aires. BLU describes it as "an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end."
direction and animation by BLU
production and distribution by ARTSH.it
soundtrack by ANDREA MARTIGNONI

July 6, 2010 9:27 pm

The Blackheart Gang – The Tale of How

I’ve just been reminded of this incredible animation from 2006 by The Blackheart Gang.This short film, produced in nine months of part time work as a labour of love, is the 2nd part of a trilogy known as the Dodo Trilogy. Eventually, the first and third parts, The Tale of Then and The Tale of When, will be completed, and the Dodo Trilogy will fit into a larger work called The Household.

There is a fascinating making of, and more information about The Household on the Blackheart Gang Website.

July 4, 2010 9:38 pm

Amnesty International – Death to the Death Penalty

Inspired by Amnesty Intenational’s lit candle logo, this CG-based spot features wax executioners melting away. Created by the French Digital Arts company Pleix.

“Creating the texture of wax was relatively easy to render compared to simulating realistic deformations of wax,” says Pleix. “CG software is great when you are making quick water splashes, but they were unusable to melt things very slowly. So we had to find many tricks to make it work, especially with the melting being the highlight of this project. We also did a number of facial scans which enabled us to create extra details on the faces. It was a challenge to the very end. ”
     – from Motionographer.com

July 3, 2010 9:50 pm

Unkrich Talks Toy Story Trilogy

Interview with Pixar’s Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, in which he disucsses 15 years of the Toy Story franchise, and how they are bringing it to a close.

9:43 pm

macro kingdom II

A macro universe, combining sunning macro photography with intelligent sound design.
A film by Austria multimedia arts student Clemens Wirth.
Sound by
Florian Rinnerthaler.

July 2, 2010 10:02 pm

Patrick Boivin

I’ve just discovered Patrick Boivin, a stop-motion artist who does really great work. High quality and creative.
Check these out:

AT-AT day afternoon

Jackson vs Bean

More of Patrick Boivin’s work can be found on his Vimeo page

July 1, 2010 10:06 pm

introduction

To coincide with the relaunch of my website, I have decided to start a blog in which I will post updates on my progress as a post-production artist. I will also include interesting videos and other random cool things which I come across.
To start with, here are a couple of my long-time favourite videos:

Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance

– a beautiful stop-motion animated music video for Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie

Reminiscence

– one of my favourite juggling/performance videos, a rotoscoped animation by Morgan Beringer featuring a great quality of movement from some well known object manipulators.

More videos to come soon…