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November 23, 2014 11:32 am


Despite its very simple graphic style, this new animation from Identity Visuals is visually stunning, and surprisingly touching. I was immediately engaged with the piece and couldn’t look away, something which I am finding occurs with ever decreasing frequency. Directed by motion designer Zac Dixon and, very importantly, with music from Cody Fry, Solus is a “short story of loneliness, adventure, and self sacrifice”, and a beautiful one at that. Definitely worth 4 minutes of your life.

October 31, 2014 8:31 pm

Rocket poster

Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to work on Guardians of the Galaxy, but I did uprez the comp for this massive poster of Rocket Raccoon which now hangs in the foyer at Framestore. Makes me smile when I walk past it.

October 20, 2014 3:51 pm

hear Paddington’s voice for the first time

Here’s a short featurette on the making of Paddington, Framestore‘s latest big animation film. It’s the first time you get to hear Ben Whishaw as the new voice of Paddington, following Colin Firth leaving the project. I’ve been watching this project develop at Framestore for the last year, and I’m really excited to see the finished thing. I think this featurette makes it look like a lot of fun.

August 17, 2014 5:30 pm

Internet Story

Internet Story, written and directed by Adam Butcher is a quirky documentary that explores the story of an internet treasure hunt and the mysterious end that it came to when one person cracked the code. Although it is let down by some quite poor acting on the part of the treasure seeker, overall it is a well crafted an entertaining story, told in a quite unique and interesting way. I particularly like the bleakness of the ending, and that it doesn’t try to provide a neat answer to the story. Well worth a watch.

January 28, 2013 1:20 pm

The Reward

I love this awesome 2D short from directors Mikkel Mainz Elkjaer and Kenneth Ladekjær as their Bachelor film project at Denmark’s The Animation Workshop. It’s a simple, classic story told in a conscise, engaging way, and the tone and asthetic is very quirky and fun. This is great work from such young artists and I look forward to seeing what else they come up with. And it’s always refreshing to see students embracing more traditional animation styles.

December 10, 2012 10:55 pm

finally – Understand Music

More clean, simple and beautiful motion graphics, this time from German creative studio finally. I love the way that this short is able to visualize music and abstract musical concepts, whilst maintaining a strict, clear aesthetic style throughout. It puts me in mind a little of the way Disney were able to visualize music in Fantasia, back in 1940.

This makes me want to open up After Effects again and work on something a little more abstract and graphical.

December 9, 2012 12:23 pm

When I Grow Up

I don’t have much information about this sweet little animation from Jasmin Lai, other than that it is her 3rd year project from CalArts. But the topic of the film is one that I can very much relate to. The difficulty of deciding what you want to be when you grow up dogged me until my mid-twenties, and to a lesser extent continues even today – every decision for something is a decision against something else, and often those decisions can be very hard to make.

Lai’s film captures this sentiment in a simple, sweet and playful way, and the conclusion is one that we should all take to heart.

September 8, 2012 1:03 pm

old school stereo

In honour of nothing in particular, imgur user thealetent has found a collection of classic Cavenders cigarette card stereoscopic images taken between 1927 and 1931 by  J. Dearden Holmes, and has compiled them in such as way as to make the viewing easy an possible without the need for glasses.

Personally, as someone who is generally enthusiastic about the possibilities of stereoscopic 3D (although often disappointed with its implementation), I find these early examples to be fascinating. Not only do they show how old the technique is, but also demonstrates some of the problems and pitfalls (misalignment, scratches and exposure shifts) which have dogged stereoscopic images in their early days, and which only digital image processing has been able to solve.

The whole collection can be viewed here.

August 27, 2012 10:15 am


More dance mixed with motion graphics. I really love the simplicity of the this one, the clean, simple graphic elements and the clear interactions between them and the dancer create a strong image and a feeling of interplay. And although it looses its way in the last 30 seconds or so, there are some interesting visual motifs and I think its definitely worth a watch.

“Embrace (2012) is a 2D motion graphics work that combines live action video of a dance performance with graphic effects to demonstrate an artist’s journey towards creative ecstasy. By using a visually rich multi-planar space in tandem with three distinct color palettes, Pearsall reveals the difficult and time-consuming creative struggles that are a necessary component of the artistic process.”

From the Vimeo description.

The film was made by Ashley Rae Pearsall on the School of Visual Arts’ Computer Arts program.

July 8, 2012 11:34 am

recursive drawing

I have just been shown this interesting, if somewhat raw, tool for simply creating recursive fractal images. The tool, developed by artist programmer Toby Schachman for his for his ITP thesis project Alternative Programming Interfaces for Alternative Programmers, is an exploration of a potential spatially-oriented user interface design. What this means in real terms is that he has developed a rudimentary program for nesting image objects within themselves, very quickly creating recursive structures, with each layer live and available for editing  at any time.

The application is clearly very raw, without any options for colouring or even exporting images, but the potential for the tool is wide reaching, particularly if picked up by designers and graphic artists. Imagine what you could create if this technology was packaged into Photoshop or Illustrator.

Watch the video below and then check out the tool at