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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.

November 22, 2014 10:13 am


Well, this is something a bit different. French artist Julien Maire has created an animated short, in which each frame of the animation is a 3d printed model:

“Relief is a reel of film that’s not actually film at all. It’s a long, looped strip of miniature figurines, 3-D printed out of translucent resin. Each one looks a little like a toy soldier, but instead of guns and grenades, each of the 85 statuettes shows a different posture of a man, shoveling dirt in and out of a hole in the ground. The strip of figurines is attached to a projector, which shines light through the figures.”

from Wired Magazine

Maire produced the piece while on a residency at the Brussels iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology. It is an interesting idea, and one that, to me, really seems to bring home the idea of the craft that animation is – the labor intensive work that goes in to making a piece of animation. This is an idea which is easy to forget with the highly polished CG work we see from Pixar and Dreamworks, and it’s nice to see someone doing something different with the form.

November 6, 2014 10:19 am

army of Paddingtons

An army of Paddington Bear statues has been set loose upon London. There are 50, custom painted statues designed by a range of celebrities and companies including Boris Johnson, IntelPeter Capaldi and The Telegraph. They have been dispersed around London as part of the promotion for the upcoming Paddington Movie, on which Framestore has been working for the past year. The Paddington Trail runs from 4th November – 30th December, and you can find them all on the Paddington Trail website. More info about the campaign at Time Out.

I’m excited for the Paddington movie. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Here is the latest trailer:

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.

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.

May 6, 2012 9:49 am


This beautiful, if dark and very violent, animation is definitely worth a watch. It’s an anime-style Star Wars homage taking place on an underground train, directed by SeanSoong. And it certainly will make me more conscious of giving up my seat so someone more in need of it next time I am riding the subway.