August 22, 2017

Isokivi

Made By Varun NAIR, Lesego VORSTER, Kaisa PIRTTINEN.

August 15, 2017

TIE Fighter (Remastered) - Star Wars Anime Short Film



This guy took this amazing animated video from Paul Johnson's fan film / passion project and remastered the sound with crisp SFX from 'Star Wars: Battlefront' and music from 'Star Wars: Rogue One'.

August 11, 2017

'Jueles are you the right man' - Serengeti



Directed by Jonathan Djob Nkondo
Animation by Vic Chhun & Caleb Wood

August 08, 2017

Duck Tales - New Show Intro



Creative director: Ingi Erlingsson
Art director: Ewen Stenhouse
Producer: Ant Baena
Additional Design: Marie Ecarlat
2D Animation: Marléne Beaube, Yino Huan, Tim Whiting, Benjy Brooke, Maxime Delalande, Bishoy Gendi, Thomas Eide, Inbal Breda, Alessandra Sorrentino
2D Animation Clean up: Yino Huan, Alessandra Sorrentino, Clementine Gaultier
Additional 2D clean up by Amix Film Studio
3D Animation: Henry Purrington, Thomas Purrington, David Calvet
Compositing: Thomas Purrington, Mike Tyler

August 06, 2017

Love is Dangerous

Made by Jong-ha YOON, Juliana de LUCCA, and Basil MALEK

July 30, 2017

FREE AF | Canada 150th by Anik Rosenblum

An animated song that celebrates diversity in Canada for its 150th birthday.

July 27, 2017

One Way To Deconstruct 'There Will Be Blood'

Supernaive - Opal Waltz



Director: Vincent Tsui
Colorscript: Débora Cheyenne Cruchon
Animation: Valentin Stoll, Éva Lusbaronian, Johan Ravit, Pierre Pinon, Hugues Opter, Caroline Cherrier, Hugo De Faucompret, Arnaud Tribout

July 25, 2017

Trunk’s Rok Predin creates homage to Sunday morning cartoons!



Trunk’s director Rok Predin has created a brilliant and delightful new short, ‘Pok’, to honour those halcyon days of watching Sunday morning cartoons whilst still in your pyjamas! Discussing the short Rok notes “This is a homage to the types of cartoons we used to watch growing up in the 80s. Everything in this piece from character and layout design, to the music and sound effects was aimed to evoke that distinct feeling of watching your favorite animated shows whilst eating your breakfast.”

Growing up in Slovenia Rok had access to a plethora of European cartoons such as Bojan the Bear, Lolek and Bolek, Mole, Sport Billy and Professor Balthazar. Some of these cartoons often had odd durations and were normally silent or with minimal vocalization, such as with professor Balthazar where the action was communicated by the music alone. ‘Pok’ really captures the spirit and passion those cartoons had, yet plays to a contemporary audience. Indeed Rok has a perfect critic in his young daughter, who inspired him to create ‘Pok’ after he saw how she, like him, loved watching the old cartoons.

Beautifully graded and composited to look like a well watched VHS tape, the short certainly invokes a 1980s vibe. Barnaby Templer at Fonic has created the perfect sound design to provide Sebastian Duh’s score with the right ambiance. The combination of a wonderful repetitive score and that tinny electronic sound evoke those classic video games, which again helps to ground you in a bygone era. The animation was all created using After Effects and has a distinctly cut-out feel that looks hand made. The limitations created by this style of animation ensured the shorts were inventive and full of imaginative leaps to complete the story arcs. Silent and physical the shorts are bursting with that classic brand of humour and stand up to multiple viewing. Rok notes “We’re hoping to develop it further and create more episodes, releasing it online as a web series. Any sponsors are welcome!“

Something that producer Richard Barnett is also keen to do. “The shorts have so much scope, ‘Pok’ is such a great character and has endless potential for those classic simple set ups and fun pay offs, it would be great to find some support for them.”

To watch the video follow this link:- https://vimeo.com/226193351

Credits:
Director - Rok Predin
Composer - Sebastian Duh
Sound Design - Barnaby Templer @ Fonic
Producer - Richard Barnett

July 24, 2017

July 18, 2017

'The Chosen Generation' by Ariel Victor


An invite to hop on a bus and skip town is broadcasted to a number of youngsters living in an abandoned city. The teens, however, are hugely occupied by their love of technology and Internet habits and have been living deep in solitary with their own gadgets. With only a little time, the teens had to struggle against their ever-growing tech-addiction in responding to the call before the departure.

Back to the Future: A Lesson in Storytelling

July 13, 2017

‘Toonami – Exquisite Corpse’ by Simón Wilches-Castro



Director: Simón Wilches-Castro
Music: “Let’s Fight” by Amon Tobin
VFX Supervisor: Michael Kuehn
Animation Director: Alex Tysowsky
Animation: Keith Sizemore
2D effects: Edward Artinian, Simón Wilches-Castro
Digital Compositing: Colin Fleming
CG Sequences: Hinge Digital
With animation from: Henrique Barone, Sean Buckelew, Jesse James Dean, Ryan Gillis, Miguel Jiron, Alicja Jasina, Sean Glaze, David Reilly, Yawen Zheng, Katie Tamboer, Louis Morton, Edward Artinian, Kris Merc, Brian Smee, Grace Mi, Katrina Ruzics, Joe Bennett, Quique Rivera, Einar Baldvin, Peter Millard, Jeanette Bonds, Shoko Hara, Grace Nayoon Rhee, Lee Hardcastle, Robertino Zambrano, Alex Grigg, Guilherme Marcondes, Simon Wilches-Castro.

'Symbiose' by Rosalie Benevello

July 06, 2017

Primavera Sound James Rhodes



Pianist James Rhodes shares his favourite music memory in this lovely animated portrait by Barcelona-based studio Bungalow for Primavera Sound 2017.

Directed by: Bungalow
Original Idea: Joan Pons
Creative Director: Alex Julià
Illustration & Art Direction: Bungalow
Character Animation: Bungalow, Khris Cembe & Aim Studio
3D animation & Motion graphics: Bungalow
3D modeling: Bungalow & Xavier Torroella
Music and Sound Design: Nil Ciuró
Narrated by: James Rhodes
Commissioned by: Primavera Sound
Production Co: Igloo Films

June 21, 2017

Le Grand Mechant Renard

The film is out today!!!

Ninja of Die Antwoord tells epic story animated by Julien JDM from Bounty Banana



Ninja tells of a day spent playing basketball with Kanye West and Drake while the atmosphere was very tense between the Canadian rapper and Die Antwoord on a previous tour... And while Ninja believes to make a simple friendly match, he realizes that he is actually invited to the Kanye vs. Drake clash.

Production: Vast Be Mess
Animation by Julien Jourdain de Muizon
Animation Producers: Sebastien Guitton, Samson Briand and Steven Briand
Animation assistant: Steven Briand
Storyboard, Layout, VFX and Compositing: Studio Kippik
Action Animator: Etienne Guignard
2D Animator: Dorian-Niels Leclair
After Effects: Hugo Louiset

The Golden Apple



The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-golden-apple-animated-series-pilot-episode- fantasy-animation#/


The Golden Apple Facebook page: https://www.fb.com/goldenappleseries/

Official website of the series: http://goldenappleseries.com/

The team behind The Golden Apple animated series is inviting their fans to peek behind the scenes of the production. Its creator and art director Dimitar Petrov is sharing secrets from Studio Zmei in a 10-minute video blog. He demonstrates all the different stages of the project – from the character design to developing special software to create Kuker magic based on traditional Bulgarian embroidery. This way, animation fans can get to know what an idea goes through before it becomes an animated film:



The video is aimed at all fans who are following the project, as well as at everyone interested in animation. Anyone who directly supports the crowdfunding campaign for a pilot episode will get access to more of these monthly vlogs documenting the stages that The Golden Apple goes through before reaching the screen.
“The goal is to show our accountability to the people who have helped us make the episode,” says Petrov. The idea is to get the project’s followers as involved as possible in the creative process. The Golden Apple team is also trying to show their supporters why it takes so many people, so much time and resources to create a quality animation production.
The vlog demonstrates in detail the stages that each character and background design development goes through, the planning of each frame, colour treatment and music. Fans will also learn what is the role of the Lead designer and the Art director, why is a storyboard needed, what the terms ‘layout’ and ‘animatic’ mean, and how teams of dozens of animators are able to draw the characters and backgrounds in the same style.
The Golden Apple pilot episode is necessary in order to finalise negotiations with partners and investors for a full season. Studio Zmei will finance its creation with the ongoing crowdfunding campaign. The Bulgarian National Television is a co-producer for the episode and helps with 20% of its budget.
About Studio Zmei and The Golden Apple
The Golden Apple is a project for an animated series inspired by Bulgarian myths, legends and folklore. The story takes place in a fantasy world that is entirely based on Bulgarian folklore, and the narrative takes the spirit and lessons from our favourite legends and folk tales.
Studio Zmei was founded in 2015 and its current team includes over 28 professionals in five different countries, specialised in animation, illustration and folklore.

Storytelling With Sound

June 14, 2017

Renters | 20”



The new 20" TVC, which starts to air this week, once again brings together the talents of director Layla Atkinson and illustrator Anna Kövecses. Homebrew, Rightmove's agency, commissioned the duo once again, to create a spot to promote the property companies' massive rental portfolio. With the previous success of the Rightmove 'School checker' campaign, it was always a possibility that they would get the same team back together, and as chance had it, the stars once more aligned.

Working closely with Homebrew, Layla and the team at Trunk helped develop the script and storyboard, in which we follow a young couple as they go house hunting. They visit a wide range of properties, only to find that they’re too high, too low, or too windy! Before finally finding the perfect rental that they both love. Obviously!

Anna, who grew up in Hungary, was challenged to create a very typical British urban environment. Layla notes, 'Along the way we developed mews courtyards, Tudor cottages and Georgian terraces, before settling on our final selection.' The narrative plays out amongst high rises, narrow boats and back to backs, whilst being punctuated by incidental details like the Austin allegro, a celebration of Layla's child hood, cats in windows, and doves on rooftops.

Layla and the animators well-observed attention to detail brings a sense of warmth and humour to the couple's adventure. Subtle and nuanced details such as the woman's shoe falling into the canal, and the guy bumping his head, all help with the playful nature that Rightmove were aiming for, perfectly capturing the sense and meaning of home.

With two beautiful projects in the bag for Rightmove, Layla notes, "It was great to work with Anna again. She's such an amazing illustrator and I love her style so much. The temptation to just ask her to draw things for fun was always tugging at my moral compass! Would definitely love to work together again in the future!" Watch this space.

To see the advert follow this link: https://vimeo.com/219858589
To see the previous one follow this: https://vimeo.com/208675773

-- Credits --
Client: Rightmove
Agency: Homebrew
Production: Trunk Animation
Director: Layla Atkinson
Producer: Richard Barnett
Illustrator: Anna Kovecses @Handsom Frank
Animation: Roland Edwards, Alex Potts, Leslie Dart, Layla Atkinson
Compositing: Rok Predin
Sound Design and Mix: Chris Swain @ Fonic

'Cat City' by Victoria Vincent

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'Mutafukaz’ Trailer

June 13, 2017

Red Rainbow

Here's a great combination of sight and sound, this film sees the first track off John Kaada and Mike Patton’s recent collaboration Kaada/Patton set to visuals taken from director Rune Spaans and artist Dave Cooper’s short film, “The Absence Of Eddy.”

The Wolf - Workflow Process



“The Wolf” is an animated Music Video for the Argentinian band SIAMES. Produced independently by the Buenos Aires based studio Rudo Company, every frame has been handcrafted in traditional 2D animation with great effort and love. From initial rough to final clean up, each take has been animated by a single person to maintain the mood, style and vision of that artist. Inspired by Japanese animation, we tried to follow a technique commonly known as “Sakuga”, in which the quality of the animation improves drastically to match the dramatic intensity of the moment.

This video highlights the evolution from idea to the finished work. See the film here.

'Totems' by CJ Cook

June 06, 2017

Joshs’ Story



A true story of homelessness and redemption.
SGCH offers housing and opportunities to people like Josh. We worked with them again to create a film showing the true story of another of their tenants.
Credits:
Director: Stefan Wernik twitter.com/StefanWernik
Producer: Guy Jamieson twitter.com/GuyItchy
Writer: Jason J. Cohn twitter.com/JasonJCohn
Production Company: The Magnificent Itch
Designers: Jason Pamment & Alexander Watson
Animators: Darragh White & Arthur Collie
2D FX Animator: Quentin Cordonnier
Character modelling: Tristan Lock
Additional Background Art: Deanna Hewitt
Comping: Jason Morice
Composer: Stephen Frost
Voice Actor: Natasha Beaumont

Her - Needs & Desires

June 05, 2017

Newgrounds - The Foundation of the Future of Animation

A look at the groundbreaking site that gave young animators an outlet for expression.

UNHCR Adut's Journey



Every year children fleeing conflict are separated from their parents. This is the story of one of them. A film made for Australia for UNHCR a charity that helps fund the UN's efforts to alleviate refugee's suffering.
Credits
Direction:Stefan Wernik
Co-Direction and Design:Alexander Watson
Animation:Arthur Collie
2D FX Animation: Quentin Cordonnier

June 04, 2017

Elton John - Rocket Man



In his own interpretation of Elton’s iconic hit, Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin reimagines “Rocket Man” to tell a whole new story of adventure, loneliness and hope. The Cut, proudly supported by YouTube, invited filmmakers to create the first official music videos for three of Elton John’s most famous songs: http://eltonjohn.com/thecut

'The Lighthouse' Simon Scheiber



A lighthouse keeper’s surprising discovery pulls him out of his monotonous, daily routine and takes him onto a journey into uncharted territory. Made up of over 14,000 photographs, The Lighthouse is a black and white stop motion short crafted by filmmaker Simon Scheiber over the course of 7 years.

June 03, 2017

Blade Runner - The End of Humanity

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki



In 2013, Oscar-winning film director and animator, Hayao Miyazaki, suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But after an encounter with young CGI artists, the director of Spirited Away decided to embark on a new artistic endeavour. This candid documentary follows Miyazaki as he crafts his first CGI film in an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait filmed over two years.

May 23, 2017

The Making of 'Akira'

Explosions in the Sky - The Ecstatics



According to artist Hayley Morris, "Everything was shot in camera using paper, projections and translucent materials like plastic and glass. The band's brief was to create something inspired by 'wilderness of the mind.'"

'Lux: Binding Light' by Glen Keane

May 22, 2017

‘Velodrool’ by Sander Joon


“An addicted biker runs out of cigarettes. He joins a race to get more, but has to accept help from some peculiar people in the crowd in order to stay in the competition.”

May 21, 2017

How to Deal with Being a Professional Introvert

Being an Animation Studio Manager/Director off and on over the past 18 years has made me well aware of the fact that amongst the wide spectrum of personality types that live inside a television animation studio, the professional introvert makes up for a large majority of the crew members on the production.

An animator sent me this video, and it was a great reminder of how to better work with the animation artists on your team. Both the individuals and the production will benefit from everyone being more aware of the fact that with slight modifications to the daily/weekly workflow, we can all greatly improve the crew's mental health and overall productivity.

May 08, 2017

Janis Joplin on Rejection

Good Trailer, Bad Trailer - The Art Behind Trailers

‘Cleaner’ by Sung Hwan Lee



Director: Sung Hwan Lee
Music: Justin Oh
Supervisor: Ha Jwa Mok
Artwork: Choo Soo Hyun, Kim Do Hyung
Staff: Choo Soo Hyun, Kim Sung En, Bae Joo Young, Jeon Jin Kyu, Jung Hyun Jung, Ha Juan, Kim Bom
Sound Design: Ear Candy, Lycopus/Lee Henee
Voices: Kim Ki Hyun (Cleaner), Kim Ha Young (Lycopus/Parisien), Park Tae Joon, Sung Hwan Lee, Choi Ye Sol (plants)

May 07, 2017

'With you' by Erika Matsuyama

‘Animated American’ by James Baker and Joe Haidar



Directors: James Baker, Joe Haidar
Story: James Baker, Joe Haidar
Screenwriter: Tim Talbott
Animators: James Baker, Joe Haidar, Steve Gordon, Kevin Petrilak, Chris Sauve, Rick Hoppe, Robb Pratt, Andy Schuhler, Jamie Oliff, Bobby Rubio, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn
Director of Photography: Ruben Russ
Composer: Alan Lee Silva
Editor: Darren Ayres
Cast: Jason Marsden (Eric), Bree Turner (Trixie), Jon Polito (Max), Bill Farmer (Bogie), Marc Romeo (Paul Helling)
Grinnell Drive Productions in association with Mercury Filmworks and 6[ft]1 Productions

May 04, 2017

‘Afternoon Class’ by Seoro Oh

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience

SIAMES - The Wolf


Directed by Rudo Co. and Fer Suniga
Produced by Rudo Co.
Art Direction by Rudo Co.
Animation by Rudo Co.
Editing by Rudo Co.
Music by SIAMES
Lead Animators
Ezequiel Torres
Pablo Rafael Roldán
Assistant Animator
Leandro Vargas
Clean Up
Ezequiel Torres
Pablo Rafael Roldán
Leandro Vargas
Esteban Bestia Cuenca
Emi Abot

May 01, 2017

Ayn Rand on Love and Happiness

'Vandroid' Trailer by Golden Wolf

Creative director: Ingi Erlingsson
Art director: Ewen Stenhouse
Producer: Ant Baena
Design: Ewen Stenhouse, Pedro Vergani, Marie Ecarlat, Max Englehart, Bjørn-Erik Aschim
Animation: Peter Dodd, Tim Whiting, Christoffer Elsborg Kramme, Thomas Purrington, Henry Purrington, Max Englehart, Justine Waldie, Sim Marriott
Compositing: Alex Fernandez, Mike Tyler
Music by Ed Banger Records
Additional Sound Design by Echoic

April 28, 2017

April 20, 2017

Psychonauts



"Psiconautas" (Psychonauts) The Spanish indie animated feature film by Pedro Rivero & Alberto Vazquez.

April 17, 2017

The Line - Studio Demo Reel

The Nazis, My Father and Me

Clip from "The Nazis, My Father and Me" animated feature film project by french studio Folivari. Directed by Rémy Schaepman. Based on book by Robert H. Lieberman.

April 07, 2017

This Cat is NED – EP31 – BATTLE SCAR

As you can see, this week and next week is dedicated to NED!
It would seem the creators of this online series are on hiatus, or have abandoned the project, but I still say it was one of the best puppet series on the web.

March 26, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki’s Cosmologics



An in-depth critical analysis of Miyazaki's work, examining formal and thematic issues through his use of space and geography. I focus on his metaphysical and socio-political currents, especially in his two major works, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Also features Kubrick, Fantasia, and a bit of Wonderland.

February 20, 2017

Roughstuff

A 16-hour straight-ahead animation exercise by Walter Mazoyer.

February 16, 2017

Teaser for 'Monkey Bizness'

A fantastic mixed-media series of puppets + 2D animation in development. Directed by Pozla and Jack Antoine Charlot at Passion Paris. Based on the comicbook published by Ankama Editions, with story by ElDiablo.

February 03, 2017

Joe Alaskey

Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey III was an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist. Alaskey was one of Mel Blanc's successors at the Warner Bros. Animation studio until his death, a year ago, on February 3, 2016.

Before working on TV and films, Alaskey was a successful stand-up impressionist and worked on a Boston radio morning show called Effective Radio with Bill, along with June Foray, before he was hired by Warner Bros in 1989 to take over from famed voice artist Mel Blanc, who had died that year.



Alaskey, who said he sang every day to keep the larynx supple, also voiced other legendary Looney Tunes characters, among them Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian, Plucky Duck on Tiny Toon Adventures, Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, and the ghost Stinkie from Casper. In 2004, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the cartoon Duck Dodgers, providing the voice of the eponymous hero, whom he described as "an egotistical, obnoxious duck with his own show".



He was also the narrator on the television documentary series Murder Comes To Town, which aired on the Investigation Discovery Network. Alaskey remained a great imitator of voices and he supplied the voice of Richard Nixon in the Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump.

He was also used to re-dub actors for the TV or airline releases of movies when "rude" words had to be replaced; he cleaned up 62 swear words uttered by Jack Lemmon in David Mamet's profanity-filled 'Glengarry Glen Ross'.

January 30, 2017