April 30, 2013

Little Witch Academia

The short was produced as a part of the "Young Animator Training Project," which is a program where industry masters train new animators. And Studio Trigger has talent that previously worked on things like Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking, as well as staff previously at Studio 4°C (they're responsible for the visuals in Catherine).

Director: Yoh Yoshinari
Character design: Yoh Yoshinari
Script: Masahiko Otsuka
Production: Studio Trigger

April 29, 2013

April 28, 2013

April 25, 2013

Captain Canuck- The Animated Web Series

Captain Canuck Inc. and animation partner Smiley Guy Studios are excited to bring this iconic Canadian Superhero into the world of animation. They have already invested a lot of their own time and money to develop a new version of Captain Canuck and now you have a chance to help them bring him to a screen near you.

Mike Geiger's "Leroy Dorsalfin"

See more.

Trailer for "Cargo Cult"

Rough Animation from "Princess and the Frog"

Via onanimation

April 20, 2013

April 18, 2013

Malcolm McLaren: Authentic creativity vs. karaoke culture

How does one find authentic creativity? In his last talk before passing away, Malcolm McLaren tells remarkable stories from his own life, from failing school to managing the musicians. He argues that we're living in a karaoke culture, with false promises of instant success, and that messiness and failure are the key to true learning.

A designer, promoter and recording artist, Malcom McLaren masterminded the punk-rock group the Sex Pistols, was an early mover in globalizing hip-hop, and made ambitious works of art.

April 16, 2013

The Art of J. C. Leyendecker

One of the pre-eminent American illustrators of the early 20th century. He is best known for his poster, book and advertising illustrations, the trade character known as The Arrow Collar Man, and his numerous covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Between 1896 and 1950, Leyendecker painted more than 400 magazine covers. During the Golden Age of American Illustration, for The Saturday Evening Post alone, J. C. Leyendecker produced 322 covers, as well as many advertisement illustrations for its interior pages. No other artist, until the arrival of Norman Rockwell two decades later, was so solidly identified with one publication. Leyendecker "virtually invented the whole idea of modern magazine design.

In December of 1950, Saturday Evening Post cover artist J.C. Leyendecker outlined his basic method in a letter to a student.

"My first step is to fill a sketch pad with a number of small rough sketches about two by three inches, keeping them on one sheet so you can compare them at a glance."

"Select the one that seems to tell the story most clearly and has an interesting design. Enlarge this by square to the size of the magazine cover, adding more detail and color as needed."

"You are now ready for the model. First make a number of pencil or charcoal studies. Select the most promising and on a sketch canvas do these in full color, oil or water with plenty of detail. Keep an open mind and be alert to capture any movement or pose that may improve your original idea."

"You may now dismiss your model, but be sure you have all the material needed with separate studies of parts to choose from, for you are now on your own and must work entirely from your studies."

"This canvas will somewhat resemble a picture puzzle, and it is up to you to assemble it and fit it into your design at the same time simplify wherever possible by eliminating all unessentials. All this is done on tracing paper and retraced on the final canvas."

"Your finished painting may be any size to suit you, but is usually about twice the size of the reproduction."

"As a rule, I start work with a round or flat sable using a thin wash, with turps as a medium. Keep shadows very transparent, and as the work progresses, apply the paint more thickly on lighted areas, adding some poppy oil or linseed oil if necessary, and using a larger flat bristle brush for the heavier paint, but still keeping the shadows thin and vibrant."

"When the work is dry, apply a quick drying retouching varnish either with a brush or an atomizer.
Sometimes because of prohibitive model rates or other reasons, one is forced to use photography, but try and avoid it if possible."


Lots more samples of artwork and information about Leyendecker:
Leyendecker on Tumblr
Leyendecker Lore at Lines and Colors
Bio and more samples at BPIP
Many originals on display at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California

April 15, 2013

Dog Snack - Episode 3

"This" by Malcolm Sutherland

A student film made in 2004, a narrative about community and humanity, slow-paced, meditative film animated by Malcolm Sutherland, with chanting by Tibetan Monks.

"Gift" by Milosz Wlazlo

April 12, 2013

Everything I Can See From Here

A game of football turns deadly as an uninvited player joins in
Directed by Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim for The Line
Produced by Fritzi Nicolaus
Sound & Music by Box of Toys Audio
This film was made over the last two years in our evenings, weekends and days off. We had no budget but a lot of help from our very talented and generous friends. Find links to their websites below.
Sam Taylor samtayloranimation.blogspot.co.uk
Bjorn-Erik Aschim bjornsportfolio.com
Adam Hodgson AdamTheNog.Tumblr.com
Alexander Petreski vimeo.com/user1621759
Dante Zaballa podoboo.com.ar
Geoff King vimeo.com/user423106
Hozen Britto hozenbritto.blogspot.co.uk
James Duveen jamesduveen.com
Jim Round jimround.tumblr.com
Kristian Antonelli kristianantonelli.blogspot.co.uk
Tim McCourt messytimbo.blogspot.co.uk
Wesley Louis librabear.blogspot.co.uk
3D Modelling and Rigging
David Hunt linkedin.com/pub/dave-hunt/2/276/65
3D Modelling
Max Taylor maxtaylordesign.com
3D animation
Max James van der Merwe  vimeo.com/jamesvdm
Bjorn-Erik Aschim bjornsportfolio.com
Bjorn-Erik Aschim bjornsportfolio.com
Sam Taylor samtayloranimation.blogspot.co.uk
Adam Hodgson AdamTheNog.Tumblr.com
Beth Witchalls pufflingsplace.blogspot.co.uk
Caspar Rock
Clarice Elliott vimeo.com/user885076
Denise Dean denise.dd-designs.co.uk
Freya Hotson vimeo.com/user2647473
Hozen Britto hozenbritto.blogspot.co.uk
Hugh La Terriere hughlaterriere.com
Isobel Stenhouse isobelstenhouse.blogspot.co.uk
Jessica Toth jesscato.com
Jose Saturno
Stewart Wagstaff stewwaggie.blogspot.co.uk
Tom Loughlin tomloughlin.co.uk
Making of
Luke James lukejames.co.uk
Owen Philips breadcollective.co.uk
Tom Loughlin tomloughlin.co.uk
Special Thanks
Our Ma's and pa's
Jerry Fleming
Chris King videocircuits.blogspot.co.uk
Andrew Lim Clarkson facebook.com/andrew.l.clarkson
June Frangue junefrangue.com
and Winnie facebook.com/winnie.wadelim
The Line Studio

"Light Forms" by Malcolm Sutherland

A short experimental floaty & aimless animation.

"The Astronomer's Dream" by Malcolm Sutherland

Andrew Chesworth Animation

April 11, 2013

Tiny Story

Thanks to the internet being used to distribute, present and broadcast short films, I'm starting to see people taking advantage of drastically different formats of the picture frame, here's another example of this under-used concept - experimenting in the use of a special screen asect ratio, by Sebas and Clim.

Nespresso Mobile commercial directed by Quentin Baillieux & Raphaelle Tinland and produced by ChezEddy

April 08, 2013

The Customized Play

Korean indie director Jin Sung Choi (Entering The Mind Through The Mouth) is now on Vimeo and is making a new short film called "The Customized Play".

See more images here: www.brianjin.com