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

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

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