When I was growing up all I had were the Letter People to help me learn the alphabet. It seems BlinkMyBrain has given a fresh spin on the ol' 26.
Also here is another amazing video from BlinkMyBrain. Why? Because it's Friday thats why. That and I love how their animations take on this mixed media feeling.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I watched this and immediately afterwards all I could think was, "Dear God...." And probably not for the reasons you think. It was more from a feeling of being joyfully overwhelmed. This piece had so much going for it that my brain couldn't seem to handle it. First off it's about metaphors; something I deal with on a daily basis in my personal and professional work. The way Jane talks about them is almost poetic. In their very nature metaphors conjure emotion, but when Jane explains it that feeling is magnified. That plus perfectly subtle animation makes for a metaphor overload. I also love the art style they chose for this piece because it's vague enough to take on almost any shape and soft enough that it marries perfectly with Jane's voice. Even though the design is simple, the animators at POCKO did a number of clever and fun things throughout the piece. But I'll let you discover those on your own.
I've had an idea to make an animation based off audio from karaoke singers for a long time, but I never really knew how I wanted to approach it. Kristof Luyckx had a similar idea and created the following. I really love his art direction. The over the top style of the characters contrasts well with how serious and soft the music is. Overall it makes for an awkward and absurd moment that I love.
The amazing Fraser Davidson has made yet another animation. This time it's for the phone app, Everpix, which basically categorizes and groups your phone's photos as you take them. The art, motion, and animation are all very polished as always.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The OZO team just came out with this 3D environment test they created using 3D Max. I love the style and I'm curious how close you could get to creating this using only AE cameras and Illustrator....Maybe a test is in order.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The more and more I go through life the more I start to see myself flowing toward the direction of children's entertainment. Whether that be cartoons or books I think it's my calling to create something that our younger generations can enjoy as much as I did with things like Looney Tunes. The only reason I'm thinking this way is because I just watched a this great trailer from Jimmy Simpson for Greg Pizzoli's upcoming book "The Watermelon Seed." Just seems like such a fun project to be apart of.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A short animation I made for an event at work. The premise behind this was to take a coworker's email out of context and animate it. Basically trying to show what someone outside of our company might envision if they read said email. Animation was done by yours truly in AE. The art and audio was supplied by my coworker Chad-Michael Simon.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
This low poly environment sample comes from Paeu. I always find myself attracted to this sort of style. Although I don't dabble too much in 3D, this piece is still a great reference for any low poly 2D background as well. Awesome depth and atmosphere are oozing from this sample.
Friday, May 3, 2013
A heart warming animation and story from Madeline Sharafian about cooking for the ones you love. This is her second Calarts film and the warmth and personality of the characters is right on par with any Disney or Pixar short that I've seen. Wonderful work.
Michael Dolejš recently released some free icons that any computer user should be familiar with. Animator, Seth Eckert, then animated them along with some subtle sound effects to create the following.
Probably one of the best stop motion pieces I have seen and this one comes from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. I love how inventive they were in the process. The dust kick ups, the sparks flying, the cop car that hangs in the air for just a few extra moments. Kept me entertained the whole way through, and I'm sure you'll love the process shots at the end.
Last winter I was tasked with getting some footage of Bowling Green State University's ArtsX event. This is an event the Fine Arts Center puts on every year where students can display and sell their art, various artists perform music, dance and theatre, and the community can see what the students have been up to. It wasn't until this past week that I was tasked with putting something together. Although it was sort of last minute and slapped together I'm pretty happy with how the footage came out, and it's always fun to work with your alma mater. Music by YACHT.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
After watching this amazing stop motion tutorial from The Hill-Side I still don't think I could tie my own bow tie....but that's more my fault than their's. However, I'm truly convinced all step-by-step instructions should be done through stop motion now.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Finally got around to making another MeanMug & Slim short, and believe it or not it isn't gun related! Lisa, my girlfriend and the inspiration for MeanMug, is running the Glass City Marathon this Sunday. For those that don't know the Glass City is the nickname of my hometown Toledo, Ohio. Just goes to show how close MeanMug & Slim is to my real life.