Anthropologie, darling.

posted by on 11.17.2011, under Animation, Holiday wishes, You're Welcome.
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It’s the holiday season! Well, I’ve been shopping more than the U.S. average, according to mint.com. I would say slap me, but you can’t fight crazy with crazy.

Last week I was just browsing. Sort of. I lost my way + wandered over to Anthropologie’s site where I discovered the sweetest stop-motion animation ~ which has officially made it to my all time favorites of this genre, second only to Rudolph, The Island of Misfit Toys.

Little ornaments called “The Branch Bunch” come to life as you hover the mouse over their images. Holiday spirit magic.


{just popping up to say, happy holiday!}


{my igloo is your igloo}


{…gifts rule}


{happy, merry, JOY: pass it on}


{…the eggnog effect}

Oh! This is wonderfully done.

Here’s another stop-motion piece for Anthropologie, designed by Creative Director Simon James Lee.

An artist like Mr. Lee knows better than anyone the priceless look that can only come from the use of real objects + photographs.

These fuzzy feelings make me want to buy cute things.

~Joy

smile at your sister: JULIA POTT

posted by on 08.07.2011, under Animation, Film, Independent, Love
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Smile at your sister is my new favorite spot to stop by and visit for a while.  They recently wrote about our lady friend and animator Julia Pott, asking her about dreams, life and love:

” … my first career aspiration as a child was to be a balloon. it seemed like a very feasible choice but as I got older I started to think about the ins and outs of becoming a balloon and I lost the ambition. after that I went straight on to wanting to be an animator and never really explored anything else …”

Please read the entire interview here, it’s so worth it.

Noelle

30 motion tests in 30 seconds

posted by on 08.07.2011, under Animation, Art
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I’ll just shut up and let motion designer Steffen K explain it to you:

“Over a period of 30 days I challenged myself to created 1 second of animation every day. The idea was to experiment and explore workflow in the software package Cinema 4D and publish one frame from my experiments daily..

The rules:
-Animate 1 second everyday
-Publish one frame daily at blog.steffenk.net
-Put it all together to approx. 30 seconds of animation”

You can see the individual 1 second tests over at his blog.

I’m a big fan of exercises in variety vs. constants and envious of his motivation to do something like this.  Not only is it a great challenge but it gives you simple, quick filler for your reel that would definitely stand out.

1 second a day … maybe I’ll start tomorrow?  Off to a good start already.

Noelle

Musical Motion Magic

posted by on 08.01.2011, under Animation, Art, Music
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A few days ago Motionographer posted a video called Resonance with this demand: “Stop. Put on your headphones. Go fullscreen, and sit still as Resonance blasts your earballs to pieces.”  I obeyed.

Resonance is a collaborative project with over 30 independent visual and audio designers/studios. The aim was to explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.

My favorite visual artist + audio designer pair was Jr Canest and David Kamp.  Here is their contribution, which happens at 2:50 in the full 11 minute video:

I love it because it’s fun and it’s simple.  While I found the other contributions to be very impressive, this one made me stop and look again.  And then I smiled and watched again.

Here is the full Resonance video:

Noelle

everybody’s kickin it back

posted by on 07.09.2011, under Animation, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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Still from "The First Time CeeCee Did Acid" by Noelle Melody

Odds are the show is probably your basic dumb shit . But then you sort of think well maybe it’s beyond dumb, maybe it’s a ra-tard. Maybe it’s something really cool that you don’t even know about. And uh, and you started feeling like you definitely wanna be a part of it.

I’ve got to celebrate this teaser for the show, created by Taylor Armstrong.

Showcasing our submissions of half-cocked short-shorts, we promise you’ll be disturbed and/or left in great dismay.

It’s all happening at Glasslands this Wednesday, July 13th at 8pm — come experience some dumb shit AND drink a cold beer at the same time.

~Joy

Class Notes

posted by on 06.25.2011, under Animation
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Yesterday, James and I received a class note. Or 12!

Thanks guys, my heart is bursting!

A few weeks ago, James Buran and I had the chance to be a part of Career Day at Newbridge Elementary School in Bellmore. We met with 3 classes of 4th graders and explained that being an animator is the best job ever. After that we shot a series of still images of each one of them jumping in the air and later animated it to look like they were flying. Later it was cartoon time and we sat in the back of Mrs. Buran’s classroom, showing them different examples of animation – their favorite was the work I’ve done for MAD on Cartoon Network

~Joy


The Making of Place Stamp Here

posted by on 06.01.2011, under Animation, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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It’s a trailer!  Watch, if you please.

Sometimes, films aren’t planned. Place Stamp Here was an accident. Shhh, a happy accident, darling.

“I realized that sometimes my favorite part of my job is that my chair swivels, so maybe I need to more actively pursue other, more creative, more lovely projects.” – Kelly Sharp

And then Kelly sent us her charming script.

When she talks, Kelly goes off on these tangents that are wonderful and natural and so insisting that she narrate the script exactly how she’d described it to us in an email, we moved forward with our take on how to tell the story visually…

To the storyboards.

place stamp here storyboards

Cute … we could’ve drawn the whole film that way. But at the same time  1.) I sort of loved finishing a film in such a timely fashion and  2.) I really loved using the actual trinkets and the things we’ve all collected on all of our travels. Which also made the process unique and interesting. And amazing!

The music really tied the film together — composed by Jasmin Way, Carter Logan and Hannah Rawe of The Chandeliers with Zach Knox on piano.

It was so fun to collaborate and we’re so lucky to be surrounded by such creative types. We all thought of it like this — maybe we’re broke and maybe didn’t plan on making another film … but it’s festival season which equals fun. Motivation!

We used different techniques like shooting the stop-motion elements, combining traditional animation with cut-outs, watercolor, photographs. It’s um, a cornucopia of mixed media.

But OK, my favorite part was making coffee-stained paper for the backgrounds.

Mmmmm coffee makes anything possible.

~Joy

Workin it at Charleston International Film Fest ’11

posted by on 05.25.2011, under Animation, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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Joy and I are the proud parents of this year's festival poster

We’ve been attending the Charleston International Film Festival since it was born in 2008 { see recap from 2008 and 2010 } and it gets better and better every year.  The weather was perfect for bike rides to screenings, enjoying yummy summer drinks, watching great films and staying up super late only to do it all again the next day.  This festival is fun in the sun.  Some highlights!

the lovely Tina McCard and Kelly Sharp { who wrote the script to our film }

2 for 1 margaritas for bike gangs

Jameson + margaritas at Taco Boy

iced coffees at our new favorite Charleston spot, KUDU

AND we won Best Animation for our little film Place Stamp Here.  This made us smile as the films in the Animation Block were amazing and to be chosen as the best among them is surprising and wonderful.

Place Stamp Here wins the Best Animation Audience Award

Thanks Charleston!  Work it baby.

Noelle

the dumbest sh*t i ever saw

posted by on 04.27.2011, under Animation, Art, Film, Film Festivals, Independent
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hello children!  mickey with steve buscemeyes has an important announcement:

brought to you by metcalf loves you and twins are weird.

don’t let this fall through your crack!  for more information on the deadline and rules (that’s right, we made RULES damnit) go to our Dumb Sh*t tumblr.  it has the bokeh!

joy

Poster child

posted by on 04.20.2011, under Animation, Art
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Did you feel that?  It’s film festival time.  And when it’s festival time, we make trailers and posters.

Joy and I designed the poster for the Charleston International Film Festival again!  (see last year’s poster)

We looooove this festival.  I can’t wait for the animation screening where we’ll show our FINISHED new short, Place Stamp Here.

We’ll be screening alongside Patrick Smith’s Masks as well as some more great films on May 19th – 4PM at the American Theater.

CHARLESTON BABY!

Noelle

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