I’ve been a big fan of Kristopher Strom’s work since I first saw his whiteboard animated music video for Minilogue back in 2006
I love how he interacts with the creatures he draws under the camera. Makes for some wonderful surprises along the way. This seems to be a great medium for this type of animation, but as he says in the description of the video, it’s stop motion on whiteboard, so no undo or redo. Only makes it more impressive.
His most recent work on his youtube page is the Official Music Video for Benga’s “Baltimore Clap,” which follows a hapless little chap on a terrifying journey through a cavernous clap factory …
I love the snappy animation to the beat of the music, my favorite part being when the little chap’s hand grows back – only to find that the horrible cycle will continue infinitely for an unexpected purpose.
And now a short clip from Pixar’s “Day & Night” by Teddy Newton.
I’m going to make a bold statement and say that this is by far the best Pixar short yet. I have a sweet spot for traditional animation, and here they have blended both 2D and 3D styles so well. The 2D characters are silhouettes while the 3D worlds inside of them make up their actual characteristics – one being Day and the other Night.
The sound effects are done in a very clever way. Different sounds of nature represent the characters emotions / actions – when Day falls, there is a sound of a tree falling; when Night laughs, it’s the sounds of little (adorable!) ducks quacking.
I have been a fan of Teddy Newton’s style ever since I was shown his concept and design work, particularly for The Incredibles.
It’s just so wonderfully crafty. I believe that the pattern on Edna’s dress is houndstooth. How fab.
Got talking with friends one night over drinks. Decided we should start a small film screening. Movie Night at the Glasslands was born!
If you have a new short animation that you would like to submit to Movie Night, please send your DVD to …
333 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Please send all DVDs to the above address by May 14th.
Movie Night with be held on Sunday, May 30th at 8PM.
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Please print out the form below and include with your submission. Unfortunately we don’t have the space all night, so we can’t screen every film we receive, but we’re going to try to include as many as possible to make this the best Movie Night ever!
Also, our friend who’s doing the invite wants to put screen shots of the films, so if you plan on entering, send one ASAP in an email with the subject: “Movie Night – Screen Shot” to email@example.com
Golem wins the Audience Choice Award for Best Animation at Charleston! This is one of our favorite festivals, and this year was super fun – we have Tina McCard to thank for that! Thank you for giving us food and shelter for the week!
Some photos … The Awards Ceremony: Joy and I with Nick Soliday of Snow in Africa – might be doing their next music video soon …
The lovely Tina McCard, me and Joy down at Folly Beach! Festival Director Brian Peacher, me, Tina McCard and Joy at Club Pantheon Opening Night Party – from the left: Joy, Dave Brown, Matt Slechter (won Best Feature for Republic of Pete) and me!
Enjoy the fun little details, at 1:03 for example, when she farts diamonds.
Commissioned byRecord Makersfor their 10th anniversary, the film was first created using Flash and After FX and later re-animated on paper by the two illustrators.
I really love this. A brilliant exercise in variety vs constants, all the while fitting the song perfectly. The tempo of “Look” is a bit hypnotizing and so is watching this girl’s ass shift from side to side for 4 minutes while everything around her distorts and changes.
My favorite thing about Mrzyk and Moriceau is that they have been working like this for so long (10 years!) they are at the point where they don’t know who did what in the piece, it all just blends together to make it a unified, engaging whole.
Joy wrote an entry a couple of years ago about twin graffiti artists,Os Gemeos, who work in this same way. Imaginative results ensue, click here see their most recent masterpiece.
Tegan and Sara, twin pop artists from Canada who rock my small world, write their songs separately and send each other mp3s as they are putting their albums together. When I’m listening for the first time, I play a game with myself to decide if it’s a Sara song or a Tegan song.
Another example is one of my favorite books, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It’s a very funny novel about the end of the world and how we’re all going to die. Gaiman talks about how it went – “This is how we wrote a novel together. I’d write late at night. Terry wrote early in the morning. In the afternoon we’d have very long phone conversations where we’d read each other the best bits we’d written, and talk about stuff that could happen next. The main objective was to make the other one laugh.” Their writing styles are quite different but they compliment each other perfectly. I wish they would try this again.
I picked a couple of pieces from Mrzyk and Moriceau’s work to share with you. For more playful illustrations, go here.
this just in, at 3:00 AM this morning, noey and i completed our last animation sequence of the music video for “golem” by the maladies!!! ok, ok. noey finished hours before me. because well, she is much faster than me. but still, i’m doing my happy dance!!
we are finishing post production this weekend.
who needs a drink!?
I remember my first crush. Obviously it was on a boy who didn’t feel the same way about me. He sat a few seats in front of me in class. He had long hair and disrupted the teacher all the time. My tiny black heart was captured.
“My First Crush” is a short by Julia Pott, an animator/illustrator based in London. I actually met her months ago through a good friend, but I haven’t seen her work until recently. Yeah, we’ve hung out – I’m name dropping right now …
I fell in love with this film. How can you not?! You’d have to have no soul to not love it. The characters are delightful, telling stories of their first crushes. Julia interviewed about 40 people for this project and created these characters based off of the responses she chose to use. Everyone can relate because we’ve all had a crush. “Why don’t they like me? What are they thinking right now? Should I stake out their locker after school? Oh, the pain!” And the lovable animals with their unique mannerisms and personalities … they are so cute! Here are some stills from the film:
One of my favorite things about Julia’s work is the way she incorporates all of these elements – juxtaposing hand drawn text phrases, textures, sketches, paintings etc. I love when animators experiment this way with their work. It’s so different from how I work these days and I’m envious and inspired. In a video interview with Etsy, she describes her process, which is almost completely done by hand. I like.
She animated a 16 minute segment for the Decemberists’ album, The Hazards of Love, Here Come the Waves: a visual performance to the album. She collaborated with 3 other artists and the different aesthetics all work together to make up this incredible companion to the music. SO awesome! I love this band, this album and her style, so I’m pretty excited. You can get it on itunes – here is a short youtube clip of Julia’s contribution to this film.
Julia just released a limited edition of 30 prints and all of the proceeds go to Oxfam to aid Haiti.
It’s hard to keep up with this busy bee! I can’t wait to see what she does next.
i made many resolutions for the new year and haven’t been doing so well sticking to most of them. for example, i resolved to be on time for work and have come in about an hour late all month. but today i’m buckling down! i got in to the studio today about 15 minutes late – a vast improvement – and am tackling a few other resolutions like cleaning my computer and making room for new work! the best part about this is finding things i had forgotten about like this little gem from noey…