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.
We think everything we create is gold. Oh, I made something and it’s ridiculously long and it’s my baby and every second is important and amazing. Sadly, this is a delusion and you have to know when to cut. Cut. CUT. Here’s a deleted scene from “Golem” in it’s early stages of birth … before we aborted it.
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’ve posted some stills from our music video of “golem’s song” by the maladies. please see them below for your amusement and delight. i hope u like.
the boys of the maladies liked the latest version, so noey and i are really supercalafragalistic about it. we’ve been working hard and it’s half finished thanks to jameson. jameson the whiskey, and jameson our compositing genius. click on his name to view his dope site. he is making our little video look cinematic and pro. noey and i like to work and play with others. it gets rather tiresome to argue, i mean work, only with each other. and i am starting a sentence with the word and, and we could not have gotten halfway done without our amazing star intern, tori. and i’d like to thank my mom.
at this moment i’m sitting in bed with a cold. sniff. sniff. being sick is less fun than i remember. i was hoping to get some work done but i am, to my surprise, bed-ridden. however, i do have a fully charged battery on my laptop and can now unplug it from it’s power source. did u feel that? freedom.
in other news relating to my personal life, i have new goals as the year comes to an end. noey and i hope to finish the music video by december! we will need lots of hugs and coffee. also, i want to have some fun and try to use the twin thing to my advantage … more than i already do. it has come to my attention that most of our friends can’t tell noey and i apart. there will be many tricks followed by a lot of giggling in our future. i’ll let you know how that goes.
thanks for the support and thanks for reading! come back to visit soon.