Thursday, December 28, 2006

Lil Chris "Getting Enough"

An 80's inspired punk song by a kid who looks 9, but I hear he's 16. There are loads of 80's-esque graphics. No, it's not the coolest video I've ever seen, but it's lots of fun and it's an earworm... be warned!


Monday, December 25, 2006

Don't Die Ding! "Carol of the Bells"

Some fun and bizarre Christmas wishes. This is an interesting combination of 2D and 3D with lots of textures. Read more and see it in Quicktime, Real Video and other choices here.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

U2 "Window in the Skies"

Wow, two U2 videos up here in the span of as many weeks! This one seems to be an official video. Steve Audette posted it to the AE List, so thanks for the tip! This is some really amazing editing.

There's a Wiki listing about the song, too.

The White Stripes, the Clash, The Beatles and David Bowie are all shown in the montage and they just happen to be four of my top 10 all time favorite bands. I'm going to give the best lip-sync award to Elvis.

Speaking of lip-sync, do you remember that 80s show, "Puttin' on the Hits"? That just popped into my head. I remember a guy doing Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross and was half man/half woman.


Thursday, December 07, 2006

U2 "Elevation" by Heiner Twenhafel

My After Effects students had their final projects due today. Heiner Twenhafel, a motion graphics student, created this phenomenal video. Yes, the footage is from a U2 concert and, no, he didn't shoot it, but the editing and the effects are timed perfectly and are absolutely captivating.

As Dewey Finn says, "One great rock show can change the world..." The other students in the class were darn lucky that Heiner showed his project last.

View movie - Google Video

Large Quicktime (74MB)

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2005 Midwest AICP Awards

I first saw this Intro for the 2005 Midwest AICP Awards at the 2006 Chicago Motion Graphics Festival. I have their wonderful DVD and can watch it in it's full amazingness, but I'm sorry, all I can offer you is this small little window. It's awe-inspiring though.

From "Done in my last days at Optimus, this piece was a fun challenge. Trying to puppeteer 3D shadow puppets in a convincing way and still deliver a crapload of logos. I was responsible for the first third of the open, which I did in 3DSMax 7.5. Jeremy Stuart and Patrick Coleman comped it all in After Effects. We shot the paper and the shadowy figures at the end and the rest was either 3D, After Effects, or Flame. My favorite part, KONG!"

Thanks to Seth for reminding me of this cool piece! Better late than never, I guess.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tony vs. Paul

This one came from our good pal Dan Warvi. It's a freakin' cool stop motion piece. I really wonder how they did the part with Tony and Paul flying through the air.


Exopolis Portfolio

ExopolisNormally I would link to an entire page, but there's so much cool stuff from Exopolis, I thought I should post it all. Exopolis is an L.A. based creative studio that develops for seemingly every type of media available. I don't know about you, but I'm inspired!

My homie, Dru, sent me this one asking how the keying was done on the BET spot and the roto on the NASCAR spot. My response: Very carefully. Actually, I told him he needs to get Ultimatte Advantage and Silhouette FX Roto.

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