Friday, August 31, 2007

Lil' Mama - G-Slide/Tour Bus

Fresh sparkles and a Transformer-like Tour Bus, mailbox, boom box, breakdancing mat, a car and more. Nice effects. Lots of fun and they have that Cinderella appeal. Plus a new dance that will be more popular than the Macarena! Cute video

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A Hand-Drawn Look in 3D for Steelers’ Safety

Matt Armstrong at Studio Daily has authored a great article on Using Maya and 3D Rotoscoping for CG Football Action. The video link is in the article.

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Heinz Challenge Ad

Erik Rubner, son of Michael Rubner, a Detroit camera guy, shot & edited this spot for the Heinz Challenge with John Mabila and Charles Green. Three-man crew, one day shoot. Michael posted it to the Michigan production email list to which I subscribe.

It is a really cool spot, combining an old film look with the modern world by the television liason. They have the effect of the hand reaching out of the TV (not quite as ominous as the similar action in 'The Ring' and use spot color, as seen in 'Sin City'. It's a clever ad.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bjork - Bachelorette

Yes, this is an oldie, but I seem to have missed it. I love this song. It's just gorgeous. Directed by Michel Gondry, this has a strange, dream-like video that begins with an old film look, which looks completely authentic. Bjork finds a book with blank pages in a hole in the woods. The words write onto a blank book. Then, Bjork is on a stage in some sort of theatre production. The words disappear and the producer/editor becomes a bush. The book ends up returning to the earth. Hey, I said it was strange. There is no lack of creativity here. Brilliant stuff.


(Via Axionsun)

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GE - Ecomagination - Frog commercial

A clever animated piece with a 3D frog's eye view of the world.

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Our Smallest Adventures (Rob Chandler) - I Was A Cubscout

I was a cubscout Not a real tough effect to create. Once could accomplish this with some rotoscoped paths and the Vegas or stroke plug-in. Maybe a little Find Edges. About 2/3 in, there are a hundred glowing mouth outlines singing along. Cool vid.

(Via Antville

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Smashing Pumpkins - That's the Way (My Love Is)

The latest video from Smashing Pumpkins is a futuristic, effects filled extravaganza. It's mainly black and whilte with spot color, loads of 3D and lighting effects, and video composited on little future TVs. Not a half bad song, but I miss the Smashing Pumpkins of yore. Back in the day, I saw them live 11 times. I was a total Pumpkin Head. I like their new stuff, but not nearly as much as their stuff from Gish and Siamese Dream. The subtleties are not there, the quirkiness, the fun. Just a heavy wall of sound. Don't get me wrong. Rockin' out is my birthrite, but I miss the old sound. I do think the video is pretty cool though - one that takes several watchings to see the details. After several watchings I'll probably love the song.

That's The Way (My Love Is)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Jerome Olivier on Director's Notes Podcast

Jerome Olivier, friend and filmmaker is featured on the Director's Notes podcast. Jerome discusses his decision to move to Japan, being a filmmaker, and his film Missing Pages

Director's Notes Episode 048: Missing Pages - Jerome Olivier

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I interviewed Jerome for our Toolfarm Inspirations interviews way back in February 2006. The guy is so talented. His work blows my mind.

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Yet another edit of the retro-futuristic motion logos

Chris Zwar posted this gem to the AE-List today. It was on the front page of Digg, so you may have seen it. Oh, the interwebs... such a place of sharing.



And Ken Broomfield posted this link to the NBC logo from 1971, which I think is rather beautiful.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dynamic Painting by San Base

San Base is a contemporary artist originally from Russia who now lives in Canada. He has perfected a program to generate algorythms that move elements in a painting fluidly to come up with a dynamic picture. I could look at it all day. Read more about the technology behind Dynamic painting. Wouldn't that be nice at your next soiree.





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Monday, August 27, 2007

Content Aware Image Resizing

The rescaling and removal tools are mindblowing. I wonder if Adobe will buy this technology and incorporate it into future versions of Photoshop? One can wish.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

AT&T 1993 "You Will" Ads

An interesting collection of 14 year old spots and I have to say, their predictions were (mostly) right on target. Our GPS isn't quite that fancy, even in 3D mode, but it's pretty darn accurate. Eerie... or actually, that was only 14 years ago so I'm sure everything was in development at that time.

The lady with the phone booth though, um, yeah. I left my mother-in-law at the mall once and told her to call me from a phone booth when she was ready. There were two phones at the mall and neither of them worked, much less having video features. She ended up having to use the phone behind the counter at The Gap.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Every Cigarette is Doing Damage

Some seriously gross but cool medical animations and effects showing the damage those cancer sticks are doing to smokers. I've been trying to get my husband to quit for good since the day we wed. Maybe showing this video to him will finally convince him to give it up for good.

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Zune - Dogfight commercial

Two animated fighter pilots try to blow each other out of the sky with beautiful explosions and smoke that morph into dragons and rainbows and other psychedelic stuff. The song in the commercial is Special Thing by Viva Voce.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

The Van is Back: Honda Odyssey

Just caught this one on tv. This might be old, but I have a habit of ignoring commercials or surfing to another channel at ad time. This commercial is totally groovy, man.... great fluid effects and a P-Funk tune that we all know.

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MTN: Stickies

This is one of the coolest stop-motion animations I've seen in a while. I can't imagine the planning that went into this! This is for South African telecom company MTN. Cape Town's Wicked Pixels did the commercial.








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Process Enacted by Jordan C Greenhalgh

A cool stop-motion and effects piece with lots and lots of Polaroids.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

UFO Haiti

Brian Maffitt posted this one to the AE List. Nice CGI and color correction, he says. I agree. Take a look at the auto focus effect. I'm sure you'll be seeing this one on one of those UFO specials on the Discovery Channel on Friday nights.

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Be Kind Rewind Theatrical Trailer by Michel Gondry

Be Kind RewindBe Kind Rewind, a movie coming out this fall from Michel Gondry, stars Jack Black. The trailer has some fun bad video tape effects and cool titles with little stickers on VHS tapes, plus some clever animated remakes of films - like the puppets in the remake of Jurrasic Park.

Okay, who rents video tapes anymore! I hope this is supposed to be set in the 80s.

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Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat

Modest Mouse, another band I saw at Lollapalooza 2007, is one of those groups like The White Stripes and Bjork, who you just expect to have good music videos. Missed the Boat has a 1950's feel with a boxy robot who's in love with a girl on tv, a coquettish Donna Reed daughter type.

They have a great hologram effect from the robot and some lazer beams as he fights this srange alien creature with lipstick and nail polish. The effects are a playful and from a bygone era. The video is lots of fun.

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Silverchair - Reflections of a Sound

Silverchair had some fame in the early 90s as a teenage grunge band. I still had that idea in my head when I caught their show at Lollapalooza 2007. Their music has evolved in many directions since then, and their video looks nothing like Smells Like Teen Spirit (although, that's a great video). The poppy Reflections of a Sound, directed by Damon Escott and Stephen Lance, uses all sorts of effects and incorporates the band into Postmoder paintings of Piet Modrian, Andy Warho, as well as other pieces of art... Daniel Johns as the Mona Lisa! The effects are colorful and fun, mixing styles seamlessly. Lots of masking and compositing.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Anagram Skateboards

anagram A delicious spot for Anagram Skateboards. Jim G. sent me the link, but Jim has a log-in and he could post it. Jim oh Jim. ;-) He tells me that it's shot and produced by a Frenchman and they used Magic Bullet 2.

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Múm - They Made Frogs Smoke 'Til They Exploded

REally strange and interesting video directed by Ingibjorg Birgisdottir. I'm guessing that is Icelandic.


(Via: Antville)

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Talib Kweli - Hot Thang/In the Mood

Hot Thang/In the Mood directed by Bernard Gourley, this is essentially two videos in one, and the first one is by far the coolest. It's totally a take on the HP commercials and it's so well done. It's very slickly produced and fun to watch. Something like this would need to be planned ever so carefully. The ice cube shot is great.

Is that the guy from Black Eyed Peas?

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bjork - Inocence

This video was one of 10 finalists in a contest to make the Innocence video. This one is by Dimitri Stankowicz. I don't really know any thing about the video or artist, but it looks amazing.


Bjork - innocence by dimitri-stankowicz
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Punk da Junk: A Journey of Epic Nutrition

I've been posting info here and there about Get Outta My Face - a non-profit org that teaches kids to eat well and to block out the corporate junk food ads and messages that we are bombarded with daily. GOMF is taking videos by students about nutrition and healthy lifestyles and putting them into this massive collection of videos. It's to raise awareness for what we all know is a huge problem in the US and elsewhere. They're still taking videos so if you're young enough to participate, please do! Or, help your kids make a video.

Winner of Best of Show and Best 72 hour shootout at BendFilm's Future Filmaker's Festival.

This video took 31 hours to make: 20.5 to film and 10.5 to edit.


They've done a lot of really cool hand drawn animations and some stop motion at the end. It's a great video.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Luscious Life - Patrick Watson

A gorgeous video with lots of texture, paper cutouts and grunged up film effects and a bit of 3D. It was directed by Gabriel Coutu-Dumont, a multi-diciplinary artist from Montreal.

Patrick Watson's voice and style reminds me a bit of Jeff Buckley.

Luscious Life

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