Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Guitar Hero III commercial

Bad ass is right.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Pangs - Fighterplane

FighterplaneFighterplane is a beautiful, complex video with lots of layers and nice lighting effects. I love how they composited the video and flat art layers. Nice camera moves too. The video was directed by zeroh. The song is great, too. All around, it's awesome.

Via Antville

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Hitboutique - I Was Made for Loving You

Who can resist a KISS cover with a sweet, breathy female vocals? I can't! Michael Fragstein's video for I Was Made for Loving You has a vector graphic over textured background kinda look. Nothing really new in the video (Barry, anyone?), It's animated and flows nicely and there are some interesting 3D moves, especially down the stairs. I don't really think the video and the song go together and I don't get the symbolism of the watering cans. I do like the song... a lot. The song brings up a feeling of a Montmarte cafe. I would've done a street scene with a woman at a cafe sipping a glass of Coteau du Layon as she sings about the man of her dreams.

Via Antville


Petits Pois / Carottes

I never thought maggots could be so cute! This 3D animated piece shows the life of a maggot who becomes a fly and has to fight for the last little pea. It's really adorible and clever and so well done. That little fly went all Macauley Caulkin on those other flies.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dirty Trousers Trailer

Dirty TrousersI was talking to Tony Griffin who is one of the guys who runs the Thriller! Chiller! Festival in Grand Rapids, MI. He told me about a Michigan film maker and digital animator, Dan Land, who would be speaking at the festival about his film, Dirty Trousers, discussing techniques used by featuring before and after clips of his film as examples of digital animation using Adobe After Effects. (Michigan, represent!)

I was very suprised when I saw the trailer. It has a film noir feel, in black and white with spot color and lots of old film effects. It looks freakin' awesome.

If you're interested in checking out the film and filmmakers, the presentation is at the Wealthy Theatre, Saturday, October 27, 2007, 11:30am and $5 will get you in the door. I'm hoping I can interview the filmmaker or tape his presentation and put it on the website. More on the Thriller! Chiller! Festival. They're playing Black Sheep on Friday night!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Inner Life of a Cell

Beautiful animation of cells. Fascinating. No idea what it is exactly, but its gorgeous. This was made by Biovisions at Harvard University.

There's a larger, cleaner-than-YouTube version at Studio Daily.

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Gravy - Rock Scientists

This is just cool.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Tomer Bahat's Music Videos

Tomer Bahat is a music video artist in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tomer said that these "two low-budget, post-production based music videos I made, all using desktop software, here in Israel. The first is a music video done with a combination of make-up effects, Adobe After Effects and Autodesk Combustion integrated with RE:Vision Effects RE:Flex morpher..."

Didi Erez (ft. Sivan Shavit) - Every Look

"It is basically a series of morphs of the singer to himself (with his girlfriend), along with some clever masking, CC [Cycore Effects] and lighting effects. It was filmed with a Panasonic HVX-200 camera, at 37 fps.

"The second is a video made with two locked (static) Panasonic HVX-200 cameras, creating an ultra HD (1080p) frame, that is manipulated in 3D space in Adobe After Effects (all the DVE is done entirely in post)..."

Avigail Rose - Maybe

"The basis is room constructed in a studio, with 5 different set dressing schemes (later enhanced and sewn together in Adobe Photoshop, including some split-exposition lighting effects)."

Very nice work! Thank you for the submissions, and we welcome anyone who has work of their own, or has seen something worth sharing, to please let us know!


Friday, October 19, 2007

Sweet Starfire - Mott Julian

This is so bizarre, it's awesome. Trapcode Starglow? Echospace, maybe? I can't stop watching the video. I love it. Totally fun effects.

I will have 'Sweet Schtarfire... all across the univearse' in my head all night. Thanks Jim G. for the great link!

That reminds me a bit of Zilad's Electronic Supersonic. ROFL.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

Okay, this is just disturbing. This is for children! The creators are very talented and creative, but man, this is creepy.

(Via Axiomsun

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Cosmic Zoom

Take a trip from Venice, Italy to the far reaches of space. Yes we're very small. Take 10 steps from St. Marks Cathedral (well if they're Power of 10 steps) and you're looking at the universe.

Via Axiom Sun


Plaid - Itsu

Directed by the Pleix Collective, Itsu video has lots of motion 'info graphics' (like you see in USA Today) and green screen shots of the board room. It's very clever how they mixed overt sexuality with charts about the pork industry. Mmmmm, bacon.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Dear Honey - Dusty Rhodes and the River Band

The song Dear Honey is very cool and reminds me a bit of the quirkiness Split Enz with the Irish influence of Victoria, BC's Shilaleigh.

The video, directed by Jurassic Technolgy, is unbelievably cool. The color effects are deep and gorgeous. There are lots of awesome effects and the compositing is surreal. The whole video is surreal. I love it!


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Get What You Want - Operator Please

Get What You Want is the new single from Australian band Operator Please. Lots of eye candy. This is just a really cool video. Directed by Mathematics.



Sunday, October 07, 2007

Reflection by Paxson Woelber

Simple, yet complex. Really interesting... the kind you want to watch a few times. It was done by Paxson Woelber in his senior year at Middlebury College in Vermont. Very well done. And deep. Very deep. I hope he got an A.

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Insect's Christmas

This is an old Russian stop motion film from 1913. It's really amazing and also creepy! Those dancing bugs are something out of a nightmare.

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The Arcade Fire presents Neon Bible

arcade fireThe Arcade Fire presents is an interactive video for the song Neon Bible from The Arcade Fire, a band that I really love.

Directed by Vincent Morisset, this piece is brilliant and clever and so different from the usual. It's Actionscript wizardry at it's finest. I have a feeling this video will trigger a wave of new interactive videos and rekindle the world's love of the art form known as music video, kind of like Guitar Hero has given the world a whole new appreciation for Deep Purple. Before long we will have peace in the Middle East. Thank you Vincent Morisset.

Click around Neon Bible and be entertained.

Via Antville

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Friday, October 05, 2007

All Over Again - Locksley

All Over AgainAll over Again by Locksley is incredible! It looks like it's all After Effects work with lots of cut out photos and stop motion and 3D camera work with depth of field. Very clever. It was directed by Mark Phillips.

Via Antville


Kitty Kat Rave

A little Friday night fluff. This is one of the oddest videos I've ever seen but they've done a great job animating still photos.

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Helio Fin Commercial

Great animation! I love the Flickr and YouTube sections. Really nice 3D and use of the Kaleidescope filter too.

Via Big Mike Design Blog

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