Monday, March 29, 2010

Ida Walked Away by takcom

Ida Walked Away from takcomā„¢ on Vimeo.

Video for the Portland band AU, from their new release Versions.

Music : AU

Video : Takafumi Tsuhiya /TAKCOM

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Inspirations: You've Heard of Chatroulette, Now There's Reelroulette!

A great way to find talent, and great way to find inspirations too! Click "Next Reel" to see a random motion design reel. If you see a reel you like, just hit "Like This Reel". This will help bring the best reels to the top. Check it out


Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness

Oh how I wish I had a bigger video for this one. The story is that Megaforce, a French post house, did this amazing video, but rumor has it Kudi didn't like his performance in the video. I think the video is AMAZING. Kudos to Megaforce. The other video isn't bad but this has some pretty stellar effects. It's all MC Eschery. The song is pretty excellent too, featuring MGMT and Ratatat.

Watch it here


Disco Biscuits - On Time

Disco Biscuits "On Time".

Some of you may know David Torno. He's a friend and I interviewed him and Brandon Parvini for their work on Flight of The Conchords' Ladies of the World.

David Torno and Michele Yamazaki

David Torno and Michele Yamazaki. Note: David is not really that short, nor is Michele really that tall. It's all an illusion, kids.

David recently worked on this new Disco Biscuits music video, On Time, which I must say is SUPER catchy song and the video is fantastic! All the post was done by the same core team that did the Linkin Park 'New Divide' video last year, and they are brimming with talent. Every video I've ever seen from them is slick!

The video premiered this week on MTV Networks. David said, "The director is Noah Rappaport, a colleague and very good friend of mine. This is his directorial debut. 'On Time' was a post heavy video that involved animating and compositing a CG robot, aka "Roger", into a real world environment as well as having him interact with live action actors." David worked on the C4D Lighting Rigs, 3D Motion Tracking, Virtual Set Creation.

So what else was involved in the creation? The post was done with Cinema 4D and After Effects. Cinema 4D was used to model, texture, light and animate Roger the robot. The smoke effects were also done with C4D. The color correction, environment lighting enhancement, Roger re-lighting effects, spark effects, handheld motion, DOF matching and virtual set creation were done in After Effects.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Buddha PBS Promo

Just beautiful.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Can- by Carlos Lascano

The Can from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

Honorable Mention 2D animated film at The Hyde Tube Festival 2009/Paris

Written and Directed by Carlos Lascano More Info

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Little Dragon - After the Rain

Some really interesting effects. Music video directed by Francois Vogel.


Columbia Pictures Logo History Montage

Kind of interesting how it evolved over the years.

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Monday, March 15, 2010


It's a bit dark, I'd highly recommend you watch it full screen. Truly amazing- RealFlow used for fluid simulation?

"Nokta (Dot) is an abstract film project which is an improvisation of organic pieces while considering themes like power, chance and luck. I also wanted a perspective that can be subjectified by viewers."

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

1925 aka Hell

1925 aka Hell (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo.

Wow, this video is mesmerizing in a creepy way. "The films were created during 5 days in February 2010 with students at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark." Directed by Max Hattler.

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Best Animated Short film Oscar to H5- Logorama

Winner of Best Short Film Category at the 2010 Oscars goes to H5, a collective of directors

"Spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city... and even more in LOGORAMA!"

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

OK Go- This Too Shall Pass

OK so no visual effects here (if there were it would ruin the whole effect!), but this is too fun not to post to inspirations. This insanely huge and complicated Rube Goldberg-esque device was built by the band over the course of several months. One camera take! I wonder how many times they had to go through this to get it to work flawlessly.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

JESS3 / The State of the internet

I just find this sort of data really interesting. I'm a bit of a data geek. Also, this makes me feel completely insignificant. I am one of 1.7 billion, and so are you.

JESS3 / The State of The Internet from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo.

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Gorillaz- Stylo

Gorillaz have gone full CG and continue to break ground on new video "Stylo"- a compositing and vfx masterpiece. New album "Plastic Beach" will be out March 8/9th US.

gorillaz cg

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