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Archive for January, 2009

Caviar & Nicographics for Towa Tei’s ‘Mind Wall’

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The Japanese did it again!

Been a while since I watched a music video that ticks all the right boxes. Is well-paced, not draggy. Has delightful, visual transitions. Accompanies a great song. Puts a smile on my face, making a drab workday afternoon much more bearable.

This video for the new single ‘Mind Wall’ by DJ Towa Tei (feat. Miho Hatori) did all these and more. Refreshingly kooky, with a marker-pen like texture that reminds me of those brilliant 80s/90s Japanese stationery graphics and adolescent scribbles, it’s such a visual treat. Exuberant and clever, almost effortlessly.

From what I could decipher, thanks to Google Translate, it was directed by Takeshi Nakamura for the Japanese production company ‘Caviar,’ illustrated by Hiroshi Hisashi and Yuko Yasunaga from Nicographics.

This article at White-Screen.jp outlines the production process, and some background info on Nicographics. I find it interesting that the illustrations are done using Cintiq 21 UX,, and it seems that the project’s workflow is quite different to that of a western studio.

The automatic translation is rather confusing, however. So if any of you is fluent in Japanese, do help us out with deciphering the info!

Thanks to Graham Cross for the tip! Oh, and don’t forget to click ‘watch in high quality’ option.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 | 3 Comments »

Yuval and Merav Nathan for Oren Lavie

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I know this piece has been up for close to a week now. However, after some great feedback across the board, I’ve decided to upgrade to a full-post.

If you haven’t already, check out Yuval and Merav Nathan’s video for Oren Lavie’s song, Her Morning Elegance. This delicately choreographed film is a perfect example of how stop-motion can continue to be a fresh technique when backed by a strong narrative, thoughtful details and a bit of personal flare. Also take notice of this piece’s relatively one-shot approach and beautifully executed animation; a by product of pre-vis using 3d dummies during pre-production.

Credits

Friday, January 30th, 2009 | 8 Comments »

Roman Konigshofer Graduates

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Roman “rawmeyn” Konigshofer graduates and updates his site with a strong reel

Friday, January 30th, 2009 | 4 Comments »

Axis creates new production company, Flaunt

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Axis Animation spins off a new production company, Flaunt

Friday, January 30th, 2009 | Comments Off

Psyop: Coke “Heist”

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For this weekend’s Super Bowl ad-o-rama, Psyop and Weiden+Kennedy Portland teamed up create another epic tale of longing for Coke.

Like the 2007 “Happiness Factory,” created for W+K Amsterdam, “Heist” stars inventive little critters, but this time they’re modeled after Mother Nature’s designs. Psyop did a brilliant job walking the fine line between realism and anthropomorphic cuteness.

A Q&A with Psyop’s Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick will be here soon. Credits here.

Friday, January 30th, 2009 | 6 Comments »

TVE La Hora de Jose Mota

La Hora de Jose Mota

Fresh from Oink digital, Madrid. Tomás Peña directed this show opener for La Hora de Jose Mota. With a crew of 6 people and only 6 weeks (and a miniscule budget to match), they achieved quite a feat!

Credits

Friday, January 30th, 2009 | 3 Comments »
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