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Nathan Rocks


“Rocky” is the second of the two spot Chips Ahoy campaign by Nathan Love. If you missed “Oz”, check it.

Unlike “Oz”, Rocky is character heavy, which is the life water for these guys. It also sports some artful 3D- lighting and shading. Straight up dandy.

“We’ve been in love with the Chips Ahoy campaign since we saw the first spot back in school. It was a huge honor when Kraft and DraftFCB approached us for the project,” says captain of the Nathan ship, Joe Burrascano. “They came to us because of our passion for bringing great characters to life.”


Thursday, February 26th, 2009 | 3 Comments »

Blirp Says Hi!


Fantastic character work in a fun package over at Argentinian studio Blirp

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 | Comments Off

The Graveyard


And now for something completely different. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon The Graveyard, but I’m glad I did. Calling it a video game doesn’t seem right; it’s an immersive, lightly-interactive audio-visual experience, the kind that gets exponentially better with the lights off and your headphones on.

Once you pilot the game’s character to the park bench at the far end of the graveyard, she sits down and a kind of music video (again, not the right term) starts. You can interrupt it whenever you choose, walk back to the graveyard’s entrance and end the game.

That’s it. That’s the whole game. (Well, that’s the whole demo.) But the experience is much greater than the sum of its parts. The game’s developer, Tale of Tales, helps explain the “point” of the game:

The purpose of Tale of Tales is to create elegant and emotionally rich interactive entertainment. We explicitly want to cater to people who are not enchanted by most contemporary computer games, or who wouldn’t mind more variety in their gameplay experiences. For this purpose, all of our products feature innovative forms of interaction, engaging poetic narratives and simple controls.

I really, really like the idea of using gameplay as a mode of presentation. The full-screen experience of gaming both literally and figuratively envelopes you, blurring the line between viewer and player. I think motion designers could do pretty amazing things within the expanding framework of video games.

In fact, now that I think of it, that’s precisely what Rex Crowle did with Media Molecule and LittleBigPlanet. He took his motion design (and character animation) background and fused it with a brilliant but simple concept for a video game. For anyone who’s played LBP, you know how Rex’s design sensibility infuses the entire game with a sense of beauty and friendliness that’s not found in most video games.

By the way, Media Molecule will be speaking at F5.


Thursday, February 26th, 2009 | 3 Comments »

CGSociety: Steampunk Challenge


Impressive winners in the CGSociety Steampunk Challenge

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment »

Mercedes Angels

Nice animation and nice style from Liga 01 for Mercedes.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment »

XYZ studios takes us on a journey with their latest piece Ticks for WWF


XYZ studios takes us on a journey with their latest piece, Ticks for WWF

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 | Comments Off

Joseph Chan Updates


The talented Joseph Chan updates with a clean site and tight work.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | 1 Comment »