Happycamper spent the fall of 2011 working alongside China Mobile to create an ambitious mixed-media piece in Wireless City. Using a combination of traditional model-making techniques and 3D technology, the spot bridges the gap between traditional and digital mediums. With a meticulous craftsmanship, the audience remains oblivious to the integration of contrasting techniques, and the difference between what is physical and inanimate becomes indistinguishable. The result is seamless. Working from sketches, maquette models, and architectural blue-prints, Happycamper enlisted the help of Vaidas Bagonas for character design, Milford for final models and Codsteaks for the creation of small props and set building.
Archive for January, 2012
I was introduced to “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” iPad app by my friend’s five-year-old son while traveling the North Island of New Zealand at the end of last year.
I remember being amazed by the quality and detail that went into this interactive narrative experience. Created by Moontbot Studios and directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, the app is an adaptation of the award-winning short-film of the same name that, as of last week, has been nominated for an Oscar.
Inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story about a man’s love for books. After a huge storm that takes everything from him, the protagonist finds himself in a magical place where books are alive and become his friends. The rest is a journey worth watching. Enjoy.
Legs hooked up with Diet Coke and put together an all-girl ensemble — of marionettes! Directed by Georgie Greville and Geremy Jasper, Love It Light introduces us to three British beauties who are having a bad day in the big city. The puppetry technique — originally coined as supermarionation — goes back to the 1960s but received a satirical embrace from the agency world after 2004′s Team America: World Police film stormed the box office. In lieu of computer-generated images, Legs runs with a look that’s more crass than polish and employs many hallmark devices of a prototypical girl drama.
The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards are in, and although they were announced last week, we thought we’d dig up snippets of each flick for Best Animated Short Film to share with you today. Say hello to the contenders!
Animated Short Film Nominees:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg)
Dimanche/Sunday (Patrick Doyon)
La Luna (Enrico Casarosa)
A Morning Stroll (Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe)
Wild Life (Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby)