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Archive for February, 2013

Michel Gondry and Boris Vian: a match made in heaven

There has been much talk this week about the woes of the visual effects industry. Snubs at the Oscars did not go unnoticed, including that of Ang Lee’s acceptance speech that failed to acknowledge the artists who helped him develop the look and visual flair of Life of Pi. Some think of visual effects as a tool to make the world appear believable and realistic, but it is far more than that, both in Lee’s film and in Gondry’s.

Appropriately, here is a reminder from Michel Gondry that visual effects are integral to the plot; they move the story forward, capture the viewer’s imagination and convey the author’s magical play with words. Michel Gondry’s “L’écume des Jours” is based on a classic French novel by Boris Vian, published in 1947. It is considered by many to be one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. A love story above all else, the story evolves in a world full of poetic and dream-like imagery, a world in which surrealist references abound; a flower grows in the main character’s lungs, threatening the couple’s happiness and their house shrinks around them.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 | 14 Comments »

Guillermo García Carsí & El Señor Studio: Doomed: a biological cartoon!

Finally online in all its full-length glory, Doomed: a biological cartoon! by Guillermo García Carsí and El Señor Studio introduce us to endearingly bizarre animals with questionable abilities to play the game of natural selection. Carsí is the creator of the internationally successful children’s show, Pocoyo and Doomed! shares the series’s focus on crafted character design against a simple background.

The wildlife documentary format, made famous by David Attenborough and Marty Stouffer, has inspired many an artist with its stranger than fiction zombie fungus insects and decked out birds of paradise. As with any template, playing within this form creates grounds ripe for humor, as in Waverly Films’ The Amazing Lyrebird of Australia – Unseen Footage. It’s a great framework for a television show – allowing El Señor to highlight as few or many creatures in one setting as they want, as well as leaving the door open to explore real world settings in the future – as hinted in the end of the short.

Hat tip to Short of the Week.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 | Comments Off

Beakus Studios + Daniel Chester/Moth: The Epistle

Seems only natural that Moth Collective would follow up the fantastic Mad Dogs and Englishmen by working with Beakus Studios on this section from the feature film A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. Directed by Moth member Daniel Chester, the results are awesome.

And yes: very funny, very NSFW.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Onesize: FITC Amsterdam

Stunning main titles for FITC Amsterdam 2013 by Onesize. The design is by Bradley G Munkowitz (aka GMUNK), who also did the whole design package for the festival. More info on the project and collateral pieces here (and a process video below).

The main inspiration for the creative came from the DMT-Delicious moments in the super-favorite film Enter the Void… Munko has been on a tunnel infinite-void kick for some years now and wanted to build a practical, LED installation driven by graphic sequencing, utilizing the techniques learned from the FOTB Titles and applying them into a more densely packed setup called the PYRADICAL… Once the Pyrad was constructed, the aim was to capture the visuals with both high-resolution Film and Still cameras, which would generate a vast library of content to pull from to produce the artwork for the Conference Package.


Monday, February 25th, 2013 | 9 Comments »

Cauboyz: Husbands “Dream”

Typography crazy Cauboyz create this sweet, simple music video for Husbands “Dream. Plus epic wiring in the Making Of.

Monday, February 25th, 2013 | Comments Off

The Mill Plus.

The Mill Launches The Mill+
A new temp.site that showcases their soup to nuts projects as directors and designers.
Stay tuned for a full update from them soon.

Monday, February 25th, 2013 | 11 Comments »

Keith Schofield: Darwin Deez “You Can’t Be My Girl”

While wandering through the internet, sometimes you come across something weird and beautiful. Keith Schofield who brought us singing crotches in the past, now had some fun with stock footage.

As funny and ridiculous as it is, the video also tells us a sad and over-romantic love story. Fall in love, get married, have children, grow old together, live happily ever after. The images of perfect commercial love give the whole story an extra dimension. It’s not his life, it’s not his girl. Frustration, anger and fighting follows. Although it’s not technically perfect all the time, who cares, it made me laugh.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 | 6 Comments »