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Marco Iozzi updates.

Macro Iozzi updates with his latest in vfx art direction, matte painting, and digital environments – including this great making-of video. Much more on his site, siulong.it

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | 6 Comments »

Smith & Foulkes: Inner Beauty for Honda

Incredibly creative fly-through for Honda in this extended edit from Nexus and Smith & Foulkes. Make sure to also check out the making of.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

Sanghon Kim for France 5

Great abstract character animation in this opener for Duels on France 5 by Sanghon Kim. Animation at Mathematic.tv. Animation lead: Ruben Sellem.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Animation through pottery from Crafts Council


Clever use of the potters’ wheel – and pottery – as a Zoetrope by the Crafts Council

Friday, December 20th, 2013 | Comments Off

Luke Saunders: One Minute Memories

Luke Saunders re-interprets his travels through Indonesia in this wonderfully animated passion piece.

Friday, July 12th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Digital Currency and You.

As our industry changes, it’s important to keep an eye on how trends in the wider world can affect us. While Motionographer does not specifically endorse companies or products, we do like to occasionally share interesting developments.

Our creative world is becoming more international than ever. Where entire jobs used to be done at huge studios, small teams around the world now collaborate.

But when it comes to getting everyone paid, the global financial system hasn’t kept up. International money transfers are expensive, slow, and generally a hassle for everyone involved.

There may be a solution on the horizon. Digital currencies like Bitcoin, LiteCoin, and Ripple are completely re-imagining the idea of money – and they have the potential to make it easier to settle up anywhere in the world.

Today, to pay an artist internationally, a studio either needs to send an international wire transfer – which is expensive, slow, and often requires a trip to the bank, or use a service like PayPal – which usually charges a high fee (3-4%) to the artist getting paid. And in some countries like Argentina, currency controls make it almost impossible for an artist to receive money from overseas without having a foreign bank account.

Soon, the process may get  easier – and cheaper. Studios will be able to go online and use a small app or encrypted website to transfer digital currency anywhere in the world with almost no transfer fees – far less than 1%. And the process will only take minutes.

Digital currency has several important potential advantages over the current systems. Transfers are fast, inexpensive, and incorporate strong cryptography that makes them anonymous. Digital currency is also immune to the capital controls that plague many developing countries.

It’s important to keep in mind that this is a work in progress, rather than an alternative that is ready today.

Converting from digital currency into “old” money – dollars, euros, pesos, etc – is still harder than it should be. The exchange rates between digital currencies and real currencies can still go through big swings, and digital currency is similar to cash – if you lose the file, or forget your cryptographic key, it’s gone. There’s no bank to call for customer service.

Today, digital currency is no longer purely experimental – but not quite mainstream. It represents a cool attempt to bring the ideas of open architectures, distributed networks, and cryptography to money. In the larger perspective, it represents a shift away from global dominance by governments and banking conglomerates to a distributed financial system.

Digital currency could one day become a faster, cheaper, and more secure way to get paid for international work. It’s something every artist should keep an eye on.

To learn more, check out these links:

  1. Bitcoin
  2. LiteCoin
  3. Ripple
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 | 9 Comments »

Google’s Project Loon and How We Create the Future

Google’s latest gloriously ambitious initiative, Project Loon, is all over the news this week. This beautiful piece – directed by Google Creative Lab with Mixtape Club acting as the production company – explains Project Loon. Wired has also written an in-depth look at the history and goals of the project.

Project Loon is groundbreaking work. But it’s only one of many futuristic projects that Google is involved in. From self-driving cars, to the future of energy, to artificial intelligence, to (yes) Google Glass, the ways in which Google pursues so many mad scientist initiatives – many of which are only distantly related to what actually makes Google money – are what makes the company so interesting.

But do you have to be Google to be so ambitious? Does it take billions of dollars to have the freedom to pursue these crazy (awesome) goals? I don’t think so. We work in an industry that, on a good day, is filled with brilliantly creative folks. What kind of crazy projects are we doing to help create the future? I’m interested to know. Share your stories in the comments – and I’ll put together a roundup.


Monday, June 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Below E3 Reveal


Very excited about Below, the upcoming game from Capy, the co-creators of Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Pinata for McDonald’s


Beautiful, wonderfully animated piece by Pinata for McDonald’s

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Lucinda Schreiber for Telstra

Great stop motion paper animation from Lucinda Schreiber for Telstra.


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 | Comments Off

Big Black Delta “Side of the Road”


Stylish, minimal music video for Big Black Delta from Warren Kommers

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 | 15 Comments »

Motorville by Patrick Jean

Patrick Jean returns with this thoughtful, clever piece about everyone’s favorite hydrocarbon. Packed with nice little details.


Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Onesize for Warde: “Home Is A Quest” (Director’s Cut)

Onesize branches into character work with this very nice – and very inventive – piece for Warde. Personal favorite: momma bird. There is a lot to like in this Director’s Cut, but one thing I particularly notice after a couple of watches: the well handled character animation is a real foundation in supporting the larger world concept.

Be sure to check out the making of as well:


Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 | 8 Comments »

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 »

Marco Iozzi updates.

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Marco Iozzi has just posted an update of his latest work in visual effects design, look development, traditional photography and digital environments. Spectacular as always, including environment work for the recently posted God Of War trailer.

Monday, February 18th, 2013 | Comments Off

Mischa Rozema’s Stardust

Stardust is PostPanic director Mischa Rozema’s haunting love letter to loss, exploration, and Voyager 1. When I was a kid, I thought that Voyager’s golden record – which makes a cameo here – was simply incredible. I still do.


Friday, February 1st, 2013 | 14 Comments »

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Opening Cinematic

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Opening Cinematic

More incredible cinematic work for Blizzard in this cinematic for StarCraft II..

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | 4 Comments »

Moon Rock by George Dunning


Classic quickie! Check out Moon Rock, a 1970 short film from George Dunning, the director of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Via io9.

Monday, January 7th, 2013 | Comments Off

Fleur & Manu for M83

Fleur & Manu complete their trilogy for M83 with this spectacular mystic masterpiece. And to recap – here are the previous two:

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 | Comments Off

JBL “Ear of the Tornado” by Psyop

“Ear of the Tornado” has the fantastic quality we look forward to from Psyop – but it’s also an object lesson in how to nail the one shot approach. In lesser hands, this could easily have turned into a 45 second slog, but here, the pacing is incredible.

Bonus points – the airborne string of lights that we start to really see around the 26 second mark.

Extra bonus points – a behind the scenes:


Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 | 8 Comments »

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