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NYC ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Industry Spotlight, This Thursday, April 3, 2014


On Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00PM, NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present Industry Spotlight 2014. Admission is free to all NYC ACM SIGGRAPH members, $10 for professionals, and $5 for students.

Now in it’s twelfth year, this event features some of the top animation and post-production facilities from the NYC-metropolitan area. The presenters will share a bit about their company, show some of their recent work, and discuss future projects. The following companies are confirmed as of March 21, 2014: Buck, Light of Day, The Mill, The Molecule, MPC, Mr X Gotham, Psyop, th1ng, and UVPHACTORY.

Complete details about the event, including new companies as they are added, can be at nyc.siggraph.org and facebook.com/nycacmsiggraph.

Monday, March 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

HUSH: Release 2014

In Release 2014, HUSH gathers 100 vocal “releases” about the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 and translates them into visual forms.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 | Comments Off

Naoki Yoshibe 2D FX Reel

Naoki Yoshibe (aka yotube) totally killing it with his 2D FX Reel.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 | Comments Off

Miwa Matreyek

Animator/performance artist Miwa Matryek incorporates the silhouette of her own body into projections of her lush animations. Having seen her perform at last year’s Vimeo Festival, I can attest to the power of combining a live theatrical performance with clever front and rear-projection. There’s a bit of magic as you see the “cuts” happen in real life – one moment a hand looms large in frame, her silhouette thrown huge across the screen, the next moment an entire body wanders into frame.

Matryek has two upcoming performances:

See her previous work, Myth and Infrastructure, below. My favorite “movement” starts at 2:53 – when the living silhouette serenely becomes part of the environment, rather than just creating one-to-one interactions.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 | Comments Off

New York Q&A with VFX Soldier

New York Q&A With VFX Soldier this Saturday, January 18 at SVA.
Daniel Khin Lay aka VFX Soldier will be in town to discuss efforts to curb VFX subsidies and the formation of ADAPT: The Association of Digital Artists, Professionals, and Technicians.

Monday, January 13th, 2014 | Comments Off

Caleb Wood: Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop

Love, love, love the chasing the rabbit sequence at 2:08 in Caleb Wood’s Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 | Comments Off

Saschka Unseld & Pixar: The Blue Umbrella Making-Of Holiday Calendar

The highlight of my 2013 advent calendar season was Saschka Unseld‘s The Blue Umbrella Making-Of Holiday Calendar.

Now that all twenty-four days have been revealed, enjoy a master class in making an animation short – from reading the original pitch to pre-enacting story beats with real umbrellas to early cinematography tests to story reels to color scripts to rain dramaturgy charts to amazing camera capture workflows.

Big thanks to Saschka and Pixar for sharing all of the hard work that went into creating this story!

Monday, December 30th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

e.d.Films (Daniel Gies): Killer AE Rigs

Daniel Gies (aka e.d.Films) keeps killing it with sick After Effects rigs. Some of the most inventive, intelligent rigs I’ve seen and thorough, generous tutorials to boot.

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Two Takes on Infinite Zoom with Psyop and Johnny Kelly

Enjoy the infinite zoom technique employed in two different styles — Psyop zooms into lush landscapes overrun with surreal details in Toshiba “Endless Performance” and Johnny Kelly zooms out through orthographic illustrations of a universe inhabited by books in New York Times Book Review “Holiday Books”. I particularly love the sound design moment by David Kamp where the cutting board syncs with the music.

For more zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom and a boom-boom, check out ZoomQuilt, ZoomQuilt II, and the classic Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames.


Saturday, December 28th, 2013 | 3 Comments »

Cy Kuckenbake: Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego Study #3

Cy Kuckenbake’s Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color: San Diego Study #3.
For more OCD-satisfying organization, check out Kuckenbake’s Landings and Departures, as well as public artwork CARPARK by Nina Katchedourian, Mark Tribe and Steven Matheson.

Friday, December 27th, 2013 | Comments Off

Moth Collective: Amazonia Security Agenda & Sarah’s Story

London-based Moth Collective (David Prosser, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, Daniel Chester and sound designer Joe Tate) recently released work for two causes – the Amazonia Security Agenda and the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).

For more about the making of the Amazonia Security Agenda, check out the excellent interview with Moth Collective by Rob Munday at Director’s Notes.

Sarah’s Story matches voiceover of a victim of abuse with a single POV shot out a train window. The landscape evolves to match the protagonist’s tale. I love how the illustrative style parallaxes and layers. The wind and rain in particular feel visceral.


Thursday, December 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Kyle Mowat: Ballpit

Kyle Mowat‘s thesis at Sheridan, Ballpit.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 | Comments Off

Chloe Nicolay: Quadruped Run Excercise

Chloe Nicolay’s Quadruped Run Exercise. Hat tip to TKSSS.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 | Comments Off

Markus Magnusson: Cat Mayhem

Markus Magnusson’s entry to the Animation Sequence Project, Cat Mayhem!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | Comments Off

Impactist: Cartoon Network “Halloween” and “Winter Holiday” Bumps

Love that Cartoon Network Summer Video? CMYK alums Impactist (aka Kelly Meador and Daniel Elwing) put together eight Halloween-themed promos for Cartoon Networks shows using characters and themes from each series. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. Nine winter-themed promos plus a new Impactist music track, Wintertone!

Monday, December 16th, 2013 | 5 Comments »

Ricardo Winter Bess

Two nice motion tests by Brazil-based Ricardo Winter Bess. Elektra and Gravity.

Monday, December 16th, 2013 | Comments Off

Carl Krull: Walker

We’ve posted Carl Krull‘s beautiful time-lapse drawings before. Love the camera motion in Walker, a spot made for a campaign focused on traffic safety. Sound by Simon Steen-Andersen.

Friday, December 13th, 2013 | Comments Off

LAIKA: Box Trolls Trailer

Hardcore behind-the-scenes lovin’ in the new Box Trolls trailer from LAIKA. Hat tip to Cartoon Brew.

Friday, December 13th, 2013 | Comments Off

Ian Worrel: Gravity Falls

Catching up with some lovely concept art and backgrounds by Ian Worrel for Gravity Falls, Paranorman, and more. Make sure to check out this nice environmental clip.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Comments Off

Louis Morton: Passer Passer

Synaesthesia? Yes, please. Louis Morton‘s Passer Passer caught my eye in Cartoon Brew’s excellent Sundance coverage. It kicks off with echoes of Oskar Fischinger, but then compellingly walks the line between representational and abstract images, layering them visually with the elastic logic that works best in animation. Amazing sound design provided by Katie Gately.

For more of Louis’s work, check out Shape Dance (co-directed with Amy Lee Ketchum, the deliciously physical Adobe First Frame opener (embedded below), and more synaesthesia in Platter.

Hat tip to Cartoon Brew.


Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

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