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Vinicius Costa New Work
Vinicius Costa updates with new lush and colorful original artwork, style frames and making-of videos. Set your browser window to full size.
Tronic & Marco Brambilla – Spec Ops Game Trailer
Sherlock’s Daughter “Kids” Music Video
Wonderfully animated characters and environments in this music video for Australian band Sherlocks Daughter by Emilie Boyard and Marc Chevry
The Power of Time Off
With only a few days left in 2009, it seems a fitting time to take a moment and reflect on this past year – but more importantly think ahead to the coming years and what we want out of them.
In a TED talk given earlier this year, Stefan Sagmeister (renowned graphic designer for his album covers, posters, and recent books on life lessons) shares his unique view about the power of time off.
One of those most intriguing parts of his talk is the idea that we spend around the first 25 years of our life focused on learning, the next 40 years are dedicated to work (and lots of it in our industry) and around 15 years towards the end of our lives are reserved for retirement.
Sagmeister not only suggests, but has put into practice the idea to cut off 5 of those retirement years and intersperse them between the working years with creative sabbaticals. Even if you don’t agree with this exact structure of taking time off (instead of a full year like Sagmeister, it could be a couple weeks, or a month or a few months), it can’t be denied that in our demanding lines of work, planning for and making the most of time off has alot of power that comes back to reward us in often unexpected ways.
We are interested to hear from those (in this post’s comments) that have taken sabbaticals and what they learned, gained, and would do differently on their next one.
Computerlove transforms itself into an alternative network of 3 websites (Cpluv.org and Cpluv.me coming soon) with a fresh new look.
Taxi Canada for MSN
C4D MoDynamics – AixSponza Video
AixSponza demos new features from Mograph 2′s new MoDynamics system. See more of what MoDynamics can do here.
3D Generalist George Longo updates
3D Generalist George Longo updates with nice new site and works
Mark Kulakoff’s latest site and work
Adobe CS4 Artists
See how Nando Costa, Genevieve Gauckler, Erik Natzke, Johnny Kelly, and Cisma create using Adobe CS4. Great behind the scenes stuff too.
Smith & Foulkes Interview
Nike Running: Men vs. Women
With Gnarls Barkley crooning through their earbuds, some well-known sports celebrities turn on the juice and go shoe to shoe in this sixty second rivalry. The women get some help from world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe and dancer Sofia Boutella. The men are supported by Roger Federer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tony Parker, among others.
The 72andSunny/Nike team are no strangers to recruiting superstar athletes for their campaigns – my favorite being the “Take It to the Next Level” soccer spot directed by Guy Ritchie posted on Motionographer back in April of 08.
It’s refreshing to see an agency sell a concept that doesn’t rest on explaining the technology behind the product, but rather finds a way to appeal to what really gets our blood flowing – an old fashioned rivalry.
Digital Domain Campaigns for Lexus
Hot off the heels of Benjamin Button’s Oscar success, Digital Domain’s commercial division shows us what they’ve been up to with a three-spot campaign for the 2010 Lexus RX. They’ve been getting plenty of airtime on TV, but in case you’ve missed them, take a look:
The spots were directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and had some top notch talent on board with DP Claudio Miranda (nominated for an Oscar for cinematography) and production designer Donald Graham Burt (won the Oscar for set design).
The first two spots are filled with a beautiful blend of visual effects and live action, while the third spot is mostly live action with a sparse graphic touch. Some of my favorite moments from “Assembled” are the conveyor belt moving almost snake-like over the black leather couch and the pull-out shot of the car being assembled by robotic arms on the street.
“City” has its own share of visually rich shots and easily convinces you that a whole city of cars and buildings were literally hoisted up for your traffic-free pleasure.
If you haven’t already had your fill of car commercials, take some time to browse Digital Domain’s ever-growing library of 45+ automotive spots in the Advertising / Automotive section of their website.
If you’re a fan of Digital Domain’s work, remember that Ed Ulbrich, Executive Vice President and President of Commercials Division, will be speaking at F5.
Joseph Chan Updates
The talented Joseph Chan updates with a clean site and tight work.