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Carlos Lascano: Lila

In this lyrical and poetic piece, Carlos Lascano, transforms the world with the help of Lila, a young woman reminiscent of Am√©lie, who “can’t resign herself to accept reality as flat as she perceives it” says Lascano.

Lascano’s talent as an animator has long been acknowledged, and in this film, his directing skills really shine. No dialogue is needed here to move the story’s concept forward and Alma Garcia’s acting is flawless from beginning to end. Lascano describes the film as the completion to a trilogy, which include “A Short Love Story in Stop Motion” and “A Shadow of Blue.”

In a Short Love Story, a young girl daydreams about what she has just drawn on paper, while in a Shadow of Blue, a young girl finds her inspiration in the flight of monarch butterflies. All three films are filled with a sense of hope and optimism, and portray a world in which life and fantasy become one. Lila is a mesmerizing conclusion to a thematic trilogy that suggests that there may be. and should be, a little of Lila in all of us.

Hat tip to Valeria Sandoval

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Bang Bang

A moving choreography by Savannah College of Art and Design student Chelsea Jones, merges dance and animation in a breathtaking single take.

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The Daniels: DJ Snake & Lil Jon “Turn Down for What” [NSFW]

Riotous, orgiastic and surreal, the latest music video from directing duo The Daniels is a hyper-sexual dance party that even the cops can’t resist.

NSFW: While there’s no outright nudity, the rhythmic pulsing of certain body parts might not be office appropriate for all of you.

More from The Daniels

Passion Pit “Cry Like A Ghost”

Tenacious D’s “Rize of the Fenix”

Foster the People’s “Don’t Stop”

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RIP Alain Resnais

Occasionally, one must break the tradition of writing only about work that includes some form of animation, in order to recognize one of the giants of film.

With the loss of Chris Marker in 2012 and the loss of Alain Resnais two days ago, we may be witnessing the end of an era that will forever be inscribed as one of the most powerful and magical in the history of film, and in the history of film-informed mediums. Resnais, whose career sprung from Hiroshima Mon Amour, a film as poignant as it is inventive, often resisted labels and classifications.

Unafraid of tackling difficult topics, he directed Night and Fog, a documentary shot in Auschwitz some ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, as well as the bold and mesmerizing experimental film, Last Year in Marienbad. While his films were often perceived as French new-wave emblems, as films about the intermingling of war and memory, about subjectivity and love, about dream and loss, Resnais never made the same film twice. He was a film ‚Äúauteur‚ÄĚ only in the sense that he reinvented himself over and over again, with the same finesse, courage and fearlessness.

His film career may be one of the richest and most diverse ones of the Silver Screen. Exploring every role of production, Resnais seamlessly navigated between the roles of director, editor, writer, even cinematographer. He tackled all topics with intelligence, and tapping into the great minds of writers such as Jean Cayrol, Marguerite Duras, Jorge Sempr√ļn and Alain Robbe-Grillet. He was one of a kind.

“Voil√†. Maintenant. Je suis √† vous.”

 

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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.

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Patrick Clair + Elastic: HBO’s True Detective

One of our favorite projects from 2013 was Patrick Clair’s launch trailer for Tom Clancy’s The Division, a global conspiracy theory rendered in elegant typography and metaphorical imagery.

With the same understated poignance that is his hallmark, Mr. Clair’s latest project is a title sequence created in collaboration with Antibody (Clair’s studio) and Elastic for HBO’s new series, “True Detective.”

In an interview with Art of the Title, Clair explains:

As we started to plan the movement and animation, we faced some interesting challenges. We wanted the titles to feel like living photographs. But the footage was too kinetic and jumpy and stills were too flat and static. Many shots feature footage that has been digitally slowed to extreme degrees. The digital interpolation and artefacts created by slowing footage down often looks strange or tacky, but we found that in this case it evoked a surreal and floaty mood that perfectly captured what we were after.

Read more in Art of the Title’s excellent interview.

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Syndrome takes Pause in Melbourne

Syndrome Studio creates the opening titles for the 2014 Pause Fest in Melbourne, Australia. Executive Producer, Monica Blackburn describes the project as “a dream project with full creative freedom” in which “we envisioned the sequence as a journey through a surreal, living art installation piece. Visually representing each aspect of the festival – start-ups, motion, gaming, web and creativity – as physical objects that combine and interlock to form a whole, the open underlines the festival’s theme, “everything is connected”.

The mixture of dated and futuristic technologies, of dusty machinery and glossy interfaces, shape this wonderful homage to the creative process, in which live action and CG merge seamlessly to form a lyrical technological dance.

Music and Sound Design by Echoic.

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