The Eye of the Storm

Well, classes are over and my finals are all turned in. I’m pretty pleased with my progress this quarter, but I’ve got a loooong way to go. There’s a certain kind of peace I find in that. Being at the bottom of the mountain is just depressing. Being at the top brings constant anxiety of falling off. But being on your way up means you have so much to look forward to.

During this calm between two storms (the summer and fall quarters), I’ll be doing a bit of work on Motionographer. For now, though, I present a small collection of links for your viewing pleasure.

Malajube: Montreal -40

Seth Shukovsky brings word of an endearing video for Montreal rockers Malajube.


It gets interesting about 1/3 of the way through, when the drawn world and the real world start to interact. Too bad the poor little buggers are doomed to die at the hands of aliens.

Not sure who’s responsible for the production/animation, though. Any tips would be appreciated.

Got a nice email from Boards magazine with some credits. The studio responsible for the animation was Mandarine 24 in Montreal. Full credits can be found on Boards.

Oktobor in August

The vfx and animation badasses at New Zealand-based Oktobor have some really nice work online.


Their Powerade “All Blacks” spot (no, it’s not what you think) sports some incredible vfx work, while their Nokia “Music” spot melts the aesthetics of Waking Life and Rokysopp’s “Remind Me” video into a hybrid style that works really well, I think.

Tracing Down Your Ancestors

Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems from the outside looking in that doing show opens for cable networks is crap work. I don’t know what they pay, but I have a feeling budgets are usually low and design constraints are high.

That didn’t keep Trace Pictures from doing a great job on the History Channel’s “Ancestors in the Attic” opener.


Now before you write it off as just another animated collage, take a look at the details. It’s a fantastically intricate spot brimming over with clever transitions that actually relate to the content of the show. The pacing is excellent, and the visuals, while diverse in style, flow together beautifully.

Trace is right on the edge of being added to the Cream. I’m still not entirely convinced, though… what do you guys think?

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



trace does some shweet pieces and its all because of the master compositor dave desjardins. you rawk dave!


Hi! About Malajube – Montreal -40 the clip was made by NúFilm ( I have a blog about motion too and the URL it’s The only problem it’s because it’s written in portuguese =)


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