Cyriak: Bonobo “Cirrus”

Cyriak is no stranger to Motionographer. His experiments in looping animations are the closest thing you can get to a mind-altering experience without ingesting psychedelic drugs. This is both economical and fun.

His latest, a music video for Bonobo’s “Cirrus,” features the same surreal looping technique for which Cyriak is celebrated, with source material that looks as though it was mined from the public domain video treasure trove, The Prelinger Archive.

As the video progresses, its campy tableaux morph and coalesce into nightmare machines and gigantic robots of consumerism gone amok. It’s beautifully creepy stuff, done the way only Cyriak can do it.

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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.


Rajesh Kumar

hey how its made in which software .. its awesome i really like it alot ..

Helga Fannon

I’m dying to know asweel!

Justin Cone

As Cyriak says on his About page:

“I use adobe photoshop and after effects for most of my animations..”

So it’s just a lot of painstaking Photoshop and After Effects work. I assume he’s using PS to isolate elements and clean up background plates and using AE for most of the animation.

Salva C

Yes, as some others replied, he uses Photoshop and AE.

He also made an AMA 2 years ago in Reddit


I don’t see it as anti-consumerism completely. I think there is a technology juggernaut that is our god, but we manage him with our minds, so we can do good.

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