Monday, May 31, 2010

The Third & The Seventh

From Spanish filmmaker Alex Roman, full of style and beauty comes this stunning short film.

A visual feast of poetic images done in a hyper-reality rendering style, with exceptional pieces of architecture,... Amazingly only a few elements (sky backgrounds, pigeons flying, the wandering photographer guy, etc.) are real.  The rest of this film is almost completely CGI (as in no real life footage).

Described as "Architecture through the cinematographic lens.  The visual fusion between the third and the seventh arts."

Watch this one in fullscreen mode:

Bonus feature:
Here is some "making of" footage:
Compositing Breakdown (T&S):

Watch this video now:

Exeter Shot -- Making Of:

Watch this video now:

A Story of Dogs

Here is a couple great vids, that one of my mentors Jay Jackson turned me onto, featuring some awesome character animation, as well as some "behind the scenes" footage:

A Story of Dogs:
"Making of" clips from Disney's (1955) "Lady And The Tramp"

Watch the video now (Part #1):

Watch the video now (Part #2):

More than 50 years since Lady And The Tramp's film debut and I'm still blown away by the animation! 
(I even had a Basset Hound we named "Lady")

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Some Interactive YouTube Videos

More from French Canadian autodidact director Patrick Boivin:

Bboy Joker:
An interactive breakdance competition in stop-motion...

Click on the video to interact, and let the awesomeness begin:

YouTube Street Fighter:
A Youtube video game in which you can control your character by clicking one of the 4 buttons (on the video player screen)...

Click on the video to interact, and let the awesomeness begin:

Bonus feature: 
Making of Bboy Joker:
A little video about the creating process...

Watch the video now:

Click here to see related post: "Hot Wheels Interactive YouTube Video"
Click here to see related post: "Stop Motion Animation Awesomeness"

Pure Genius Advertising Stunt


Anyone who's ever tied a string to a fly as a kid (or an adult) (I'm not admitting to anything :-) will truly appreciate this brilliant piece of non-traditional advertising...

"To promote their exhibition stand at the Franfurt Book Fair, Eichborn the publisher with the fly prepared 200 flies with an ultra light banner. The banner was attached with natural wax. After a short time the banner dropped off by itself. And the flies were not harmed."

Agency: Jung von Matt/Neckar

Friday, May 28, 2010

Stop Motion Animation Awesomeness

More from French Canadian autodidact director Patrick Boivin:
Ninja's Unboxing:
Commissioned by Google to promote Google's Nexus One phone:  When it comes to "unboxing", ninjas know how to handle things...

Watch the video now:

Boda Fett's Mandalorian Dance:
Patrick Boivin created this stop motion animated short with everyone’s favorite Star Wars bounty hunter; which he describes as "Boda Fett's worst nightmare!"

(LOL!) Watch the video now:

Bonus feature:
And just for fun --- Here is the original Ninja Unboxing storyboard (and animatic) for Google's Nexus One.

Watch the video now:

Aardman Animation, LAIKA... eat your heart out (:

Iron Baby

An Iron Man movie parody, from French Canadian autodidact director Patrick Boivin, starring his baby girl. The costume was created by her uncle STROB.

Patrick Boivin’s newest video has gone viral, including a mention on Twitter from Iron Man director Jon Favreau who tweeted “You need to see this if you like Iron Man or babies.”

Watch the video now:

Looky who is in NYC TIMESSSSSSS

This is cool.


Jessica Borutski, one of my former students (from back in the day when I taught some courses at Algonquin College for a few years) , has been popping up in the news lately for her redesign of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other iconic WB characters for a NEW animated TV series "The Looney Tunes Show" --- headed toward Cartoon Network this fall; for which she was sought out, and recruited by Warner Brothers, to be the Lead Character Designer.

Here is the New York Times article:

In an interview with Canadian Animation Resources, Jessica says, "I love the solidness of Jones’ drawings but the proportions of Clampett’s characters. I don’t like the late 50’s and early 60’s Chuck Jones’ cartoons, where Bugs and Daffy became tall and thin with broad shoulders. I really wanted to give them a more 1940’s proportion, but keeping it fresh by adding a more stylistic line quality and simplified shapes. I wish I could show you some but I’d be in big trouble. (:"

When Warner Bros broke the news online --- there was an initial reaction to the new TV series where some startled haters on the web lashed out by posting some nasty comments aimed at Borutski,... BUT... I think sanity has slowly returned and there seems to be a more of a "wait and see" approach now.  AND BESIDES THAT don't be aiming any nasty comments at Jessica, she's just doin' her job (silly people).

Attempts at revitalizing any number of beloved, old franchises is now the norm.  Some attempts end up not working so much, and some... some are AWESOME! ... Giving you all the more appreciation for a franchise as a whole... heck, as an example; look at the Batman franchise...

... I've lost count of all the various incarnations, and that is just some of the animated stuff.  Or the Star Trek franchise... Or...

But I digress...  

To Jessica:

Congrats on the kick ass gig, and rockin' it the way you do!!!  (:


... you (reader) can find out lots more about Jessica Borutski and her various achievements from an interview over at Canadian Animation Resources

... as well as a TV interview on CBC's The National

More of the Borutski media avalanche here, here, and here... and, of course, you can read more on Jessica's blog here:

In her spare time, over the last 4.5 years, Jessica continues work on her next short: "The Good Little Bunny with Big Bad Teeth" (which she hopes to have done this August).

Jessica was probably best well known for her 2005 Flash short: "I Like Pandas"

Keep Rockin!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Animating Dialogue: "Horton Hears a Who" --- Reference | Blocking | Refining

Another great video from Jeff Gabor.

Blue Sky Studio's animator Jeff Gabor shows with this comparison reel side by side, the reference, blocking, polish and final render passes of his shots based on some of his work on the animated feature film "Horton Hears a Who."


Here is a link to his website

Click here to see relate post: "Walk-through Videos: Jeff Gabor"
Click here to checkout "Horton Hears a Who" merchandise

"I'm on a Horse" - Behind the scenes of Old Spice Spot.

The continuing quest to make Old Spice "not your grandfather's brand" is in full swing...

Original spot.

Love it.

Philips Carousel: Best Continuous Shot Ever?

Back in April 2009, Stink Digital and Tribal DDB Amsterdam unleashed the fury with an incredible campaign for Philips’ Cinema 21:9 HD Television. Scoffing at conventional product launch wisdom (i.e., television commercials, print ads, repeat) Philips’ brand team put their eggs into the digital basket; creating a flashy micro site with dreams of deeper consumer engagement. But they needed a hook. A legitimate reason to actually visit and stay a while. The solution? A short film called Carouel.

Best continuous shot ever? That’s for you to decide.

note the length of the film ;O)

Thoughts? It is a nice touch how it ends where it starts. For a frozen moment in time You still feel a sense of development. As the camera guides us through the sequence you learn more about the crazy scenario taking place. Who knew there was so much money at a hospital?

As people slowly picked their jaws off the ground the awards started rolling in, culminating with a Film Grand Prix and Silver Cyber Lion at Cannes (the ad industry’s answer to the Academy Awards). But how did they do it? Was it all CGI? Check the two videos below for a brief explanation into the making of.

- Crew of 100+
- Three large cranes
- State-of-the-art motion controlled camera rig
- Three day shoot
- Five weeks of post-production
- Actors with excellent body control
- Lots of wire to suspend actors

- Micro Site:
- Interactive: Stink Digital
- Agency of Record: Tribal DDB Amsterdam

It’s been said that imitation is the best form of flattery so this should make the Philips team blush:

Opening sequence for the season 10 premiere of CSI, which aired September 24, 2009

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gorgeous Guinness World Ad

...and I don't just mean the studly guys.

Looks like they're introducing a new slogan too. Not sure exactly what it means, but I think it means if I drink Guinness, the environment will be saved, so I'm in. Who's with me?

Always a Woman

A sweet little "advert" from the UK for John Lewis Department stores...

(P.S. If you love this cover, it's by former Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield, and he's recently  tweeted that he'll be releasing it as a digital download soon)

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

 Following up on my previous post "Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?" -- Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

 Why you should listen to him:

 Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

 In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Check it out: 
(Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA.)

  To learn more about Sir Ken Robinson and his work click here.
  To check out more TED Talks click here.

  To check out my previous related post "Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?" click here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Canadian Animation Resources!

  It has been one year since Canadian Animation Resources migrated from a bunch of hacked together Blogspot pages to the excellent form it is in now. 

  Set up by animation veteran Michael Valiquette, along with his ever growing team of contributors Canadian Animation Resources, like the title says, has become the top online destination for the Canadian animation community: news, jobs, informative articles, animation tips & tricks, as well as showcasing various talent... 

  Canadian Animation Resources provides daily coverage of animation-related news and events, tracking of industry trends, nationwide job posts, and commentary from key players in the community.  Their goal is to provide the forum where information can be shared, ideas exchanged, and opportunities uncovered, and in so doing, to promote the growth of the industry and culture.

  If you haven't already check out the website by clicking here

  Currently Canadian Animation Resources are looking for some funding so please give and help support this endeavor.

  "Maintaining the website is a full time job, and needs your support. If you’ve ever posted a job, found one, read something useful, been turned onto a new artist or opportunity, now’s your time to give back. We’re a lean operation, but we have big plans and new features we’d like to add. We can’t do it alone. Please get on board and show your support."

Oh and again:

 I am now a proud sponsor of the Canadian Animation Resources website.

Friday, May 7, 2010

No Excuses

Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike "No Excuses" commercial: