A reel difference. I'm a sucker for good solid keyframed animation and Takuya's Showreel possess it in adbundance. It's interestingly setup with shots of him using AE's graph editor (which he's clearly mastered), scrolling on an ipad and animating and rendering within a 3D software. It's clever and quick way to summarise his skill set and immediatley helps the showreel standout. Then the fruits of his labour are displayed, chopped up into a cohesive mashup supported by a perfectly suited electronic sythesised track. It's a joy to behold.
Creative, playful and stylish. Julien Vallee has once again 'hit the money' with his opening titles for MTV Hits Australia. Brilliant designer and director. Well worth checking out his site to see his other works.
It's not often I find myself at home on Friday night. So I've decided to use it semi-wisely. The semi wasting sereval hours with my addiction the 'The Wire'.
Came across 'Make It Better' by Climent Canal & Sebastián Baptista. A beautiful piece of design and animation that challenges you to look at your work and do exactly that. Make it Better. It's already recieved over 2,000 likes on Vimeo and praise from many including Jr Canest who I consider to be an AE animation pro.
Eskmo recently released the video 'We Got More' in January 2011. It was created by Cyriak, an animator based in Brighton. It's a great example of a music video made on a budget which manages to keep you interested and intrigued for the duration. The video leaves you hypnotised watching the repetitive movement of the city and it's citizens which is perfectly suited to the music track. The video, as explained on his site, was made using 'a short piece of video footage I had lying around.' Brilliant.
Another talented Brazilian samba's his way to centre stage with his awesome reel. Excellently cut, nicely paced with a strong intro and subtle interstitials. It showcases his animation skills tied with his great eye for direction and colour. Ziul makes me drool and weep in awe. Check out his site.
Wowsers. Considering (or not) that Matt had to chuck this reel together for an event he was attending the following day, it ain't half good. Having recently graduated from Salford University, Matt is now looking for freelance and full time work in the north west of England. Having watched his reel he isn't going to be short of offers. He has superb illustration and storytelling skills, just check out 'two inches to the right', as well as a stylish and creative mind when it comes to designing unique identities too. Check out 'Islington Mill Studios' & 'Cartoon Network'. Give him a shout.
Impressive demo reel from Julien Limouse to showcase the work of his recently launched multimedia studio EyePic9. The reel includes music videos for La Roux 'Bulletproof', Kaiser Chiefs 'Ruby' and the Gorillaz 'Dare' to name but a few. Now based in the south of France, Julien has worked for the likes of Mathematic and Passion Pictures during his 12 years working in the industry. Take a loco!
You can't help but smile while watching this video. The piece co-directed by Who-Fu, Hal Kirkland & Masa Kawamura, was created using footage captured by webcam from people from all over the globe. It was a big hit in Japan and was acclaimed at the Tokyo Type Director's Club and the Japan Media Festival. Sit back and enjoy.
Just came across Robert Leger's short film 'clubRed' that he created a couple of years ago for his final year project at Uni.
Considering, he was learning Cinema 4d while making this piece and had very little help apart from 5 macs permanently rendering, he has produced a beautifully intriguing and engaging video.
What stands out for me is his cinematic style shot choices, cohesive colour palette and his talent for story telling. Check it out. Leave feedback on his vimeo page.
Motionographer is a great source for finding inspiration for motion graphics, animation and graphic design in general. I don't want this blog to be a replica of the site so my aim is to publicise other studios and artists that don't feature on such sites.
However, I'm going to make an exception for Nando Costa as I love his reel. He showcase's a range of different design styles, yet there is a visual connection throughout all the pieces which creates a wonderful flowing reel.
London design studio ManvsMachine collaborated with Proud back in 2009 to rebrand the Sci Fi channel.
The idents and the general on-air look is simple, elegant and modern. I really like the contrast of the colourful elements against it's white setting. The idents are all very intriguing and have the sense of a revelling mystery about them, no doubt to reflect the type of programming shown on Syfy.
As I have just started this site there is going to be a little bit of back tracking as I will post links to my favourite video's I seen over the past few months.
The title sequence 'Crazy Enough' created by JR.Canest is one that has stuck in my mind every since viewing it 4-5 months ago.
It's a simple concept, brilliantly executed, the sequence flows as if he was orchestrating the keyframes with a baton. Those of us who are used to working with After Effects can appreciate his masterful control of them. Hats off to you JR!