Forwards. Backwards. Up. Down… when you stand on the edge of creativity, you never know which direction the great overseer of inspiration will take you. Cesar Diaz Melendez explores this realm in a simple, yet incredibly emotive character driven piece. Read more »
Long gone are the MTV days of music videos where an “in-your-face” approach was the norm, and Anna Eijsbouts takes this opportunity to slow things down and deliver a somber, heartfelt video for Bell X1’s upcoming track “The Upswing”. Subtle animation moves and macro shots of the characters’ sad eyes draw us in to feeling the pain and uneasy tension in relationships. The track itself is reminiscent of a Radiohead song; moody, yet hauntingly beautiful. Read more »
Sean Pecknold, back at it again with another highly stylized animation short. This one is a nice array of photographic elements, illustrations, typography and even a few paper cutouts. The diverse materials create a harmonious juxtaposition from scene to scene, and content gives us a nice roadmap to the wrap our brains around the concepts within. Read more »
We are thrilled to be sharing Jeff Scher’s latest creation, and a new technique he calls “Can-imation”. The process involves a tin can on rollers and brushed on paint, eventually overlaid on top of itself, creating a energetic juxtaposition of colors and textures. Racing squiggles, blobs, smears, dots, and splashes all are invited to this paint party! Read more »
Chris Hopewell brings us Radiohead’s latest music video which spans decades in vernacular as well as song inception. Although only officially released this year, Thom Yorke had mentioned the song in a blog way back in 2005, played live snippets in concert in 2006 and 2008, and posted the full lyrics to the song in 2007. Read more »
Sean Pecknold appreciates the simplicity of geometrical shapes, enjoys lighting paper (not on fire), and finds inspiration for his projects while in motion, preferably on a bike. While best known for his music videos for Fleet Foxes, his prolific work extends into directing films, photography, animation, and broadcast content.
Margaret Meyer prefers designing costumes for the odd body shape, such as the very charming Mr. Peanut. Her credits include, Coraline, Robot Chicken, and Morel Orel, just to name a few.
If you could peek inside Dan Ojari's childhood sketchbooks, you might very well find evidence of the same characters brought to life through his films today. Slow Derek, Ojari's graduate film project at RCA, Royal College of Art, London, is the tale of Derek, a common office worker struggling to come to grips with the fast pace of planet Earth. Ojari's attention to detail is evident in the careful use of light, sound, and poetic juxtapositions that frame his storytelling. Since its release in 2011, Ojari's award winning film has spun its way around the international film festival circuit, proving that Slow Derek - may not be so slow, after all.
Unapologetic gobs of paint and clay, twist, stretch, ooze and dance Allison Schulnik's fantastical characters to life. Her dynamic use of color and texture dress her moody cast of misfits in a style that is rapidly thrusting the Los Angeles based artist/filmmaker to the forefront of her field. A prolific master of many mediums; including painting, drawing, sculpture and animation, Allison, we suspect, has countless more 'tricks' to bequeath the world, from up her alchemist's sleeve.
Cinematographer Toby Howell has established himself as an in-demand point man for high pressure, artistically and technically challenging mixed media shoots. He has successfully traversed the scenes of animation and live action, participating in groundbreaking, standard setting work. His bold approach raises the bar for both high profile commercial and independent projects. He discusses how he's managed to carve this exacting and rewarding niche in animation:
Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore has been wowing the film festival circuit over the last few years, expressing themes of romantic longing using an earthy, tactile approach. Kirsten discusses her move from illustration to stop-motion animation, the physicality of her process, and her youthful beginnings as a camcorder-auteur.
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