Kate Stransky, stop-motion artist in collaboration with The Mill, brings us enchanting shadow play shorts with these two videos for Glade. Simple, yet a highly imaginative approach to animation, where the shadows take life from the flickering light of one candle, adding a ethereal and dancer-like motion. If you have a new flame this holiday, this may be worth a share. Make sure to read on for the second clip. Read more »
Travel to the snowy German mountains on a journey through Montblanc’s secret craft workshop. With a focus on attention to detail, this short masterfully mirrors the products it represents. Romão takes us through a realm of magical environments and endearing character design in this carefully constructed short-form narrative. Make sure to check out the behind the scenes video!
Dropbear is back at it again with another mind blowing music video for Dan Sultan’s Magnetic. Running the gamut of techniques from 3D printed models, to projection mapping, along with 3D animated post effects we are left with a head spinning, mind-melting masterpiece. Two months, sixty 3D printed models, and over 2700 photos later, Dropbear delivers this music video worthy of making Peter Gabriel jealous.
A brief interview with lead stop motion animator Darren Walsh:
DF: Can you tell us the basics – when and where it was shot?
DW: We shot at Camberwell studios in South London. Quite a big space in spite of it just being a puppet shoot but we needed to replicate the lighting in Enoch’s room. The result: A large dark room with one lonely animator, a camera man and a couple of sinister looking dolls for seven weeks. Not what I would call a healthy lifestyle. We all became good friends though. Read more »
Meticulously designed, yet whimsy and metaphorical, Andersen M delivers a masterful piece of animation. We can’t help but be enamored by the playful interaction of a bee with his natural environment as it buzzes through the forest, transforming the landscape and characters around it to their natural state of being. It must be in search of a good cup of green tea!
Also make sure to click “more” for a nice short behind-the-scenes montage of the set, delightful details and post-production magic.
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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