Can’t be stop motion, right? But yes ’tis and we are indeed a little obsessed of late with the avant grade approach of Max Winston and how he’s been bringing his edge to the airwaves. A must see making-of video is below, and all, or at least a portion, of his bag of tricks is revealed in his creation of this collection of ‘Veggie Boogie’ spots for the Storybots. Spinning clay records so kids clean their plates! Read more »
Brazilian based Thiago Calçado teams up with Vetor Zero to re-appropriate scenes from the classic tale of Pinocchio. The animations are part of a larger documentary called “A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos”, exploring the experiences of foreign prisoners inside Brazilian jail. Sparing no attention to detail, the sets and figures are weathered and textured to imperfection, recalling the seminal period of “Once Upon a Time”.
Additional fabrication: Fabiana Fukui
Extra animation help by: Alexandre Elaiuy & D. Lee
More high throttle hijinx from the warped wizardry of Max Winston. Amazing lighting as Uncle Grandpa goes to Wonderland and things get weird even for him. Winston’s sweetly sick puppets are almost more engaging than real people, making them all the more disturbing. For more gorgeously rude ruminations on the meaning of existence, or lack thereof, watch his legendary crash course classic of expertly and experimentally animated crudeness, “I live in the Woods!”, which almost became a series of its own. Watch here for the series animation test and also to catch an in-depth Dragonframe interview with Winston on his approach to puppet construction and story. Read more »
Simplicity is never really simple…Buck Studios does a great job with this spare and clean presentation. “Coastal Cool” is a spot for Sherwin Williams/HGTV and seeks to inspire everyday people to become artists in their own homes. The sharp lighting brings a sunny day and the creamy negative space just takes all cares away…not to mention the smooth, aquatic yet subtly crab-like motion in the animation. Honestly, all that planning must have been a beach! Here also is a piece from Buck, from the yesteryear of 2010, that they did for the launch of Google eBooks. Read on to hear from HGTV about why they chose Buck. Read more »
Opiuo’s single “Quack Fat” off the album Meraki has exploded with the collaboration with Animator Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong). The bold and vibrant imagery is a visual feast of colour and movement created with a retro Walkman, 40 paper pyramids, 40 micro cassettes, 240 audio cassettes, 5,600 feet of video tape, 108 floppy discs, 2,812 Photos, and hundreds of hours of stop-motion animation! The result is a funk infused display that brings Opiuo’s song to life. Read more »
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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