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{ Monthly Archives } March 2010

Kashmir – Still Boy

The outline of the story is something along the lines of: The Little Girl With The Matches meets Pinocchio meets social realism.

The music video has been directed by Jakob Printzlau. Set Designs, props and animation: Morten Just and Martin Mølgaard at Din Mor.

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Still Boy: The Making of the Music Video

Here’s the usual look behind the scenes, this time for the music video directed by Jakob Printzlau for the Danish band Kashmir.

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LUKE WHITE – Tide

A boy (Luke Hayward) and his father (Liam Thomas) live a harsh existence against a desolate backdrop. Whilst the father is stranded, the boy’s physique allows him to pass through a small tunnel leading to a place very different from their own. He brings back footage to satisfy his fathers desire to re-live memories of when he too could make this journey. Tide is the story of a father’s obsession that will ultimately lose him the respect of his son, and in turn his companionship.

Tide is a beautiful short movie written and directed by Luke White, his graduation film at the London College of Communication.

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Oceanship – Hot Black

Oceanship is Brad Lyons from Ontario, Canada. Hotblack is a track from the eponymous debut album, released in 2009.

The music video has been written and animated by Ofir Sasson.

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Dragonflies and Astronauts: Post Updated

This music video from 2006 also got a better quality, high resolution clip, while the old link has dead, probably for a long time.

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à Dada

A woman gives birth to a tree made with the process of the surrealistic game known as exquisite corpse; a project inspired by the artistic movement Dada, where nonsense makes sense and creates poetry.

A short film by four students of the Supinfocom: Hélène Astier, Mathilde Le Moal, Jia Jun Chen, Bruno Pontiroli. Made with the help by Luis Miguel Henao. Music: Kapalest.

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Yorokobu n. 5

An origami stop motion feast is the work of Pornographics Studio for the fifth issue of the Spanish magazine Yorokobu.

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VH1 Seasonal Greetings: Clip Updated

The Christmas themed clip by Man vs Machine is now available in high resolution.

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Laura Gibson, Ethan Rose – Younger

Younger is a song by Laura Gibson and Ethan Rose, taken from their album Bridge Carols, released for Holocene Music, Baskaru and Headz. The music video has been directed by Ryan Jeffery.

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FILIP PISKORZYNSKI: Reel 2010

I’ll make an exception to my policy of not posting trailers, showreels and excepts (as opposed to “selected scenes” which I do).

You might be able to recognize some footage from Lost and Found.

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1000 Times No

This short animation is a promo for the book 1000 Times No by Tom Warburton, published by Harper and Collins.

It was made by Mr. Warburton and Dave Rasura and produced at Curious Pictures.

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STIAN HAFSTAD – Nemesis

Nemesis is the story of Arne (Trond Gil), who is convinced he has superpowers. He just hasn’t found them yet. So he decides to put up a wanted note for an archenemy (Anders Mcauley), hoping that it will help him discover his true powers.

The short film has been written and directed by Stian Hadstad.

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Wojna

School can be a war for many, and war can be a school for others. But still, the two things will hardly mix.

Wojna (War) is a short animated movie produced at Filmakademie for Unicef.

Directed by Agnieszka Kruczek. Music: Vladimir Martinka. Head of Production: Andreas Perzl.

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Printed: Ident

A logo ident created for “Japan-based film and photography publication Printed“, made “to precede all film content produced by the organization.”

Images: Man vs Machine and Korb. Sound: Gavin Little at Echolab.

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VPro: De Groene Transitie

The leader for a series of five documentaries for the show called Tegenlicht (Backlight) aired on the Dutch television VPRO. The clip has been made in house at Onesize with sound design by Studio Takt.

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Kira Kira – Bless

An old man confronts his fears, traveling across a personal landscape to realize and accept his path.

Bless is a song by Kira Kira (Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir) from her latest album Our Map to the Monster Olympics.

The music video has been directed and animated by Overture, that is Jason Malcolm Brown and Aya Yamasaki Brown.

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Canon: Freeze Tag

The cool spot has been directed by Saman Keshavarz. Producers: Romson Niega and Tom Lee. Associate Producers: Francis Pollara and Nate Eggert.

Cinematographer: Don Burton. Editor: Nate Tam. Visual Effects: John Carey.

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Freeze Tag: Behind The Scenes

The featurette shows the actual footage shoot and the composition work, as well as some funny moments.

It’s been produced by Francis Pollara. Footage shot by Josh Patterson. Editor: Nate Tam. Typography: Cosimo Galluzzi.

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MIKE OWENS – Phillip the Safety Egg

This short film created by Mike Owens, written and voiced by the people at Splendid Things, is not your typical medical drama.

Developed by Shad Petosky and Will Shepard!. Designed by Mitch Loidolt and Mike Owens. Animated by Victor Courtright, Eyo Peters, and Nick Bachman.

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Glow of the Week

Just a note to say that my review of Tokyo/Glow has been published on Short of the Week.

Also, if you follow Cartoon Brew, you’d like to know that our overlords from Google do not consider it a threat to your security anymore.

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LIZZI AKANA – Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin

O come, ye all, in Monkey Balloon Universe to hear the story of a mismatch: what we want does not equal what we need. That’s the kind of maths that does not end well.

Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin is a beautiful short film directed and animated by Lizzi Akana, her degree project at the RISD. Music and Sound by Erin Kilkenny.

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Natural Gas: Matin d’hiver

By the use of the stop motion technic, we see how warmth spreads through the house as knitted wool.

A film of creative agency TBWA Brussels, directed by Olivier Babinet and produced by Lovo Films.

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Matin d’hiver: Making of

The making of Matin d’hiver, directed by Olivier Babinet.

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Devendra Banhart – Baby

In this trippy music video, Devendra is set for a trip in… could it be uranus?

Baby is a single from Devendra Banhart’s new album, entitled What Will we Be. The music video has been directed by Ron Winter. Art Director: Elayne Blyth. Director of Photography: Jody Lee Lipes.

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Tails of the Fat Cat

That’s not a very happy ending for music

Oh, these felines are insatiable. I know of a cat that would gladly make a law to make cat food of all the food available, if he just happened to be hungry enough.
The spec spot for National Association of Broadcasters‘ campaign against Performance Tax for radio stations was [...]

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Retina

Nikon Eyes: artificially cultivated eyes that can be
transplanted to replace (or repair) your original pair.

An exploration of the “aesthetic archetypes of cyberpunk with the backdrop of a large, sprawling metropolis, neon, smoke and the reconfiguration of the human body through machines.”
Using the same style and the same cast (Kim Min) from the later Simulacra, [...]

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Mr. Wizard: The Legend of Speed

This is the ancient legend of two of the great Malfi ancestors. The two elders travel a great distance to perform their rituals and summon the great spirits all to create a single spool of thread.

This exhilarating amount of weirdness is the work of Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III from Friends with You and of Julian Pablo Manzelli, done for Nike Lab in 2002.

Director of Photography: Andres Sanchez. 3D and Special Effects: Jonathan Garun. Sound Design: Mariano Dabini.

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LUCAS ZANOTTO – The Ostrich

A short film, done with a marionette built out of paper. That’s all folks, and that’s good. The animated short is the work of Lucas Zanotto. Music and sound design: David Kamp.

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SunRype: Swing

And here’s another spot in the series for Sunrype. Directed by Wade Shotter and Andras Ketzer and produced at Joyrider. Creative agency: DDB Canada.

Colorist: Andras Ketzer and Russell Boyd. The song is Sleepy Tigers by Her Space Holiday.

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SunRype: Shoes

Here’s one in a series of spots from creative agency DDB Canada for a fruit juice that claims to be 100% made only with fruits. And so is the spot.

Directed by Wade Shotter and Andras Ketzer at Joyrider Films. Editor: Quin Williams at Marshall Street. The song is The Light is You by the Said the Whale.

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The Future of Air Travel

The short film was made for Phylactère Cola, a TV show that aired between 2001 and 2003 in Canada.

The authors: Daniel Boulanger, Yves Baril, Steve Landry, Edouard Tremblay, Martin Giraldeau, Francis Lauzon, Éric Pfalzgraf, Patrick Boivin, Jocelyn Simard AKA Strob.

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Akira Kosemura – It’s On Everything

It’s On Everything is a song from the 2007 album of the same name by Akira Kosemura. The video is included in the CD/DVD Grassland, released on February 2010.

The music video has been directed by Mario Cavalli and produced at Colony. He previously did the videos for Light and Xiao ge er for the same artist.

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Consumerism! The Musical

Let’s sing and dance with this short film from our regular guests from Whitestone Motion Pictures, “a satire and celebration of the culture we live in.”

It’s funny how you can at the same time empathize and feel aversion towards the main character. Kind of how I feel at myself usually.

Consumerism! The Musical was directed by Brandon McCormick. Music by Nick Kirk and Billy Wilkerson. Starring: Justin Carter.

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Levity

Two children escape the war-torn ruins of a city in a surreal and whimsical game of tag.

This is one of those films where you really don’t care about technicalities. As they use to say: it strikes a chord.

Levity is a short film by Gus Trauth, Jordan Held and Adam Lukas, completed as an undergraduate animation at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The authors work now as a collective under the name MoreFrames.

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Brink: Jah Lick Them With Thunder

The cinematic trailer for Brink is the work of Blur Studio. The game, developed by Splash Damage will be published by Bethesda.

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I’m Here

Two things. First: I’m Here, that is Spike Jonze’s film for Absolut Vodka is available for online viewing. And it’s great, if you can stand a little corniness.

Second: I’ve updated my version of Quicktime, since the latest finally introduced Prores 422 decoding on PC. This new version can also play almost any clip encoded with any profile of X.264 so I’ll use the better profile available: hence, newly encoded clips might not play on old versions of Quicktime.

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Coca Cola: Big Splash

An eye candy piece of commercial directed by Stylewar and produced at Stink. Editor: Joakim Piedras at Stopp. Post Production: Swiss. Creative Agency: Ogilvy Argentina. The song is What a Wonderful World, as sung by Joey Ramone.

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The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte)

This funny short film deals with “an elderly woman’s life and death struggle, as she finds herself pitted in the middle of an egotistical battle between the grim reaper and a young doctor determined to keep her alive by any means necessary.”

The film has been written and directed by Javier Recio Gracia and produced at Kandor Moon.

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Homunculus

Homunculus is a short film produced at Humble, “the first of an annual series of experimental films by their in-house directing collaborative, Hydra“; direction by Sam Stephens and Chris Mauch.

The Hydra team assembled an entire still-life spread: fruits, cheeses, flowers, fish, and an uncooked pheasant. They then sealed it off in a 6×6 foot plexiglass box. Three cameras were set to shoot a frame every 5 minutes for 11 days.

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Homunculus: Behind The Cleanup

The short featurette does not deal with the making of the film, but with the aftermaths. After 11 days of shooting, the still life set became a still deadly one. Four brave souls cleaned the mess. This is their story.

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Tokyo Sky Drive: Night (version 1)

Nothing crafty here. To do the magic, cat2525jp just needed a cool concept and a nice video trick. Oh, and a cool soundtrack by Sugar Plant. And Tokyo. And probably also some legal stuff to be settled before you can attach your camera to a train. But whatever, enjoy!

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NICK BACHMAN – The Owl and the Squirrel

The story is that of an awkward owl at his last resorts to fill up his stomach with some tasty squirrel meat. Fun ensues. But not for the owl, obviously.

The short film is the work of Nick Backman, his sention thesis at the MCAD. Sound design by Sam Bachman.

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Protect Our Waves Credits: Clip Fixed

The High Definition clip for Protect Our Waves Titles ain’t been fully uploaded. I’ve just put it online. Sorry about the mishap!

La clip in alta definizione per i titoli di Protect Our Waves non era stata caricata in pieno. L’ho rimessa online. Scusate il casino!

thanks Max!

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LOIS VAN BAARLE – Trichrome Blue

Trichrome sells colors in the form of “spiritual emotion”. So, “dive into a deep ocean of blue and feel a sense of calm that no other product could give you”. Red and Yellow flavors coming soon.

Obviously, Trichrome is just the brain child of Lois van Baarle; at least for the moment. And Trichrome Blue is her beautiful graduation film Utrecht School of the Arts.

Special FX and 3D animation by: Arjen Klaverstijn. Music and sound effects: Marcel Janssen.

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Trichrome Blue: The Making of

The short clip shows the progress, from concept to final version, for two scenes of Lois van Baarle’s Trichrome Blue. Music by Marcel Janssen.

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Philips: Pubic Hair

Here’s another work from Pinkman AKA Alberto Mielgo, a ridiculously sexy spot for who knows (and who cares?) what. I guess that’s actually a spec spot, even though it would be perfect for Pixel Precise HD television.

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Pubic Hair: Making of

This video from Alberto Mielgo at Pinkman has got some very nice brush strokes. Really nice and enjoyable.

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Woman Eyes – Le Chat

And now, for something different, “a surreal and erotic ode to cat fancying”.

Le chat is the first single by Woman Eyes, formerly Pydos in Spydos. The music video has been directed and edited by Alex Turvey. Director of photography: Andrew Farrar. Production Assistant: Oliver Page.

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They Might Be Giants – Computer Assisted Design

Computer Assisted Design is a song from They Might Be Giants‘ new album, entitled Here Comes the Science.

The music video has been directed by Rob Shaw and produced at Bent.

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Xcentric: Arrebatado

Xcentric is an organization that pursues the conservation and distribution of experimental cinema through the CCCB in Barcelona. They organized an exhibition of spanish experimental cinema in Spain called From Ecstacy to Rapture, 50 years of the other Spanish Cinema.

The trailers for the six sections of the exhibition have been designed and directed by Dvein.

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MTV: Senseless

The crazy spot is the work of Cassiano Prado and Oway Lau. Character design: Donna Wilson. Stop animation: Tony Farquhar-Smith.

Director of photography: Duncan Telford. 3d animation: Alfredo Hisa. Sound design: Paulo Beto.

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DIEGO AKEL – Alucina 15

Alucina 15 has been directed and animated by Diego Akel for the Anima 15 category at the 2007 Anima Mundi Festival.

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JOHNNY KELLY – The Seed

The Seed is an animated voyage through nature’s life cycle, following the trials and tribulations of a humble apple seed.

“The film was kindly funded by Adobe, produced at Nexus and features a soundtrack by Jape. It was made using a mixture of stop motion papercraft and 2D drawn animation”, as shown in the making of.

Story and direction by Johnny Kelly.

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The Seed: Making of

An interesting travel through the production of The Seed and its surprising mix of animation techniques. Enjoy!

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Sigg Jones

When the heavy weight champion wrestler Sigg Jones drinks a strange Powerdrink, he loses control of himself unleashing all the good he had. His Agent will have to set him straight…

A short film from some time ago, directed by Douglas Lassance, Matthieu Bessudo and Jonathan Vuillemin, as their final work at Supinfocom.

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VELJKO POPOVIĆ – She Who Measures

Are we truly free? Are our desires truly our own or merely imposed products of the society we live in? The question this film is asking is this: are we slaves to the culture and society we were born in or is there a way to escape after all?

The film has been written and directed by Veljko Popović at Lemonade 3D. Produced at Kenges.

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She Who Measures: Making the Clown Scene

Here’s an interesting look behind the creation of a trippy scene of She Who Measures, an animated short film by Veljko Popović, where the camera goes inside the clown leading the parade (I’m not telling you from where the camera enters…)

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To Fellow Dreamhosters

I just discovered that the Cache plugin for Wordpress stopped working after the site was moved to a new server. If you’re running WP with Super Cache, and your site was moved too (that’s a big if) there’s a fat chance that the same happened to you.

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Metem: Despite of Opinions EP Promo

Lesson number one: Anatomy of a song.

The video is a promo for the new EP by Metem, entitled Despite of Opinions. It also serves as a trailer for the presentation of the EP which will be held in Rome this Saturday.

The video has been crafted by Daniele Napolitano and the other fine guys at CUT on original drawings by Govert Bidloo. You might remember Metem as the authors of the song in Notte Sento.

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Folded Light – Train Tracks at Dawn

Who sleep can’t catch the morning bird…

Folded Light is Steve Damstra and Jaffe Zinn. Train Tracks at Dawn is a track on their debut album, also called Folded Light.

The music video has been directed by Jon Watts, produced at Smuggler and edited by Keith Hamm.

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Infinite Scrolling

Since my website load very slowly for some, I’ve reduced the number of posts on the home page from 30 to 12 and installed the Infinite Scrolling plugin: more posts are retrieved when your scrolling your way to the bottom of the page.

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Pivot

When a man is witness to a murder and takes pictures of the killer, he has to run for his life. During the chase he is able to turn the tables and the prey becomes the hunter.

Rendered in an extremely stylized low polygon fashion, Pivot is a short film where every personal story comes to its natural end which also is the natural beginning of somebody else story.

The film was designed and animated by: Kevin Megens, Floris Vos, Arno de Grijs, André Bergs. Music and sound design by Alex Debicki. Script by Jan Eduards.

Produced by Arnoud Rijken, Michiel J. Snijders and Chris Mouw at il Luster Producties and by Karlijn Landman at NPS.

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JAMIE CALIRI – The Sun and the Seed

This is a short film about hope and community. It was made for a friend and mentor who was suffering from lung cancer. The film was shown at a benefit to help with his hospital costs. He has since passed away.

The words are by director Jamie Caliri. He animated the film with production designer Alex Juhasz. They shot with a special, home brewed, 4×5 inches view camera rig and Dragon Stop Motion Software .

The music is String Quartet number 5 composed by Philip Glass as performed by the Kronos Quartet.

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JAVIER CHILLON – Die Schneider Krankheit

“The Fifties, a Soviet space shuttle crashes in West Germany. The only passenger, a cosmonaut chimpanzee, spreads a deadly virus all over the country…” This amazing documentary by Überblick Films follows humanity’s struggle to find a cure and survive.

No need to say that Die Schneider Krankheit (The Schneider disease) is actually a mockumentary, and none of the images in the film are archival footage. But I’ll say it, just to be sure…

The short film has been written, produced and directed by Javier Chillon.

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Kitty Cat Russian Nesting Dolls

A nice animated bit by Bryan Ballinger and Shahbaaz Shah. It won’t win an Oscar, but perhaps a Matrioscar it there was one…

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Nissan Qashqai: Playground

The spot was directed by Daniel Kleinman and produced at Rattling Stick. Post production: Framestore CFC. Creative agency: TBWA. The song is Sempre libera from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La traviata.

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Frito Lay Dips: And Then There Was Salsa

First of all, if haven’t done it yet, go on Vimeo and watch the enhanced version of the spot. This kind of technology is nothing new, but it has the potential to become widespread. Or perhaps nobody would care anymore when the novelty is over.

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TRËZ – Tar

Deliciously anguishing, Tar is a short film directed by Trëz, part of the Octopulse collective. The label of psychological horror has never been so appropriate, I guess.

Live action: Rémi Proust. Post Production: Florian Bestel. 3D Graphics: Trëz. Soundtrack: Ruins of Desolation by Atrium Carceri.

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Turin Brakes – Sea Change

And at the end of the day, all that’s left is ashes and an empty bed.

Turin Brakes are a modern folk duo, comprising Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, hailing from Balham, London.

Sea Change in the first single off their newest album, entitled Outbursts and just released for Cooking Vinyl CD.

The music video has been directed by Harry Dwyer and produced at 2AM Films.

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The Main Drag – Dove Nets

This clip tells the psychedelic and “colorful story of a giant mouse obsessed by doves.”

The Main Drag is an indie band from Boston, Massachusetts. Current line up is: Matt Boch, Dan Cardinal, Jon Carter and John Drake. Former members Adam Arrigo and Matt Levitt recorded this song as well.

Dove Nets is a song from their second album, entitled Yours As Fast As Mine and released in 2007 for RPL Audio.

The music video has been directed by Ben&Julia and produced at Stink. Director of Photography: Beda Mulzer.

The video has a dedicated website with some extra material, including a videogame, a clone of Space Invaders.

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Galettes St Michel: Le Zoo

Once again, a cookie, alone, will stand to save those whom he loves and care about. In a very yummy way.

The second spot in the series that Ben and Julia directed, produced at Stink Paris by Greg Panteix and Sylvaine Mella.

Director of photography: David Nissen. Sound design: Tranquille le chat. Post Production: Nightshift. Creative agency: Australie.

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Galettes St Michel: L’Espace

A brave space cookie save the lifes of his cookie buddies when a space cookie monster comes apparently out of nothing.

One in a series of two spots directed by Ben&Julia; produced by Greg Panteix and Sylvaine Mella at Stink.

Director of photography: David Nissen. Post Production: Nightshift. Sound design: Tranquille le chat. Agency: Australie.

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Washington State Lottery: Together

The reds and the yellows are finally together. Who and why, you might ask. Never mind I shall say.

Here’s the new stop animated spot by PES, available in shiny full HD. Creative agency: Cole & Weber United.

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Nike Jordan: Nightmares Never Sleep

The basketball court becomes the theater of a horrific scene when Dwyane Wade goes berserk and out of control.

The spot has been directed by Adam Berg and produced by Emma Wilcockson at Smuggler. Editor:
Paul Hardcastle at Whitehouse. Director of Photography: Joost Van Gelder. Post Production: MPC. Creative agency: W+K.

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Simulacra

Simulacra is a “futuristic imagining of narcissistic duplication by industrial means”, short film by Violet Suk and Martin Koch.

The film was presented at Tekko 2003 exhibition as their interpretation of the theme Future Beautiful.

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Discovery Channel: Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls

Sometimes mother nature is not the most friendly impersonal entity out there. Well, in fact she is the out there out there.

The spot has been directed by Ash Bolland and produced by Von Dekker at Umeric. Sound design: Marcelo Baldin at Combustion.

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Buzz – Mars, the Bringer of War

A beautiful animation set in the space between the Earth and Mars, a space inhabited by mysterious creatures whose intentions are not perfectly clear.

Buzz is a chamber music brass quintet comprised of Frédéric Gagnon, Sylvain Lapointe, Pascal Lafrenière, Jason De Carufel, Sylvain Arseneau. Buzz and organist Mélanie Barney recorded a version of Gustav Holst’s The Planets arranged by Enrico O. Dastous.

The video has been directed and animated by Rémy Larochelle and produced at Aviva with the help of Musication.

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The Fantastic World of Fantástico Morales

The incredible and metaphysical adventures of Fantástico Morales, a man with a strange nasal fluid powers. Animated in Psycolor.

A short film directed and animated by Jossie Malis at Zumbakamera based on an idea by Jossie Malis and Ricardo Espinosa. Opening theme: Electric to me Turn by Bruce Haack. Sound Design: Julie Reier.

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DJ Stern* – Manouche

Who said that DJs don’t do the dishes like every one of us? Well, in fact they do and they don’t. And here are the proofs.

Manouche is a track from DJ Stern’s latest album, entitled Digital Bless and released for Leonizer Records.

The music video SLASH commercial is the work of Guillaume Blanchet with post production by Varial.

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DONATO SANSONE – Videogioco

Who said that experimental animation is boring? Here’s an uber-funny piece that has gone wildly viral. It’s an airplane? It’s a flipbook? It’s Superman? Yes, all of these things.

The short has been conceived and animated by Donato Sansone. Sound Design: Enrico Ascoli.

You might have seen another video of them which is not where you saw it anymore, but I hope it’ll soon be there again, you know what I mean…

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Surfers Against Sewage: Protect Our Waves

The clips posted are animated excerpts from Protect Our Waves, a live action feature film which “highlights the environmental threat facing Britain’s coastlines”.

“Beautiful waves surfed by some of the best surfers in the world, and fused perfectly with stylish animations outlining how surfers can make a stand against the increasing pollution.”

The animations has been made at Treat Studios, while the film has been directed by Richard Stewart and commissioned by Surfers Against Sewage.

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Protect Our Waves: Opening Credits

The main titles for Protect Our Waves are once more the work of Treat Studios.

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Protect Our Waves: Animated Clip 2

Another finely animated scene by Treat Studios for Protect Our Waves, the surfing film directed by Richard Stewart, commissioned by Surfers against Sewage and released with The Surfer’s Path magazine.

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Protect Our Waves: Animated Clip 1

An animated scene made at Treat Studios for Protect Our Waves, a (live action) surfing film directed by Richard Stewart, commissioned by Surfers against Sewage and released with The Surfer’s Path magazine.

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Nike: Conversations from the Inside

The clip, starring Nicola Sanders, is one in a series of fives online films made for Nike Women in 2008. And the moral of the story is: just because you can’t jump it doesn’t mean you can’t win.

The spot has been directed by Nieto and produced at Paranoid US. Director of Photography: Antoine Gallais Billaud. Sound: X-Track. Post Production: Digital District. Creative Agency: Wieden + Kennedy.

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