Dance Fortress 2:
The agents of Team Fortress 2 hang loose and party down.
There has been a new discipline developing in molecular biology for some time now, Bioanimation! Projects have ranged in size from WEHI
's colossal compilation
to Harvard Biovision
's magnum opus "Inner Life of the Cell"
to commercially produced masterpieces
to smaller projects by university PIs and enthusiasts. much [more inside]
: Even if your Alphabet Conspiracy succeeds and you destroy the books, machines have no minds of their own. They are easily confused by different voices and different accents. It is the brain of man that tells them what to do. [more inside]
Vancouver Film School students create a portfolio project or demo reel for graduation
designed to demonstrate their creative and technical abilities to potential employers and collaborators. Among the many great samples, I dig Rain Crowds
in the 3D animation category, Dance!
in classic animation, and Border
in digital character animation. But there are literally hundreds to choose from, so please enjoy.
makes beautiful, haunting animations, including videos for
Ill Bill - My Uncle
Ill Bill - War Is My Destiny
Radiohead - All I Need
(not quite completed, but a more fully-realized minute long sample here
and the short piece Moonboy.
Five years before Toy Story
proved to the world that pure CGI -- a field long relegated to the role of special effects -- could be an art form in its own right, Odyssey Productions attempted to do the same on a slightly smaller scale. Drawing on the demo reels, commercials, music videos, and feature films of over 300 digital animators, the studio collated dozens of cutting-edge clips into an ambitious 40-minute art film called The Mind's Eye
. Backed by an eclectic mix
of custom-written electronic, classical, oriental, and tribal music, the surreal, dreamlike imagery formed a rough narrative in eight short segments that illustrated the evolution of life, technology, and human society: Creation
- Civilization Rising
- Heart of the Machine
- Post Modern
- Love Found
- Leaving the Bonds of Earth
- The Temple
- End credits
(including names and sources for all clips used). But that was just the beginning... [more inside]
"Au Soleil" is based on my memories of a cycling trip I undertook across Eastern Europe from Berlin to Istanbul.
Vimeo video. A (surprisingly relaxing) short multimedia documentary, created using open source 3D animation software and a keen artistic eye. [more inside]
. Music and animation by Cyriak
. [more inside]
) is an educator and multimedia enthusiast who describes
herself as "Animation lover. Linux user. Hungry for clever
beauty." She's also committed to bringing
free/open source software to the classroom
. Her efforts are
in that she
achieves pleasant results
community-developed software and involves
school children in the production process
. Since many users of
Linux video editing software -- especially the Cinelerra
software package -- are quickly turned off by its opaque interface, Raffaella has also created Cinelerra
, in which she covers everything from the basics
to more difficult subjects like animation
— Atmospheric digital fiction projects designed to be experienced on a computer with the lights down and your sound turned up. Use the mouse to pan around and interact. [more inside]
An abstract long-exposure animation drawn and photographed by a Lego robot set to music by Gil Trythall [via mefi projects
- a short film animated completely by one person
- a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis. Made at Fame Festival 2009.
Google Street View
is currently taking pictures in and around my home village
. Google Japan has released a rather cute animated video
explaining how the whole process works. Its main aim seems to be to respond to all the criticism regarding privacy issues
. It's still cute, though.
A Mac Classic shows bullies what's for in "3½ inches is enough"
by Unreal Voodoo. This demo (actually written to run on a Mac Classic) was presented at ASSEMBLY
, Finland's largest computer festival. More highlights from
ASSEMBLY are available at GameSetWatch
. The demos are mostly trippy and impressive hand-coded animations as one might expect, but there's also a live action short
featuring a Rube Goldberg machine.
Brazil's new water conservation campaign: Xixi no Banho!
Cyriak's Animation Mix
is the work of a quite talented yet somewhat twisted mind.
— An animated short that explores the unbelievably cruel but really adorable world of underground pug fighting.
Animator Giles Timms
is doing interesting work (that has apparently already been discovered by laughing squid
and boing boing
but is still worth checking out.)
And when it's done there's one more thing
A simple little task, it's:
Put the fucking lotion in the basket!
A lego-animated number from "Silence! The Musical
by Jon and Al Kaplan.
Beautiful animation about the US housing market.
Little Red Riding Hood,
creatively animated and retold. [3 min video]
The Giving Tree
(1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein's 1964 children's story and narrated by the author. [more inside]
The Oscar-nominated "Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello"
is an "adventurous tale of a navigator’s journey to save his ailing wife set in a beautiful world of Victorian science-fiction" and one the many fine film shorts and videos available to watch at shortof theweek.com
- a site dedicated to "finding those few [video] gems amongst the enormous heap of garbage they're buried in..." [more inside]
(single link interactive youtube game) - Patrick Boivin
(from visual wizards Phylactère Cola
]) strikes again with a new stop animation game following his success with YouTube Street Fighter
A sweet little stop-motion SLYT
, found on Lauging Squid
While Adult Swim
is generally regarded as the pioneer of irreverent short-form animation
-- especially for 'toons
-- it wasn't always the king. In fact, the late-night programming block arguably found its birth in a series
of short toons
that ran in the heyday of its daytime alter ego, the venerable Cartoon Network. The brainchild of C.N. Creative Director Michael Ouweleen and Hanna-Barbera chief Fred Seibert, these cartoons reinterpreted the network's properties through stock footage, indie music, and original animation in a wide variety of styles, as well as introducing prototypes of characters that would become some of the most famous in the history of American animation. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
Filter) It's rare that jazz videos venture beyond filming live performances. This makes the exceptions all the more notable.
Animation seems the medium of choice: from George Griffin's 1988 paper collage for Charlie Parker's "Ko Ko
" to Len Lye's swinging The Lambeth Walk
(1939), or (stretching musical definitions just a bit) his 1958 masterpiece "Free Radicals
". More recent jazz seems to fit just as well: witness Lung's psychotic piece for Ladyscraper's "Thou Art Fucking Dead
". [more inside]
People have made some awesome animated videos for Ramones songs, and have uploaded them to Youtube for our viewing pleasure. I Don't Wanna Go To The Basement
is probably my favorite. Commando
comes in close second. Ramones as legos playing Spiderman
wins on sheer novelty. The papercut animation in this video for Blitzkreig Bop
is definitely worth a look. Finally, this snippet of the claymation Ramones playing Judy is a Punk
is awesome, if painfully short. [more inside]
Record player + video camera = Phonographantasmascope
, animator Jim LeFevre's extension of the zoetrope. "It is all live action and works by using the shutter speed of the camera rather than the rather irritating stroboscope methods other 3D Zoetropes use."
The very angry caterpillar
is a film made by the previously discussed Lichtfaktor
for UK children's television programme Blue Peter. It stitches together light paintings using stop-motion (frame-by-frame) techniques.
- Seven minutes of wall-painted animated joy by blu
(SLYT) "I knew putting internet in the basement was a bad idea!" [more inside]
For the fourth single off their second album, My Chemical Romance shot a World War II mini-movie^
that was turned into the video for The Ghost of You
. Fast-forward to MCR's third album and a fan-made animated storybook video
that continues the story from The Ghost of You video, incorporating the plot from the concept album Welcome to the Black Parade^
, and set to the song Mama. Fans are sometimes pretty awesome.
In 2005, Shane Acker
released his student film, the atmospheric, masterfully animated "9
" [10 min video]
, to critical acclaim
. In 2006, the film toured with The Animation Show
. Now, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and a couple other familiar folks
will be helping Acker bring a feature-length adaptation
to theaters later this year
. [more inside]
Three Little Pigs
claymation Music video by Green Jelly NSFW
Three Little Pigs
as told by Christopher Walken NSFW
Three Little Pigs
BeBop Trio Looney Tunes cartoon (YouTube) [more inside]
In 1921 comic strip artist Windsor McCay
lay claim to the illustrious title Inventor of Animated Drawing on the title cards of his hand-drawn moving versions of Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend
. Here are three of the delightful and funny animations:The PetThe Flying HouseBug Vaudeville [more inside]
How To Cope With Death.
Fun, short, animated film. If only we could do this with the tax collector.
Friday Fun Time: Fight sequences are always fun to watch, but even more fun, I've learned, when they're animated. There are some great fights with some great characters like stick figures
and even fuzz-ball heads
. Even the classic animator vs animation fights are pretty good (volume 1
Look Ma! No YouTube links (thanks to aniBoom
. Ready-Set-Bumbo II
. "No babies or dogs were hurt in the making of this film."
“Thirty-six characters from different stages of life - representations of different times - interact in one room, moving in loops, observed by a static camera. I had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece”[ source]
: Zbig Rybczynski
on the making of his award winning (and much imitated
) animation "Tango
"(YT, mildly NSFW)