Champion flash animator Pascal Campion
October 26, 2007 12:20 PM   Subscribe

Flash Friday Fun: The frenetic, fun flash animations of Pascal Campion.
My favorites: The Door, the Saul Bass like les tomates and the bouncing ball brilliance of Catnip.

The guy has literally dozens and dozens of clips on his website (click on Animations) Some more great ones:
Cycle, Clue, Pyramid, and the really crazy Cops.

His work inspired Boss sequences are also fantastic:
Tugging | One or two | Venting | Clap | Sigh | Venting rematch | Roboss

And, if you think he could make a living doing this, you'd be right. He's a director at Bent Image Lab and responsible for spots like these for PBS and Ritz Crackers.
posted by ssmith (10 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Je frappe au numero un.
posted by Sk4n at 12:38 PM on October 26, 2007

Whoa. How do I learn to do that?
posted by Richard Daly at 4:10 PM on October 26, 2007

Perhaps, more usefully, I admire his faith in his audience to keep up with very fast visuals.
posted by Richard Daly at 4:14 PM on October 26, 2007

Yeah, these zip right along. I had to watch les tomates twice before I caught on with the lyrics and what exactly was going on, but once I did it had me chuckling. Excellent link!
posted by carsonb at 4:38 PM on October 26, 2007

Also, I've heard it said before, The pleasure in watching this come from the reactivity in the same temporality between sound and picture.
posted by carsonb at 4:40 PM on October 26, 2007

Oops. I forgot to mention that I discovered the site via the most excellent Neatorama.
posted by ssmith at 5:11 PM on October 26, 2007

Can anyone tell me the basic mediums he is using? My kids want to know.

They think he's using some kind of drawing tablet with a clicker that captures the image into his PC and then he's panning, zooming etc those images inside a flash authoring program. Are we on the right track? Thanks
posted by surplus at 6:40 PM on October 26, 2007

Surplus, I think the way he's animating almost all of the stuff he does directly within the Flash program using a pressure sensitive tablet such as those available from Wacom.

Doing simple animations is really easy in Flash with a tablet, it's just really hard to do it with this much energy and panache. The guy has a ton of talent.
posted by ssmith at 7:19 PM on October 26, 2007

Thanks ssmith. Those tablets are cool.

And don't worry. Nobody in my house thinks talent like Pascal's is purchased online.
posted by surplus at 7:29 PM on October 26, 2007

Cool. A Portal cartoon with sandworms!
posted by Samizdata at 11:01 PM on October 26, 2007

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