Dynamic Animation: Good Adds Up From Facebook
The capability to add user photos dynamically to web-based animation has been around for a while. (JibJab, those makers of memorable political parody, have made a whole business out of it.) But it's not often done as well as in this project directed by Johnny Kelly for Facebook. The simple and elegant design is by London-based illustrators Nous Vous.
Strava: My Year In Sports By Panda Yoghurt
Rube Goldberg devices have always inspired animators. One of the first to be entranced by them was unheralded genius Charley Bowers. Although almost completely forgotten for many years, his work is starting to get the the recognition that has long eluded it. Bowers was a pioneer of stop-motion, blending this technique with live action to become a special effects trailblazer.
Friday Roundup: Animated Video Tools, Tutorials
Wacom is releasing a bigger, better Cintiq tablet, Guillermo Del Toro has made a movie about a CGI mermaid in a secret facility, and you can learn how to make realistic whiteboard animation effects in After Effects with our simple video tutorial. Animated video is getting better all the time.
Le Clitoris, By Lori Malépart-Traversy
Our Pick of the Week is a charming film by Lori Malépart-Traversy about... well, the Clitoris. (I briefly considered labeling this film NSFW, but quickly discarded the notion. There's nothing here that is the least bit prurient or offensive – there's just beauty and humor.)
Oscar-Nominee Oktapodi From France’s Gobelins School
When I used to teach 3D animation, sometime during the course I always included a screening of Oktapodi, an Oscar-winning short from France's elite animation school, Gobelins. I would usually show the film once, then replay it with a running commentary pointing out things that the students might not notice. For the Pick of this Week, I'd like to provide some notes for just the first thirty seconds of this masterpiece short.
New Kinky-Sweet-Weird Stop-Motion Film By Kirsten LePore
We don't do stop-motion at IdeaRocket, but we are definitely fans. (Check out our piece on PES.) The charm of stop-motion is its imperfections: the things the animator accidentally moved, the changes in lighting, the rough edges of the models. Stop-motion always feels touched by humans. Kirsten LePore is an emerging master in it.
Pick Of The Week: Planet Unknown (3D Animation)
Did you like Pixar's WALL-E? What about Toy Story? Or how about just compelling buddy stories in general? If you answered yes to any of that, then there's a strong chance you'll enjoy Shawn Wang's thoughtful, accessible and endlessly endearing animated short Planet Unknown.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Where Do Great Ideas Come From?
What do great ideas and fishing have in common? According to filmmaker David Lynch: a lot. And in an interview with The Atlantic, he beautifully and eloquently describes why. The audio from that interview was plucked and now serves as the centerpiece of an animated short that's bound to engage, inspire and, ideally, help you better "catch" ideas.
Pick Of The Week: Economics Is For Everyone! (RSA)
Economics is important...but much too complicated for non-economists to understand, right? Well, economist Ha-Joon Chang begs to differ. At least on a fundamental level. He believes that every single person can and should get their head around basic economics. And his perspective has never been more accessible than it is in our PICK OF THE WEEK: Economics is for Everyone!, an engaging, explainer video based on a recent speech given by Ha-Joon Chang.
Pick Of The Week: The Berlin Candy Bomber
War, as any soldier will tell you, is hell. That's why it's rare to come across a war story that is upbeat and uplifting for all parties involved. But such tales do exist, and it's a joy to seem them brought to light. Which is exactly what our PICK OF THE WEEK has done with The Berlin Candy Bomber, a two-minute explanation video that blends animation with interview footage to tell the tale of, Gail Halvorsen, a retired officer in the United States Air Force who, during World War II, was best known to children all over Germany as "The Chocolate Flier."
Pick Of The Week: What Makes Something ‘Kafkaesque’?
Who among us hasn't heard the descriptor "Kafkaesque" before? And who among us, at one time or another, hasn't wondered exactly what that word means? Well, we needn't wonder any more as the term is analyzed and beautifully explained in our PICK OF THE WEEK: a clever new explainer video entitled "What Makes Something "Kafkaesque"?
Pick Of The Week: Rock, Paper, Scissors (Animated Video)
Who wore it best?
That's the question that most Academy Award viewers are left wondering after the Oscars. This year, however, I found myself wondering something else entirely: Who animated that? And as much I loved seeing the Minions on stage, and admired several of the animated films contention, this question on the tip of my tongue--who animated that?--came in response to this wonderful commercial that we've now selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK:
Pick Of The Week: How Miscommunication Happens (Animation)
Whether at home or in the office, do you find yourself frequently colliding with moments of miscommunication? With so many diverse ways to interact these days—and the increasingly diverse backgrounds of those interacting—it’s almost hard to imagine that miscommunication, in some form, isn’t part of everyone’s daily lives. But why does it happen? And, more importantly, what can be done to minimize its frequency? These are the questions that lie at the heart of our PICK OF THE WEEK: an insightful animated video aptly titled How Miscommunication Happens.
Pick Of The Week: Big Data, World Economic Forum
Last week, many of the world’s political and business leaders met in Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) conference. The official theme of this year’s meeting was “mastering the fourth industrial revolution,” which entailed looking at technical innovations—from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—and talking about how these things will change the way we live and work in the future.
Pick Of The Week: The Looking Planet (3D Animation)
Typically, we use our Pick of the Week to shine a light on an outstanding explainer video and/or impressive example of whiteboard animation. This week, however, we wanted to focus exclusively on storytelling, and we were particularly moved by an award-winning short film called The Looking Planet that personifies the power of story.