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 and Stink
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.
What are Derivatives? Our Whiteboard for ISDA Explains
Derivatives have gotten a reputation as something that introduces risk to our economic system, which is ironic, because the intent and effect of derivatives is the exact opposite: to help businesses reduce their operating risk.
Le Clitoris, an Animated Film 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.)
R&D From Theoriz: Projecting Responsive Environments
Back in the old days, when a movie studio wanted to shoot an outdoor scene in the studio, they would often choose rear projection. That is, they would shoot an outdoor scene and project it on translucent material in a studio, then place the actors and lighting in front of it. The unforgettable last scene from Some Like it Hot is a good example. A wind machine and moving the actors' perch completes the effect.
Giorgio, a Short Film by Nicolo Bianchino
Nicolo Bianchino is a Brooklyn-based designer-animator who has made a short film about Giorgio Moroder, the Italian Singer-Songwriter-Composer-Producer, and narrated by the man himself. It's a flat and colorful approach, with lots of fun transitions and disco period stylings. Enjoy!
Netflix Recommended TVs: Wrapping Selling Points in Story
Selling points have facts, concepts, features, benefits. They might be useful to us, but consuming them is like downing medicine. Stories have characters, events, beginnings and endings. Consuming them is like downing candy. Fortunately, you can wrap the medicine in a candy – wrap selling points in story – and that's what this video directed by IV Studio for Netflix does.
Oscar-Winner 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. Here it is:
Past Winner of the Annecy Animation Festival: Pixels
Back in 2003 I was shocked to learn that my film, It's About My Brother, had gotten accepted to the Annecy Animation Festival. I had kind of written the film off – even festivals like Palm Springs that accepted literally hundreds of shorts were turning it down. Then along came the most prestigious animation festival in the world saying, yes, they would like to have me over.
Le Cube Directs Promo for Miami’s The Confidante Hotel
Sao Paolo and particularly Buenos Aires are becoming hot-houses of animation talent. At IdeaRocket, we have been privileged to collaborate with some of the artists down there. The Pick of this Week features some inspired work that was produced down south.
What Subjects Are Right for Whiteboard Animation?
Sometimes we surprise ourselves. I had always thought what whiteboard animation excelled at was concepts – really drawing out the relationships between people or things, using metaphors to elucidate ideas, creating a graphical map of processes. And of course, whiteboard animation is good at those things.
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.
Stop-Motion Auteur PES
At IdeaRocket, we’ve shared our enthusiasm about the work of some of our favorite independent filmmakers. Heck, we’ve even collaborated with some of the ones we’ve featured. But as far I can remember, we have not shared the work of stop-motion auteur, PES.
Looped Animation: 2016 Yule Log Compendium
For many years WPIX, and independent TV station in New York, would broadcast a yule log just before Christmas. It was a log burning on a fireplace, Christmas music… and nothing else. For hours. Of course, this minimalist approach to television was widely admired at the time and is fondly remembered by many.
Going to Vegas: A Video Party Invite
Usually our Pick of the Week features animation from filmmakers around the world, and that will continue to be the case. We love all animation, not just our own! However, we want to show you some of our work occasionally too. And since we're in the party season, we thought you might enjoy this party invite video we produced for Veeam in 2d character animation.
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? (Animated Short)
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: The Airport of the Future (Animated Video)
What will the airport of the future look like? What will it feel like? And where, twenty years from now, will even we be going? The Vancouver Airport Authority sought to answer these questions with a gorgeous 30-second animated video that gives us a glimpse into what might be...
PICK OF THE WEEK: Ripaille (a Gobelins Animated Short)
Have you ever looked at art from centuries ago and thought to yourself: those "simpler times" don't look like very much fun? In Ripaille, that's exactly what our two main characters—a pair of museum-dwellers; Ségolène and Martine—think as they observe paintings from the Middle Ages. But suddenly, much to their surprise, the art comes to life and shows them a whole other side of the Middle Ages.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Invisible (CGI 3D Animated Short)
Finding love is hard enough. But when you're a shy chameleon—who vanishes from visibility whenever you get nervous—it can be downright brutal. Is there any hope? Animators Michael Trikosko and Andrew Wilson aim to answer this question in their charming animated short Invisible, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Which Sunscreen Should You Choose? (Explainer Video)
One of the most enjoyable things to do during the summer is spend a relaxing day at the beach. But in order to relax, you'll want to make sure that you're fully protected; to make sure that you've selected the right sunscreen that'll keep you healthy and un-burned. So, which sunscreen should you choose? Our PICK OF THE WEEK, Which Sunscreen Should You Choose? not only answers that question, but aims to answer a larger one as well: how (and why) does sunscreen exactly work?
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Modern Olympic Games (360 Video)
Have you been following the Olympics? Well, our PICK OF THE WEEK allows you to do more than just enjoy the 2016 Rio Games. With The Modern Olympic Games, a 360 video from The New York Times, viewers can be transported back in time to some of the most iconic Olympic moments from the past century. From Babe Didrikson's triumphs in 1932 to the record-breaking feats of Usain Bolt in 2008. And, because of the 360-degree video format, viewers will actually feel like they are there; observing and embracing the virtual reality of these frozen, golden moments...
PICK OF THE WEEK: Spellbound (3D Animated Short)
"Be careful what you wish for."
We've all heard that expression and undoubtedly experienced variations of this adage-in-action at various points throughout our lives. But, as adults, most of us have probably forgotten how silly those words sounded to us when we were kids. Careful? About what we wish for? What could possibly go wrong?! Well, our PICK OF THE WEEK—a 3D animated short called Spellbound—attempts to answer those questions and brings this old adage to life in a thoughtful and endearing manner.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Economics is for Everyone! (Whiteboard Animation)
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: Hi5 (explainer video)
When hiring personnel, we’re all looking for superheroes. But as most of us have learned from experience (as well as a decade of Marvel movies!) superheroes don’t always get along. Getting talented employees to collaborate can often be a challenge. But as we’ll see in our PICK OF THE WEEK—an explainer video for Hi5, a brand that assists companies conduct co-worker reviews—there might now be some effective solutions to help solve this problem.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Fix Florida by Costa Sunglasses (Explainer Video)
Have you ever been to a place so beautiful that photos and videos simply don't do it justice? Of course, we all have. And we've all thought: well, then I wish there was another way for me to express the magic I've just experienced. Oftentimes, our solution is through narrative. To tell a story that--through physical description and personal experience--can convey that elusive magic about a place.
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Berlin Candy Bomber (Explanation Video)
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."
What Makes Something “Kafkaesque”? (Explainer Video)
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: “Make The Future” (Motion Graphics Explainer Video)
At the end of this month, Shell will be hosting a four-day festival of ideas and innovation called "Make The Future." The event, which will run from June 30 to July 3, promises to provide a rare glimpse into "the future of our cities, our energy and the lives we’ll soon be living."
PICK OF THE WEEK: The New Plastics Economy (Explainer Video)
Most of us use plastics on a daily basis. Nevertheless, most of us probably don't ever think twice about the economics of plastic. Luckily, however, getting viewers to think more deeply about seemingly ordinary topics is just one of the many benefits that an explainer video can offer. For proof of that, look no further than The New Plastics Economy, a fast-paced, thoughtful explainer that we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Fame in the 21st Century (An Explainer)
When we think about explainer videos, we tend to think about those that illustrate businesses, introduce new products or teach valuable lessons. Rarely, however, do we find an explainer video that talks about culture. But given how much cultural trends can influence all of the above (business, products, lessons), such videos can be useful to help us better understand our surroundings. And that opportunity for analysis--and how it's cleverly brought to life via an explainer--is one of the things that we really liked about Luiz Stockler's Grooming Your Stardom, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Flattr Plus (Animated Teaser)
Whenever you go online, internet ads are just a part of life. Right? Well, maybe not. At least if Flattr Plus has their way. Flattr Plus is a microdonation provider--a joint venture between Flattr and Adblock Plus--whose goal is to eliminate online ads by directly paying content creators instead. To help launch the product and spread the word about this bold endeavor, Flattr Plus created a smart, swift animated teaser that we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: The Cook-Off (Character Animation)
Competition brings out the best in us, right? Perhaps, but sometimes that competitive spirit needs to be tempered with some humility to progress. This is a lesson that's learned by the passionate, pastry-making protagonist of Hanna Cho's The Cook-Off, a great example of 2D character animation that we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: How OnHub Keeps Your Wi-Fi Fast (Explainer)
At home or at work, Wi-Fi connectivity plays a big part in our daily lives. But what if I told you that your Wi-Fi experience could be even better? Faster? Smoother? More consistent? Well that's exactly what OnHub promises to deliver. And to help get the word out, they've created a fun, flashy, motion graphics explainer video in How OnHub Keeps Your Wi-Fi Fast that we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Desert Critters (Video Animated)
Are you having a tough day? The stresses pilling up? Could you use a little pick-me-up? Then let us recommend something that's bound to slap a smile on your face: an adorable, endearing two-minute animated short called Desert Critters that we've unanimously selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Should You Trust Unanimous Decisions? (explainer)
To help make our own decisions, we often rely on the decisions made by friends, family members and anonymous audiences. So it stands to reason that the more consensus there is amongst their decisions, the more sure we should be about our own, right? Well...not quite. That's because there are hidden variables at play; unseen factors that influence decision. Luckily, to help make us more aware of these hidden forces and the potential dangers, there's a crafty, compelling explainer video entitled Should You Trust Unanimous Decisions?, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Introducing the Reddit Mobile App (Motion Graphics)
As businesses grow, particularly those in the social and tech spaces, they often reach a point where it makes sense for them to create their very own mobile app. Well, it makes sense to them. But it might not always make sense to their customers and users. Or, at the least, it's unfamiliar and potentially daunting to those who have grown accustomed to interacting with that business/service in a different capacity. As a result, it can be quite challenging for brands to introduce mobile apps. That's why we were particularly impressed by a cool, crafty explainer video entitled Introducing the Reddit Mobile App, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Time Smash (3D Animation)
If we, as a society, have learned anything from Back to the Future, it's that time travel can be a dangerous endeavor. How dangerous? Well, if you accidentally leave your cat behind, that could potentially wipe out humankind as we know it. At least according to Ben Reicher's smart, stylish animated short Time Smash, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker (animated video)
Even if you love what you do and have a talent for that craft, it can be hard to figure out how to monetize your skill and your passion. This was a challenge faced by an Iowa homemaker named Thelma A. Meyer, who wanted to create a cleaning product that not only worked great, but smelled great as well. The result of her inspiration was a successful line of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products. Now, to give back, the company is looking to help other DIYers replicate that kind of success. And to woo submissions for the "First-Ever Mrs. Meyer's Home Maker," they created an engaging, inspiring animated video that we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: 5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking (explainer)
Every day, all of us are faced with thousands of choices. With so many possibilities, it's impossible to make the right decision every time. But it would be great to understand why we make certain decisions and even greater, especially for those tough choices, to implement a technique for objective analysis and evaluation. That's exactly what "critical thinking" is and it's the focus of our PICK OF THE WEEK: a well-structured and enlightening explainer called 5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion (explainer video)
Figuring out how to explain Newton's three laws of motion is tough. But figuring out how to do that and make viewers actually care? That's a brutal challenge. Yet it's one that is beautifully achieved in a new explainer video by the Royal Observatory Greenwich aptly titled Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Facebook Best Practices (explainer video)
The prevalence of social media is more than just a reality; nowadays, it's a necessity. But given the short history of even the most popular social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) as well as their quickly evolving nature, it can be hard to be aware of all the DO's and the DONT's. To help bring light to this issue, and direct users towards more information, Facebook has released a beautiful Best Practices video, which we've selected as our PICK OF THE WEEK.
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 (Animated Video)
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: The History of Dried Fruit (Whiteboard Animation)
Have you ever found yourself deeply contemplating the history of dried fruit? (Don't worry, neither have we). At least not until we came across our PICK OF THE WEEK: a fun, engaging whiteboard animation produced by Crispy Green.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Papa (Animated Video)
Typically in our PICK OF THE WEEK section, we like to highlight an exceptional explainer video or example of whiteboard animation. This week, however, we were so impressed with Natalie Labarre's Papa, that we wanted to shine a spotlight on her inventive, evocative and entertaining short film.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Vitaminwater (explainer video)
Doesn't it seem like Vitaminwater is sold just about everywhere these days? Well, that's because it pretty much is. Impressive! But perhaps what's most impressive about Vitaminwater's omnipresence is that the beverage was launched only 16 years ago, and with the most humble of origins. How humble are those origins and how quickly has Vitaminwater grown? That's what our PICK OF THE WEEK was created to tell us.
PICK OF THE WEEK: Big Data (animated demo)
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: Spicy (3D Animation)
Have you ever ordered a lizard from Mexico and then dressed him up to look more like a vampire? Me neither. But that strange question serves as the premise for our PICK OF THE WEEK: an exciting and endearing 3D animation called Spicy.
PICK OF THE WEEK: An Explain Video About Multi-Asset Investing
Asset management is important to many businesses and individual investors, but it can be an intimidating topic to wrap one's head around. Intimidating and, let's face it, a dry subject matter to talk about in the abstract. That's what makes our PICK OF THE WEEK all the more impressive. From start to finish, The Seven Deadly Sins of Multi-Asset Investing is a fun, tremendously accessible explain video that really shows off the tonal versatility of animation.