Friday, October 20, 2006

Freestyle Collective:Jet Blue

From their site: Freestyle Collective is a collaborative design and production studio recognized for its unique artistic sensibility. Freestyle Collective delivers creative advertising, promotion and branding solutions to a broad range of commercial, broadcast and corporate clients.

Freestyle Collective did the design and animation for this awesome animation for Jet Blue. The cutout aspect reminds me a bit of early South Park, but this is highly detailed. It's fun to watch and just clever.

If you have time, browse the Freestyle Collective's amazing work on their site. Incredible.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Conversation with Postworks

come on overPostworks chats about the lively and quirky new children's show, 'Come on Over', which premieres this Saturday. Postworks edits the show and develops the playful motion graphics and whimsical Flash website. We discuss the development and workflow of the episodes and how they overcame production issues. The whole show is just loveable.

Read the interview with Postworks.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Yael Staav - Dove - Evolution

My friend Alicia sent me this engaging video transformation. At first I thought it was a makeover video but it's nothing like that. Watch in amazement. The tagline "No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted" says it all.

The video was done by Reginald Pike director Yael Staav for Dove's campaign for real beauty. This is exactly the type of thing I was showing to my Photoshop class last year.


Carnival 3D animations done in AE

Creamyorange's Nick Campbell made this experimental carnival entirely in Adobe After Effects without the help of any 3D program. This is EXTREMELY difficult to do and I'm really impressed. I can't imagine how much time and effort went into this. I know this has been around for a couple of years, but it's still very cool.

Creamyorange also did the open for the 2006 Chicago Motion Graphics Festival, an event near and dear to my heart. They also have a slick 2005 Reel with lots of 2D/3D work.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

DJ Yoda - Wheels

I found this linked via

"Wheels" is a very cool video that uses a mix of techniques, from traditional animation, 3D, 2D, video, etc. It's got a very cool style. Check it out.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Frank Miller's 300 Trailer

300From "Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite."

Just a bet, 300 is going to be a gigantic hit at the Box Office. Looks like an amazing effects extravaganza.


Ugly Pictures and Man vs. Magnet

ugly pictures and man vs. magnetJustin Cone at Motionographer posted this hillarious and violent video of the Battle of Famous Album Covers. The spot was created for Fluid Battle of the AdBands in NYC. I can't imagine how much time this must've taken!

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Burn Burn by Heiner Twenhafel

burn burnAnother student project, this one is Burn Burn by Heiner Twenhafel. This is the text animation project and his timing and eye for clean, fast paced animation... I really think this guy is going places! He blew away the class and totally raised the bar for the next project.

If you're wondering, the song 'Burn Burn' by The Lost Prophets.

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DR JR by David Rigoli Jr.

DR. Jr.The assignment I gave my class was to use the advanced text engine in After Effects and animate :30 seconds. David Rigoli's 'Dr. Jr.' piece was one of my favorites.

All of the sections of the letters are letters themselves. He animated each either fully by hand or by modifying presets. He used 3 tracks of audio that he created himself. Not quite sure about the bubbles but David wanted to throw in something that you wouldn't expect to see and keep it fun.

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