Posts Tagged ‘Animation’

Here is an opportunity to look at the behind-the-scenes graphic design work for the movie Beauty and the Beast; a closer look at their countdown social campaign before the release. I like the choice of the font throughout this whole campaign although not used everywhere. You will notice there is a different design depending on the representation of the movie scene. Props to the work from Sean Hobman who is a freelance art director/designer working with the folks from Watson DG who are pretty known in working with various Hollywood releases.

Published on Behance, this is a project in collaboration between Sean Hobman and the mighty folks from Watson DG. They are both located in different location from London, UK to Los Angeles, California.

CAMP Festival is a 2-day conference about creativity, art, design and technology happening on September 8-9 in Calgary, Canada. With many top-notch storytellers like Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK and our beloved James White, this festival on its first edition, looks quite promising and inspiring for your creative flux. Time to explore the Digital Wilderness!
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With 14 expert-lead presentations and panels, 300+ attendees, endless networking opportunities and a special evening event to boot, CAMP will educate you on the advancements in digital media, push your creativity, and leave you an inspired happy camper.

CAMP is working in partnership with global event producer FITC to bring this awesomeness to town!

To learn more please visit:  CAMP Festival – LINK

Art directors are becoming animators. Print designers are becoming web designers. Illustrators are now photographers who also edit and shoot film. Adobe has launched a new campaign, I Am The New Creative, that highlights the work of these new creatives: profiling one creative each day and using their amazing imagery to “take over” every social media channel that touches Adobe’s creative tools and technologies.
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With the Creative Cloud our product teams have removed the barriers to creative expression: Designers can build parallax HTML5 experiences. Illustrators are making EPUBs. Photographers are using their cameras and Adobe technology to become filmmakers. And coders have the tools to make beautiful design.

It’s an amazing and interesting time in our industry; people have the ability to self-express, in any discipline, without boundaries. I Am The New Creative promotes the amazing work our community is producing and marks this moment in time as a movement and a celebration of creativity.

One of the most incredible aspects of this program has been watching creative professionals merge their mediums and their portraits to produce “New Creatives” versions of themselves.

There’s something magical about the compositions. As a designer there’s always a part of me in my work, but to personalize my work in this way, to make my work more representative of me, presents an alternative perspective. All of the artists we’re working with are enjoying this experience and are appreciative of our desire to promote their amazing creative output.

To learn more please visit:  I Am The New Creative – LINK

Wacom has unveiled a pressure-sensitive digital pen for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. The Intuos Creative Stylus works seamlessly with the iPad and a series of creative apps, providing an authentic experience for whenever inspiration strikes.
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Designed for the iPad 3, 4 and Mini, the Intuos Creative Stylus is compatible with popular creative apps such as Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage, Bamboo Paper, ProCreate and Psykopaint. The Intuos Creative Stylus’s advanced technology comes in form of a best-in-class pen experience and pressure sensitivity of 2048 pressure levels. This means that it can reproduce the feel and artistic control of traditional brushes and markers, so it’s ideal for sketching, illustrating and image editing.

To learn more please visit: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus – LINK

Adobe has unveiled the Adobe Photoshop CC at MAX 2013 as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud. The new version pushes the boundaries of possibility, offering a powerful new creative process, legendary imaging magic, and greater creative freedom with new tools and workflows.

Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud. Photoshop CC includes a wide range of innovative enhancements, including new image deblurring and sharpening features to improve design workflows, and new Camera Raw capabilities. This update combines Photoshop standard and Photoshop Extended features.

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“With the ability to quickly deliver new innovations, we’re empowering photographers and creatives to push the boundaries in digital imaging and design,” commented Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe.

“Our customers will no longer have to wait 18 to 24 months to access new Photoshop innovation. When a new Photoshop feature is ready – whether it’s the next Healing Brush or something as mind-blowing as Content Aware Fill – we’ll deliver it via Creative Cloud.”

All-new CC apps are scheduled to be released in June 2013.

To learn more please visit: Adobe Unveils Photoshop CC at MAX – LINK

Ogilvy & Mather and Director Jonathan Notaro of Brand New School are calling out the history of humanity’s tooth-cleaning habits with their spot for Philips Sonicare, “Stick with Technology” for their Odyssey campaign. The time-travelling spot raises the question of why, at a time when human beings adopt technology to every element of their lives at an exponential rate, does 72% of the US population continue to scour our teeth with what are essentially bristles on a stick?

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The spot was created as an “Odyssey” through time, with detailed attention to determining the appropriate eras and vignettes to shoot through the time warp, as well as the accompanying sets, locations, acting and wardrobe.

“We wanted the actor to literally ‘brush his way through time’,” said Notaro. “So we practically tethered the actor to the camera/dolly and dragged them through the various period-specific scenes.”

The Philips films were shot on location in Budapest, including a Victorian train station with a locomotive, as well as on studio lots with constructed medieval sets. In order to get the most realistic results while minimizing the use of CG, the wardrobe animation was shot on green screen mannequins with garments run across them. The team also developed other complex animations using stop motion techniques at the BNS film studio stateside.

To see the video please visit: Sonicare – 5000 Year Journey – LINK

Aquafadas has released an update to MotionComposer, a software that lets prosumers and professionals easily create Flash or HTML5 animations and interactive content.

The update adds support for audio and a new optimized engine that generates animations compatible with the latest generation of browsers using HTML5.

“MotionComposer 1.6 gives everyone, not just developers, the unlimited ability to create web and eBook animations that can run on any device or browser – without writing a single line of code,” commented Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas.

“Users of all skill levels are free to create engaging animated content for their websites, blogs, and self-published eBooks easily with MotionComposer.

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And the latest version opens up even more possibilities, now providing multiple export options and the ability to add in audio, making for even more interesting web content.”

Unlike other animation software, MotionComposer does not employ the use of complicated timelines. Its simple-to-use interface features the concept of “slides” and “states,” where each slide is a state of the global animation.

MotionComposer 1.6 – LINK

NY-based creative production company Gretel worked with Style’s strategists and executives to craft a new brand image for the network with energy, versatility, personality, and, above all, style.

Style has been on the air for over ten years. Though they’ve enjoyed some success building an aspirational, upbeat network that viewers trust, the brand wasn’t reflecting their full potential. They were looking to make a big splash, and to craft a brand that truly lived up to the promise in their name: Style.

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In rebranding the network, it was up to the talented team at Gretel to capitalize on this opportunity to give Style a look, energy, and point of view to stake their claim in the category.

“There are other networks that touch on style, but Style is the only network dedicated to the idea,” said Greg Hahn, Founder and Creative Director at Gretel. “At the same time, their brand has been a tad modest – in our view – and they have flown a bit under the radar. There is such rich opportunity for a network like Style, and they know it. They needed a bolder, more colorful, more expressive brand to connect with all the style-obsessed viewers out there.”

Style Media Rebrand – LINK

The metaio Creator is a new software that will enable non-developers to create and deploy Augmented Reality experiences with no coding necessary. The application is the next step in Augmented Reality content production, and was specifically designed for non-developers, designers and people who have the desire to create amazing AR experience but wish to do so without using a hard-coding environment.
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The metaio Creator is compatible with junaio and can be used to quickly deploy custom, cloud-based AR content to Android and iOS devices. Developers and Creator users alike will benefit from an upcoming junaio update that will allow for HTML and JavaScript interactions and dramatically increase the possibilities for mobile experiences.

Future versions of the metaio Creator will allow for the deployment of content to all of metaio’s software, from the popular metaio Mobile SDK all the way to offline experiences using the metaio PC SDK.

“Augmented Reality production used to be restricted to developers and programmers,” said metaio CEO and Co-Founder Thomas Alt. “The metaio Creator will change that by enabling even beginners to effortlessly create and launch AR experiences.”

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Watch this video on how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go. There’s a nod to technology Apple has helped proliferate, with interfaces that resemble those seen in easy-touch smartphones and tablet computers. There is also the ability to manipulate graphics projected off the screen with hand motions, as seen in the movie Minority Report. Such technology exists, but is still being developed for commercial use.

While the theme of the video is “productivity,” it’s tied to the underlying assumption that such hyper-connectivity and always-on features will drive the performance of knowledge workers to deliver even more value to their businesses.

Director Carl Erik Rinsch and Wieden + Kennedy tapped Digital Domain for a cinematic-feeling :60 spot for Dodge that envisions what the future holds for those who love to drive. Digital Domain artists worked closely with longtime collaborator Rinsch to design the look, color, tone and feel of the futuristic world, which includes holograms, fantasy gestural user interfaces and obsequious robotic entities.

Founded in 1993 by film industry icon James Cameron and two business partners, digital production company Digital Domain has delivered innovative visuals for more than 80 movies — some of the most successful entertainment properties, including Titanic, Apollo 13, the Transformers trilogy and TRON: Legacy. Its artists have earned multiple Academy Awards®.

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A creative force in advertising, Digital Domain has created imagery for what we believe are some of the world’s most visually arresting commercials. The company has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly two decades and is expanding its role into the co-production of feature films and the creative development of advertising. From its facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, Florida, Mumbai and London, Digital Domain continues its innovative work in visual entertainment and advertising.

To watch the Dodge “Future” video please click here.

To learn more about Digital Domain please click here.

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Commodities speculation has a very human cost and this video was produced by Patrick Clair for the documentary series HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1.

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Patrick Clair is a motion designer from Sydney, Australia who specializes in visualizing information and directing design teams. He produces segments for factual TV shows and direct short documentary content and other times he enjoys promos and music visuals, often for youth or music brands.

Patrick works with people like Andrew Denton, The Chaser, MTV, Granada, TEDxSydney, Smirnoff, Billabong, Eskimo Joe, Frame Set Match, Fuel, Taxi Films, Resolution Design, SBS and the ABC.

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Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.

“Steve Jobs was unlike any other,” the world body said through a spokesperson. “He saw what others did not. He believed above all else in the power of human ingenuity – to create ‘tools’ that people could use, that would not only improve our lives but, quite literally, change the world. He was a truly global force.

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Robert A. Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, released a statement Thursday on Steve Jobs’ passing, calling him “a great friend as well as a trusted advisor.”

“Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era. Despite all he accomplished, it feels like he was just getting started. With his passing the world has lost a rare original, Disney has lost a member of our family, and I have lost a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurene and his children during this difficult time,” Iger said.

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Making Great Illustration examines the work of some of the world’s best illustrators, with images of their artwork, photographic portraits and shots of their studios, it lifts the lid on the generally hidden processes involved in the creation of illustration from concept to finished work. The book covers a wide range of illustrative practice looking at both the conceptual and practical approaches of this huge variety of artists, and since each one has been interviewed face to face it uniquely offers a special glimpse into their world and thinking not found elsewhere.

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Making Great Illustration has ten sections, covering a wide range of work from design and advertising, political illustration, children’s books, surface pattern and fashion illustration through to graphic novels and reportage illustration.

Amongst the many artists included are: Javier Mariscal, Marian Bantjes, Alex Trochut, Quentin Blake, Dave Mckean, Yuko Shimizu, David Downton, Kitty Crowther (winner of the Astrid Lindgren Award 2010), Matthew Cook, Laura Carlin and Ronald Searle. Chapters are also introduced by internationally recognised clients, agents and museum curators within each field, offering some interesting additional perspectives on illustration.

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To learn more about the book and authors please click here.

To learn more specifically about Dave McKean please click here.

House of Moves is an incubator of ideas where motion capture converges with imagination, inspiring artists within the entertainment, gaming and commercial trade to see and express movement in previously unimagined ways.

House of Moves captures crash test performance for Lexus “light” commercial
Motion capture and animation company, Vicon House of Moves (HOM), provided motion capture for the :30 ‘Light’ commercial for Lexus that first aired September 7, 2011. Directed by Daniel Kleinman of Epoch Films, the spot was part of the luxury carmaker’s “Engineering Amazing” campaign.

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Full-service advertising agency Team One created the concept that highlights the advanced simulation technology Lexus developed in pursuit of industry-leading safety. Through the use of motion capture, the difference in data derived from a typical crash test dummy and the Lexus ‘crash test genius’ are illustrated with tiny dots of light outlining a driver in a slow-motion simulated crash. Production company Epoch Films enlisted Vicon House of Moves for the motion capture and data processing, and a52 to complete the visual effects for the spot.

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Flickermood 2.0, an experimental kinetic type animation by Sebastian Lange, is based on fragments of “Mutability,” an 18th-century poem by the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley that happens to capture the ephemeral nature of the 21st-century digital environment: nothing endures but change itself. “Flickermood expresses this through pulsing, throbbing, shifting, and repositioning of typography and music, drifting randomly, but always precise and consistent,” says Lange.

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Set to music by the Swedish musician Forss, the spot is fluid, fresh, unpredictable, and goes beyond the usual ways of animated type by using After Effects along with a lot of handmade keyframe animation. “I’m always amazed at how visually interesting some video pieces can be within very simple confines,” says Pinto. “This piece is kinetic and keeps your eyes locked to the screen. It’s a lot of fun with type.” Other viewers agreed. After publishing a 30-second version of the clip in 2007 to wide acclaim, Lange posted version 2.0 to Vimeo in December 2008 and received 40,000 views in just two weeks.

Updates and links to his work are listed below:
Sebastian Lange on Vimeo

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Offering a solid team of diverse and talented artists coupled with the latest technology and design tools, the Aaron Sims Company has the resources to make your vision come to life. Decades of industry experience has given the company a solid foundation in animation, illustration, sculpting and 3D design – all the different ways to make special effects happen – resulting in the most informed and cost-effective design work possible.

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In the mid-80s, Sims moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a special effects makeup artist. His work quickly attracted the attention of legendary Academy Award® winner Rick Baker, with whom Sims collaborated for the next twelve years. During that time, Sims served as a leading special effects artist on some of the most popular, defining movies of the 1990s: Gremlins 2, Batman Forever, Mighty Joe Young, Nutty Professor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Men in Black.

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