Posts Tagged ‘Film’

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

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

From Nothing Something, A Documentary on the Creative Process – WATCH VIDEO

A feature film directed by Tim Cawley, From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a spectrum of disciplines and finds the methods, habits, beliefs and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process – straight from the brains of some of our culture’s most accomplished and inspiring talents.

Director Tim Cawley tapped frequent collaborators at Brickyard VFX to produce his feature documentary From Nothing, Something, through their feature division, Brickyard Filmworks. The documentary chronicles the creative processes behind such great minds as Tom Perrotta, Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara, Neville Page, Preston Scott Cohen, Huma Bhabha and others ranging from cancer researchers to celebrity chefs, to uncover where people get their ideas and how they bring them to fruition. The film premieres Sunday, April 29 at the 10th annual Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), in Boston, Massachusetts.

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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.


Designers as entrepreneurs
Being a designer is a bit like being an entrepreneur. We share a drive to question the solutions around us and look for opportunities to innovate. As designers we have the advantage of being able to take a vision, define and refine it, and then make it a production reality. We thrive on taking on the design challenges.

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But taking the leap into the realm of entrepreneurship is a challenge we can find ourselves unprepared for. Being an entrepreneur means taking on a new level of risk; it means being willing to invest all your energy and your money into a project with a very small chance of succeeding. A belief that your vision is worth risking it all is what drives successful entrepreneurs.

Steve Jobs and others serve as inspiration to designers every day. But what does it take to start the journey to become the next big thing? Perhaps this insight from a fellow creative practitioner will help shed some light and set you down the path.

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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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Adobe and Cut&Paste announced the call for competitors for the Cut&Paste signature event, the Digital Design Tournament. This “Iron Chef” for design tour is held live in 12 cities worldwide.

Cut&Paste is a social arena for showcasing design talent and creating opportunities for designers – a global movement of artists, firms and media working to strengthen creative networks through events and local support.

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The “design as spectator sport” approach that it brings to 2D, 3D and motion/animation competitions will be showcased live on stage in 12 design capitals – Beijing, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Tel Aviv, London, Berlin, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Seoul.

Cut&Paste’s sponsor Adobe’s Senior Worldwide Design Evangelist Rufus Deuchler has outlined a number of key techniques that will give competitors an edge in the competition. Available at, Rufus’ video tips focus on how to create spectacular designs quickly and efficiently in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, which is crucial for competitors working under the extremely tight deadlines the tournament imposes.

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Dave Kellett has been working with, twice-Sundance-nominated film-maker Fred Schroeder, and they have been flying around the US and Canada in a two-year labor of love, interviewing 60 cartoonists in their studios to create a wonderful film. They’ve sat down with creators to talk about how cartooning works, why it’s so loved, and how they’re navigating the painful decline of print, and the painful rise of digital. It’s our love-letter to the art form, but also an in-depth discussion of how artists – all artists – are practicing their art in an age where everything is changing.

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But they need your help to make it happen.

The editors, animators, and musicians are all discounting their rates to help us complete it, but it’s still an expensive process. Lordy, you wouldn’t believe how expensive it all is. But with your help, this really special film can be a reality.

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Hatch Awards 2011
The Hatch Awards 2011 are an annual event in which advertising agencies and people in the advertising industry in New England are awarded for notable work and lifetime achievements. Winners are chosen by the “Hatch Steering Committee”, chosen from the U.S. and Canada. Categories include Consumer Magazine Single Page, Poster, Website, Radio, and Newspaper. As of 2011, the Hatch Awards are in their 51st consecutive year.

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Rosoff Awards
This event awards companies which are seen as having taken a proactive approach to running the business concerning diversity and multicultural acceptance within the company. Another more notable aspect of the awards is the scholarships given out to a handful of Boston Public School students who have shown interest in the advertising community and exceptional academic performance throughout High School. In 2009, The Ad Club gave away approximately 100,000 dollars in scholarships to ten different students, sponsored by 5 different New England colleges and a number of corporate sponsors.

Hatch Awards 2011

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Elliott Sellers is the newest addition to The Masses Lab, part of the ground-breaking collaboration of film makers and artists known as “The Masses.” Founded by Matt Amato, Jon Ramos, the late Heath Ledger and friends, the group’s mission statement declares, “Within the intersection of art and commerce, we find the message and deliver it to the masses by the most powerful, visionary and authentic means possible, be it film, music, advertising, or multi-platform content.”

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The Masses Lab is a group of young film makers showcased by the company for producing ground-breaking work in the style of The Masses collective, but with a perspective from a younger generation.

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.


‘Gulp’ is a short film created by Sumo Science at Aardman, depicting a fisherman going about his daily catch.

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Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the ‘largest stop-motion animation set’, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.

iF Concept Design Award 2012, the international competition for up-and-coming talent, is now open for entries.

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Students in the fields of design, architecture, marketing and engineering from all over the world are invited to submit their innovative, trend-setting ideas and concepts.

Deadline for entries is January 10, 2012.

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This will be one of the very few documentaries on design, and certainly the first about the impact design thinking has on the world. Design Thinking was applied as a term and methodology by a design firm in 2008. It was received as a tool to solve every problem, from daily life decisions to business challenges to world hunger problems.
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Attention and debates followed; some insisted on design education in all K-12 schools, some declared it is just marketing tool for that firm, some hoped it would turn his company into Apple. Some said it’s nothing new, just a new packaging of how creative people do things.

If your reaction is one of these:
1. Design is cool. What’s design thinking?!
2. Move on! Design thinking is dead.
3. That’s the hottest buzzword and answer to world peace!!! I can’t miss this!
4. But I’m not a designer…?

You should join us – this film is for you!


Remixing is a folk art but the techniques involved — collecting material, combining it, transforming it — are the same ones used at any level of creation. You could even say that everything is a remix.
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Seasons is a surreal motion graphics animation based on the changing seasons. Beginning with spring, the richly hued illustrations in this work come alive as they transform in color and rhythmic tempo to reveal the full seasonal spectrum.
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Mirari-design is the selected commissioned work and concepts by Jimmy Yuan

Jimmy Yuan is a design director and co-founder of Mirari & Co. he has worked for numbers of top tier studios around the world and has directed and designed innovative moving image works for brands include: MTV Australia, BMW, Hewlett-Packard, COCA-COLA and Royal Elastics; he has also worked on title sequence and special effects design for movies include “Fast and Furious 4” and “Race to Witch Mountain ”.

A presentation of New York in Motion, a one-hour documentary video featuring more than 50 of the most influential people in the field of motion graphics who have helped make New York a center for this industry.

The film, directed by Graham Elliott, is executive produced by the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department Chair Richard Wilde.

The event is free and open to the public.
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The video—made by GAFFTA and Nic Hanselmann for the new turn-by-turn direction app Waze—begins just as evening rush hour is starting. The numbers behind this video were generated by Waze users, whose apps generate GPS readings that measure routes and average speed as they drive, over a single day.
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You can see a live map of global data here). When a road lights up, a Waze user has driven on it. Users can also report incidents like police activity (blue dots) and hazards (green dots), both of which are high at 4 p.m. The red dots are where the system has indicated bad traffic. There are a lot of them, too.

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