Archive for the ‘animation’ Category
I love simple animations like this one by London-based illustrator Pia Bramley. See more lovely work by her here. Be sure to look around her site — it’s full of great drawings!
itdrewitself just released a video of london illustrator Tony Riff drawing at their north london studio. Pretty cool. It’s always fun to watch a talented illustrator work in real time.
Back in January we mentioned Nina Paley’s astonishing Sita Sings the Blues, an animated and musical tragicomedy with Indian roots and a 20′s jazz soundtrack.
It’s more than worth a mention that since last month, the released film has been available under the terms of a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. In short, as Paley writes, “You don’t need my permission to copy, share, publish, archive, show, sell, broadcast, or remix Sita Sings the Blues.”
Or to download and watch it. So grab a 1080p full cut, and remix Sita into something else awesome!
I love this video we received in the inbox this week:
“Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has unveiled a must-see new video for “Grapevine Fires,” one of the stand-out tracks on their RIAA gold certified Grammy nominated “NARROW STAIRS.” The animated clip, directed by Walter Robot, a.k.a. the team of multimedia artist Bill Barminski and writer Christopher Louie can be viewed below.
“Grapevine Fires” was initially inspired by DCFC vocalist/guitarist Ben Gibbard’s up-close-and-personal encounter with 2007′s California wildfires. The song – which was recently included on “CHANGE IS NOW: RESTORING AMERICA’S PROMISE,” the official commemorative CD-DVD set celebrating President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration – motivated Walter Robot to create an animated short film which brilliantly relays the sense of devastating tragedy and forced optimism caused by the fire’s wrath.”
The fires deeply affected us here at Utopian.net (we’re in the San Bernardino Mountain Range, and were under an evacuation order for two weeks, watching the smoke and the red sky). It is so healing to see amazing art growing from the ashes of these events.
I have no idea what made me think of it, but lolling in my bathtub this morning, I found myself rolling the end title credits of the movie “Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events” through my head. In my humble opinion, the title credits were the best thing about the movie. I Googled it as soon as I got out of the tub (someday, technology will catch up with me and I’ll be able to do that safely from underwater, but for now, I do recommend apres bathtub Googling) and found the lead animator, layout artist, and technical director Benjamin Goldman which lead me to this rather uninspired site (well, it IS under construction apparently so we will give him the benefit of the doubt): http://www.benjamingoldman.com/
there’s a few other pretty chew nuggets of animated goodness on there too.
I am a huge fan of what political illustrator Steve Brodner has done with his cartoons on the New Yorker website. This technique is a perfect marriage of classic political cartooning paring up with todays video on demand. To have him explain his political thoughts while watching a masterpiece emerge and transform is thrilling. It is such a great use of the internet as a medium and it advances what age old political spoofing can be. Check out The Naked Campaign page for the videos.
I’m grateful to live in an era when I can ask a friend “What have you been up to?” and he can answer “Making a movie. Wanna see the trailer?” The short film, a surreal love story called Now and Nowhere, was made with a live actors in a CGI world. The preview left me hungry to see the whole thing and curious to know what other art projects are taking shape in garages all over the world.