30.07.15 by Jeff

Trippy Animation of the Day: Hiraoka Masanobu’s Spectacular New Short

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Japanese animator Hiraoka Masanobu returns with another mind-melting surreal feast for the eyes. Masanobu’s style is so recognizable now and yet the films remain as unpredictable as they always were. Watch the animation below.

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29.07.15 by Jeff

I’m speaking at Blend!

If you’re gonna be in Vancouver October 16 + 17, I’ve been invited to speak at a two-day festival here called Blend. It sounds like it’s going to be more of a party than a conference, for lovers of animation but also other creative things too (at least I hope so otherwise they’re going to be severely disappointed when they realise I’m not an animator).

Tickets are available at http://blendfest.ca.

28.07.15 by Jeff

Animation: The Happy Drummers “J. Balance”

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Quite a unique style to this animation by Oleg Morozow and Arkady Kravchouk (The Happy Drummers) graduates of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Apparently the effect was achieved through a combination of 3D animation and the use of an old printer. Watch the animation below.

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25.07.15 by Staff

Video of the Day: Horizon

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“Horizon” draws attention to our limited perspectives but also the importance of overcoming limitations and expanding our worldview. Watch Gianluca Scuderi’s ode to horizon lines below!

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23.07.15 by Jeff

Trippy Animation of the Day: Azel Phara “Green”

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Pretty cool particle effect in this video for Azel Phara, directed by bif. Watch “Green” below.

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20.07.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Antoine Maillard

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Love these animation loops by illustrator Antoine Maillard from his animated comics project. More images below.

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16.07.15 by Kimi Hamada

Elliot Schultz “Embroidered Zoetrope”

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Australian animator and digital artist, Elliot Schultz, embroidered discs with animated sequences that can be played on standard turntables. “Embroidered Zoetrope” was Schultz’s final art school project when he graduated from ANU back in 2013. Check out the delightful and mesmerizing results in the video below!

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15.07.15 by Staff

Hayao Miyazaki Un-retires

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Studio Ghibli founder and iconic animator Hayao Miyazaki is working on a 3D animation about a caterpillar named Boro! The only hitch: the ten minute short will take about three years to make. And once it’s finished it’ll be screening exclusively at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan.

“I intend to work until the day I die. I retired from feature-length films but not from animation. Self-indulgent animation,” he said at the time in reference to his short films for the Ghibli Museum. He added then that while neither CG animation or hand-drawn animation is better than the other, he fears the latter is dying.

“I think talent decides everything. More than the method, what’s important is the talent using it. There’s nothing inherently wrong or right about a method, whether it be pencil drawings or 3-D CG. Pencil drawings don’t have to go away, but those who continue to use the medium lack talent. So sadly, it will fade away” – Hayao Miyazaki (source)