Category Archives: Animation/ Motion Graphics

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Jez Morgan – Animation

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I just had a visit from a friend who came to show me his latest project. In his spare time, Jez writes and records his own songs, and illustrates and creates his own animations. This particular project was inspired by Tron: Legacy the movie. Although he has not yet completed this project he did agree to me making a blog post about his work.

I am not sure of the animation software that Jez has used here, and he is also in the process of finishing it off. Personally, I think Jez has a lot of creative talent and unfortunately only uses his creative talent for his spare time but I have been encouraging him to at least blog his work so watch this space…:).

Above is an official trailor of the Tron Legacy movie taken from YouTube.

Updates

Jez has been making regular updating his animation and as he does I will be showing his progress.

Update 1

Update 2

This is my favourite update, I think the added audio makes a huge difference but mostly the best part for me is the moving squares that make up the typography. Ii gives, for me, a digital/modern effect and I look forward to seeing further progress from Jez.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins/ Spencer Ockwell

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I was surprised after watching Mr.Popper’s Penguins as I wasn’t expecting the animated end credit sequence, but I really loved it. It was fun and creative and I really liked the way the Typography was brought together with the illustrations.

Animated End Credit Sequence Performed at the Picture Mill.    Worked under the Art Direction of Grant Nelleson at Picture Mill.  I was in charge of the master build and sequence.  The talented Spencer Ockwell executed the wonderful Flash Animations.

http://vimeo.com/36647150

Spencer Ockwell talks to Animationinsider.com  in november last year, and explains about himself and his work,

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? I’m proud to have directed a few music videos and be signed with The Masses on their Masses Lab roster of directors. I’m also proud to be a Writer/Producer on a promising TV pilot for a kid’s puppet show, called Imaginus Zoo. You can get a taste of it atwww.imaginuszoo.com . The pilot is now represented by William Morris Endeavor, sponsored by Panasonic and is currently being pitched to networks.”

http://www.animationinsider.com/2011/11/spencer-ockwell/

All of the Lights, Typography, Motion Graphics

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Directed by Hype Williams. “All Of The Lights” by Kanye West feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi with vocals by Fergie, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Tony Williams, Alicia Keys, La Roux, The Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis.

I came across this video while researching motion graphics for my Typography assignment.

Apart from Rihanna wearing next to nothing as usual, I loved the video. The Type and lights are well suited to the song and im interested to see more work from Hype Williams.

Lars Von Trier

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http://movieposters.2038.net/movieid-476

Lars von Trier (the “von” was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film “Images of a relief” (“Befrielsesbilleder”) which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year. He had his real breakthrough with the The Element of Crime (1984) (Element of Crime), an expressionistic, yellow-tinted and post-modern film with a psychological theme, for which he won the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The Element of Crime was follow by the fiasco “Epedemic” in 1987, however Lars von Trier made a comeback with his 1991 film Europa (1991) (US title: “Zentropa”), which won him the Jury Prize as well as the Technical Grand Prize and Best Artistic Contribution at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, taking place in post-war Germany, is a great example of a post- apocalyptical film, with a wired hypnotic architecture and a centralisation on the human morale, responsibility and love. However, it is probably his later movies which Lars von Trier is going to be remembered for. His Breaking the Waves (1996), for which he won the Jury Prize at Cannes, was the director’s first film (in a trilogy) that centered on the female sex.

Many famous directors and actors have shown their appreciation of von Trier’s work. Quentin Tarantino mentions Von Trier’s Dogville (2003) as his idea of the best manuscript ever written, Paul Thomas Anderson said he would “carry Lars von Trier’s luggage anywhere”, Martin Scorsese has Breaking the Waves (1996) listed on his top 10 films of the 90s and Johnny Depp recently said this in a Danish film magazine: “Tell von Trier I’m waiting for an offer, when he is ready, so am I”.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001885/bio

I think Von Trier puts a lot of thought into the type, understanding it’s purpose and presenting it in the necessary way.

HiRes

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Creative Director, Co-Founder

Hi-ReS! London

May 1999Present (12 years 10 months) London, United Kingdom

Co-founded Hi-ReS! London with Alexandra Jugovic in 1999. Hi-ReS! is focused on creating engaging advertising through (interactive) experiences, whether it is a promotional website, a broadcast piece or an installation.
Creating strong concepts for our clients, communicating their vision and ours and challenging the viewers perception of the usual are what keep us in front of our screens until dawn.

President

Hi-ReS! New York

January 2011Present (1 year 2 months) Greater New York City Area

Creative Director

Nanika

April 2006Present (5 years 11 months)

Nanika is owned by Andreas Müller and myself and focuses on interaction beyond traditional input and output. Completed projects to date are interactive installations for global NOKIA Flagship stores, interactive wallpaper for the SONY Style store in Tokyo, an installation for the Herman Miller showroom in Chicago and an installation for Channel 4’s London headquarters.

Director

In-Motion AG

April 1996August 1998 (2 years 5 months)

Director and post-production supervisor on music videos, TVCs and TV graphics for an international client-base. With a heavy focus on VFX, using an in-house Motion Control System (one of 5 in Europe at the time), I directed large shoots right through post-production and final editing.

http://uk.linkedin.com/in/florianschmitt

Saw/Film 2004

http://hi-res.net/archives.html

I liked the above image when flicking through the work from HiRes, it gives the ‘less is more’ feel and with use of the back effect i think it shows a great combination.

Spike Jonze

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Spike Jonze has been a skateboarder, a video director — even an occasional stuntman. Now he’s a major director and a minor movie star.

Spike has been managed by Satellite Filmssince 1992, and in 1997, he signed an overall first-look development and production deal with Propaganda films for fetures and TV projects, and its subsidiary Satellite Films for commercial and video representation.

Aside from his directing, he has also appeared in various TV and short movies including Pig!, directed by Francine McDougall, where he plays a nose picker, and in the Pond video for “Spokes” where he’s a Hollywood Blvd. punker named Ricky. He has had other bit roles in Mi Vida Loca, Three Kings and The Game.

http://www.angelfire.com/ca/computersarenotpunk/bio.html

Spike Jonze is regarded as one of the most famous directors of commercials and music videos. He was nominated for the Academy Award in the category of producer and director in television and film. Jonze is well known for his contribution in the movies entitled “Adaptation” released in 2002 and “Being John Malkovich” a 1999 release. Jonze is also the co-producer of the popular program “Jackass” aired through the MTV television network.

http://mubi.com/cast_members/1897

I see Spike Jonze as a multi talented person. I imagine that the work he does are not easy tasks and therefor consider him as a hard-working and valued member of the creative community.

Michel Gondry

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Michel Gondry grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band called Oui-Oui. The band released 2 albums (‘Chacun tout le monde’ and ‘Formidable’) and several singles until their separation in 1992. Gondry was the drummer of the band and also directed their video clips in which it was possible to see his strange world, influenced by the 60s and by his childhood. One of his videos was shown on MTV and when Björk saw it, she asked him to make her first solo video for ‘Human Behaviour’. The partnership is famous: Gondry directed five other Björk’s videos, benefiting by the huge budgets. This led to commissions for other artists around the world, including Massive Attack. He also made a lot of commercials for Gap, Smirnoff, Air France, Nike, Coca Cola, Adidas, Polaroid and Levi – the latter making him the most highly-awarded director for a one-off commercial.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0327273/bio

http://my.spill.com/profiles/blogs/michel-gondry-is-indie-god

Following this link http://michelgondry.com/ you will see toilet paper with Michels’ illustrations…this is something i thought was very amusing, there is having serious work and then by adding humour there’s this!! I love it!