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A Mind-Melting Animation for Good Books International

March 14, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Loaded with visual references to the writing of Franz Kafka and Hunter S. Thompson this incredibly slick animation was created by String Theory for online bookseller Good Books International that donates 100% of its profits to Oxfam. There’s another version including narration of Hunter S. Thompson that probably explains the visuals a bit better, but I personally found it a bit distracting. (via vimeo)

 

 

 



Animation Food

Fresh Guacamole: A New Stop Motion Short from PES

March 8, 2012

Christopher Jobson

In his first stop motion short in over a year, animator PES (previously) has just released this brilliant companion piece to his groundbreaking 2008 cooking video Western Spaghetti. I’m happy to report this new clip is every bit as wonderful as his earlier works. PES has an uncanny ability to utilize the most unexpected common objects to represent foods, animals and other things—those dice!

 

 



Animation

Fine: The Birth, Life, and Death of a Soldier (As Painted on a Hand)

March 7, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Fine is a new animated short by Milan-based animator Virgilio Villoresi that tells the brief story of a soldier as painted on and pantomimed by his hands. The whole idea is a little silly in its description but Villoresi’s attention to detail in the painting, gestures, and editing really elevate this short into something pretty remarkable. (via vimeo)

 

 

 



Amazing

Tilt-Shift Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

February 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Though tilt-shift photography is widely overused these days, this clip by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli could be one of the best examples of the method I’ve ever seen. Shot during the 2011 Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro and set to music by Agnelli that evokes Phillip Glass, The City of Samba turns this annual spectacle of staggering scale and proportion into a delightfully miniaturized version that feels as though thousands of toys are tromping through a kitchen cabinet. The parade starts around 2:00 but do yourself a favor: switch it to HD/full-screen, and watch it all the way through. (via vimeo)

 



 

 



Animation Music

Love Is Making Its Way Back Home: A Stop Motion Animation Using 12,000 Sheets of Construction Paper

February 23, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This great new video for Josh Ritter’s Love Is Making Its Way Back Home was directed by Erez Horovitz and involves the meticulous animation of over 12,000 laser-cut pieces of construction paper. Via Etsy:

A team of nearly twenty artists, editors, directors and product assistants ushered the video into being. The group started with storyboarding and computer animation before converting the digital graphics to paper cutouts (frame by frame), photographing those 12,000 cutouts and then stitching them together into four minutes of paper animation.

You can learn more about how it was done and see some great behind the scenes shots on Josh Ritter’s blog. (via etsy)

 

 

 



Amazing

Inception Park: Hovering Roller Coasters Fly Above the Streets of Buenos Aires

February 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This is almost too good for words. A wonderfully clever video directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films, in which hovering roller coasters fly through the streets of Buenos Aires, completely unconnected to tracks.