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Each Frame of This Stop-Motion Animation Was Made with a 3D Printer

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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With highly accurate 3D animation the standard in today’s world, it’s refreshing to see someone taking animation back to its origins when every frame was hand made… even if they did use highly modern technology. The creative folks at DBLG recently finished up an in-house project that sees an animated bear walking up a never ending flight of stairs, and each frame in this animation is individually 3D printed! [Read more...]

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EVOLVE: AMAZING ANIMATION USING PAINT

Sunday 03.30.2014 , Posted by
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Based in Trinidad, Annelie Solis expresses her truth on the canvas. Painting spiritual visions of awakening and awareness this young artist is wise beyond her years. She paints from her heart- the visions that come to her when her mind is most clear. A visionary painter, Solis’ works share a common theme of opening our third eyes and perceive more than the sensory world. In the video below, she created a paint animation of evolving to open all 7 chakras. [Read more...]

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Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all. [Read more...]

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You Won’t Be Able to Look Away: This Walking Sculpture Cycles Through Mesmerizing Forms

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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Get ready to be hypnotized. This new animation from Universal Everything sees a stocky white figure loping before a white background… don’t let the stark beginning fool you though – your eyes will soon be glued to the slow-motion action that unfolds on the screen. [Read more...]

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Beauty: Classic Paintings Spring Into Motion in This Stunning Film About Life

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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What do we do when standing before the classic paintings of years past? For many of us, as we gaze at the beautiful flourishes of paint that make up icons like Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia or William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus, the aim is making them real in our minds eye. However fantastic the scene, can we believe that these images are real? This recent film called Beauty is helping us to realize that yearning, bringing the paintings of old into an entirely new light by putting them into stunning motion. [Read more...]

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Animated Pottery: Zoetrope-Like Motion on a Spinning Bowl

Sunday 01.05.2014 , Posted by
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Two mediums that have their roots in the ‘handmade’ converge in this creative animation strategy on spinning pottery. The UK Craft Council commissioned this clever promotional campaign which shows the potter at work in his studio with an unusual twist. In addition to seeing the potter making and glazing work in a traditional way he is accompanied by a digital animation artist. The end result of their process is an incredible zoetrope-style animation using the pottery wheel to bring still images to life. [Read more...]

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Traceloops: Matthias Brown Uses Rotoscoping and Other Experimental Techniques on His Animated GIFs

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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Animated GIFs are everywhere, but dig these fantastic looping animations from Matthias Brown! He’s using the old school technique of rotoscoping – a technique invented in 1915 by Max Fleischer where animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films (the same technique notoriously used in the animated ’70s version of The Lord of the Rings). Here the process lends a refreshingly analogue look to this viral form of digital media, in many cases even revealing the corner marks Brown uses to align his many frames. [Read more...]

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Stop-Motion LEGOs: An Amazingly Accurate Remake of ‘The Blues Brothers’ Legendary Mall Car Chase

Wednesday 12.04.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to old-school movie chase scenes, there are few that match the epic destructiveness of the classic mall car chase from The Blues Brothers. Similarly, there are few classic toys that have quite stood the test of time like LEGO. That’s just one part of why this creation from Australian stop-motion animator Duncan McConchie is so incredibly cool. It’s matched nearly frame for frame with the original film and features the same cool dialogue from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at their very best. [Read more...]

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155 Years Before the GIF: The First Looping Animations Created for the Phenakistoscope

Monday 12.02.2013 , Posted by

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A little while ago we covered the technology that went into Japanese band SOUR’s music video animated on spinning CDs… but that’s just the most recent in a long line of spinning disk animations. Almost 155 years before CompuServe launched their first animated GIF in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau created the Phenakistoscope – commonly regarded as the first device to display a true animation. [Read more...]

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Check Out This Japanese Music Video Beautifully Animated on Spinning CDs

Monday 11.11.2013 , Posted by

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Forget all the GIF animations you’re addicted to, and the conventional computer ones too. This wild new music video for the Japanese band SOUR’s single Life Is Music uses rotating CDs to bring a vintage style of animation to the modern day. A phenakistoscope was a nineteenth-century animation technique that used still images marked radially around a disk. When spun and viewed through a small slit, the image was visually prevented from blurring and created the illusion of movement. Designers Masashi Kawamura (of creative agency PARTY) and Kota Iguchi (of design studio Tymote) have updated the phenakistoscope technique, using animations precisely synched to both the shutter speed of their camera and the beat of the song. [Read more...]

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