Just announced at the Geneva Auto show, Mini has a new concept car out. It features some really clever details like a tailgate that will hold your snowboard and double folding doors that help in tight spaces. But, the main reason you’ll find this featured here is the amazing video Post Panic put together to promote the car. The mixed media film combines live action with 2d/3d animation, motion graphics, stock footage and visual effects for a really clever spin around the Mini design office. Whatever your opinion about the new Mini’s styling, the advertising is tops! [Read more...]
Two twin brothers, not drawn completely alike, help us understand Einstein’s famous Twin Paradox. One twin takes off at near light speed for the dark depths of space, the other a creature of comfort, stays home to drink tea. Tracing their diverging lives this clever animation by Yuanjian Luo explores the often misunderstood logic behind such concepts as time dilation and nonequivalent reference frames… it’s an amusing, understandable and heart warming ride.
The mythical Greek tale, Oedipus, starring a potato, broccolli, caulifluar and tomato. This stop motion film, produced over a 2 year period using over 100 volunteers, features highly detailed hand built sets and post production donated by Industrial Light + Magic… not bad for an 8 minute short. Get a detailed look at what went into this film in the ‘making of’ and full storyboard films below.
Here’s a sweet motion graphics piece explaining some interesting facts behind one of our favorite pastimes: kissing. The well executed animation talks about brain chemistry, anatomy and the language behind locking lips… all in a hot minute.
Created by students at the Vancouver Film School using After Effects and CS4.
“What do you do for recreation? … Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.”
The Big Lebowski (1998)
If you could take one moment from a favorite film and watch it forever, what would it be? These amazingly well done animated GIF’s from the excellent blog If We Don’t, Remember Me, do just that. By trapping the characters from these films in short looped moments they come partially to life, bringing with them either a vague feeling of unease or cyclical humor. To see many more animations, with new editions added frequently, see iwdrm.tumblr.com or get updates via twitter @iwdrm.
If you’ve ever closed your eyes while walking or put on a blindfold and tried to drive (bad idea), you will quickly find that it is impossible to go in a straight line. In this beautifully drawn animation, eloquently narrated by NPR’s Robert Krulwich, we see a history of attempts at tracking the standard human path while ocularly incapacitated. He asks the question: “why can’t we go straight?” [Read more...]
Not yet out of school and already with some impressive animation under his belt, we think Winchester, UK based Tom Rainford is someone to keep an eye on. His playful work is colorful and engaging without taking itself too seriously. If you like these animations, be sure to check out his illustrations at tomrainford.co.uk
A grey planet revolves, it’s surface constantly changing texture and shape. Valleys form, mountains sprout out of flat surfaces… such is the creative work of Tom Beddard. An ex-physicist, he likes to make home-brew programs that generate interesting math based images and shapes.
Beddard makes his works interactive whenever possible. He is currently working on a fractal explorer that will allow us to manipulate images like the video featured here. Be sure to check out his blog, including it’s many math based toys at subblue.com.
Our Mr. Sun is a campy scientific video from 1956 expounding on the many wonders of our galaxy’s very own star. Combining live action with animation, it features creative infographics describing the influence of the sun on humankind. Check out the graph of population growth at 35:15 and new ideas about solar technology. We’ve come a long, long way.
The film was originally telecast in 1956 and 1957 to 9 million homes; some 600 16mm prints were distributed to schools and community organizations.
If you’re a fan of Helvetica, Garamond or even Comic Sans, these six creative videos are for you. Typography, the art and craft of creating and arranging fonts, has changed drastically over the past hundred years. While there used to be long stretches between new font types or glyphs, we now see new itinerations of the alphabet arrive on a daily basis.