Animation Archive

  1. Si-begg

    Motion designers ATYP have just produced a literally mind-blowing (you’ll see when you watch it) promo for electronic musician Si Begg’s latest single, Permission to Explode. It’s a powerful combination of hands-on traditional animation techniques and computer-generated imagery that has a familiar digital feel. However, the hand-rendered aspect to the project elevates it beyond a simple digital aesthetic, taking the transient waveforms of Begg’s glitchy compositions and rendering them physical with vibrant style. We caught up with ATYP to find out a little bit more about how the project came about.

  2. Agslist

    Last year Art and Graft charmed our socks off with a short animation promoting Cornish autism charity Spectrum and so inspired were they by the organisation’s amazing work that they’ve been back – and this time they took some friends. They asked four of the best animators around – Mikey Please, Matthias Hoegg, Kristian Andrews and UFO – to create four portraits of individuals whose lives had been turned around by Spectrum (and they also made another piece themselves).

  3. Timothy-lapointe-cascade-list

    If I had a finite number of screen-grabs left in me – in the same way that I know I can only play Allesi Brothers’ Seabird a few more times before it will cease to be enjoyable – I’d use most of them up on this one-minute-20 wonder animation, Cascade, by Timothy LaPointe.

  4. List

    We’re no experts on the Chinese calendar and so, rather embarrassingly, were quite unaware of the recent dragon boat festivities that take place annually in remembrance of Qu Yan, Chinese poet and ancient political activist. To celebrate the event Nowness commissioned Dutch animator and art director Christian Borstlap to produce a moving image work that took the viewer on a journey though China’s pivotal industrial and cultural achievements, from gunpowder to Bruce Lee (is he a cultural achievement?) culminating in the Beijing Olympics.

  5. A-thousand-reasons

    Now that graduate season has come back around, it’s interesting to consider what has become of those we featured way back when The Graduates, our annual showcase, started. Well, in 2009 animator Daniel Britt was one of our first ever – and since then, his career has gone from strength to strength. He has just completed this beautiful animation, A Thousand Reasons, for the WMD Awareness Programme, which raises issues surrounding the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The short film involves an arresting use of origami; the pace and progression are very smooth, while the fragility of the materials and the care taken in their construction provide a stirring counterpoint to the annihilation under discussion.

  6. Domaudilist

    One of the most popular posts of 2012 so far featured Andy Gilmore’s colour-rich kaleidoscope compositions and so it’s a pleasure to see his work again, this time in a more commercial context. To mark the opening of Audi City, a new high-tech space in London, Audi are planning an as yet under-wraps collaboration with Chris Cunningham which will be unveiled in a couple of weeks. They approached Andy to create an illustration for the invites, inspired by the idea of repurposing space. His work was then developed into this really striking, intelligent design which can be enjoyed in more detail via the animation below.

  7. List

    Benjamin Renner’s A Mouse’s Tale takes Aesop’s fable of The Lion and the Mouse and embellishes it with a machiavelian twist, imagining how the story might have panned out had the mouse possessed a little more cunning and nous. Benjamin’s reductive character design and simple textural backgrounds give the animation just the right amount of pathos, developing the villain/victim relationship between lion and mouse beyond stereotypical traditions. Adding to this is a perfectly paced score from Christophe Héral that finishes the film beautifully. Absolutely worth a four minute break from your daily grind.

  8. The-human-type-list

    TED Talks are free and pretty bloody good if you didn’t already know and, over the last few years, this goodness has widened its free gamut to include the TED brand, methods and formats. As TEDGlobal’s director Bruno Giussani puts it: “The more you give away the more you get back.”

  9. Main

    Oh Part & Parcel, I can just imagine what it’s like to work for you. A nice little studio in New York, beers after work, antics on a roof terrace, a little shelf of comic books, good looking bearded friends asking if they can leave their bike in the studio for a bit (which, of course, they can). Okay, well who knows what it’s like in Part & Parcel but judging by their superb, growing selection of happy animations, videos, comics – life’s pretty good.

  10. Duck

    After watching some of the entries on the LoopdeLoop website I’m pretty sure you’ll never need to watch a full length film ever again after they prove to you that yes, a 15-second animation on loop can be enough to satisfy your viewing needs. LoopdeLoop is an online Australian “animation challenge” which publishes a theme – this month is “play” – and invites animators from all over the world to submit very short shorts to their site to be judged accordingly. The best one then aired to a live audience in Loop, an arty Melbourne bar.

  11. Nasalist

    I became pretty obsessed with the idea of working at NASA after visiting the Kennedy Space Center as a kid and being treated to astronaut’s ice cream (like real ice cream but in small round balls). Then various dream-spoilers (parents, careers advisors and the like) dissuaded me by pointing out that it was all very science-y and quite serious and I was utterly unsuited to this kind of lifestyle, tiny-balled ice cream or not.

  12. Marriane

    Marriane is Benoît Bohuin’s (aka BenBenWorld) newest and neatest typeface. This lovely little video will say more than I can about how great it looks in it’s infinite potential for bold, slogan-like graphics. Indeed, that is the inspiration: “headline lineal and protest writing (caps only), made of tape modules joined by drawing a typical notch.” The zeitgeist for pithy protests is ever-present and now they can have some serious design kudos. Kudos, Benoît!

  13. Hogan

    I can’t really explain what this animation Hogan is about beyond the obvious: 1990s fancy-dress stalwart Hulk Hogan appears to be labouring (enjoyably) under an acid-like morphing – at times a many-headed hydra that imbibes itself, at others giving the viewer a singular, relentlessly bleak stare. Its animator is Peter Millard who has been studying at the Royal College of Art and has potentially been troubled by the image of Hogan for some time – it’s the only way I can explain it.

  14. Onionskin

    Japanese animation team ONIONSKIN have somehow harnessed the delicious satisfaction you feel in successfully launching a scrunched up piece of paper into a bin from a distance and converted it into animated form. In this very sweet and unassuming short, ONIONSKIN manage to sync the rhythm of the song to the movements of the Sim City-like scene to absolute perfection. It’s not often you see a track with a music video that so perfectly fits the tone, but this one does. Perhaps that’s also down to the track being a music video creators dream. Doit Science, the band responsible describe it as “repeatedly complete imperfect Texture and too much Chorus.” Um, okay!

  15. Main1

    “Behind the housing estates and bedroom windows of Scunthorpe hides a cyber-world in which I am insignificant…” What an opening line! This perfectly-crafted short film was actually produced for Random House to promote Misha Glenny’s book Dark Market (which, after seeing this, I’m definitely going to read.) So behold this animation from “We am the Kestrel”, a collaborative team made up of Stephen Middleton, Theo Nunn, Phoebe Halstead and Nuno Neves, featuring a man trudging through Scunthorpe in all its glory whilst tendril-like feelers and creatures emerge out of the gloomy corners. Short, sweet, and very powerful – this must be the best method of promoting a new novel.

  16. This-is-not-real

    After a year of worldwide screenings and festivals, Gergely Wootsch’s delightful This is Not Real, his graduating animation from the Royal College of Art, is now available to watch online in full. The story follows a small boy on his “chimerical journey” from despondent reality to something altogether brighter and dreamily disconnected, depicted with devices unique to the high quality of digital craft Gergely employs.

  17. Andy-baker-society-all-that-we_ve-become

    Take a look at Andy Baker’s animated black and white music video for Society’s All That We’ve Become. The shadowy, pen-and-pencil aesthetic is very suited to the narrative’s connotations of teenage angst, while the hand-drawn qualities – in particular, the texture of the rotating record – present the “craft” elements of the production alongside its overall high finish. The use of lighting in the work – the electronic glow from the television, for example – is particularly beautiful.

  18. Animlist

    You know when something makes no sense at all and yet at the same time is completely comprehensible? Well that, one hundred times that, courtesy of Stockholm-based duo Kungen and Hertigen. Their Night Videos for MTV are surreal slices of stunningly-animated silliness, but like a dream it has its own narrative which somehow keeps the whole thing from tipping off the edge of sanity. I want to live in this world, I want horizontal hair, a square jaw and weird elongated arms. But life’s not fair so I will have to be content with watching this over and over again.

  19. Lv

    Louis Vuitton have been dipping their toes into the art world further and further in the last few years, and no one seems to mind –perhaps that’s because they seem to have a knack of commissioning the best people for the job every time. We’ve seen a fantastic Christian Bortslap animation, Michael Landy’s destructive in-store sculpture, and Julie Verhoeven collaborating with their design team.

  20. Mmmv

    So the heavens have well and truly decided to open herein London (you’ll know this if you live here as you’ll be soaking and miserable) but it could be worse, at least it’s not very cold. But hang on, according to this video for the Moones single Better Energy living in Arctic conditions can be really exciting. There’s salty seaodgs, expolding fish and penguins that give you massages. This looks amazing! Director Peter Sluszka has created a fun-filled few minutes mixing animation and zany footage for a bang tidy way to kick start Monday morning.

  21. Vfalist

    Debates will always rage over the merit of creative awards and the value of pitting diverse projects against each other, but at the very least they act as interesting bellwethers of the Zeigeist. This is especially true of the Vimeo awards which has the admirable ambition of recognising the very best work uploaded on the site across 13 categories.

  22. Fishlist

    The best infographics are able to take complex, nuanced and important data and present them in a clear and memorable way – looking good and communicating clearly are equally imperative if they are to have maximum impact. German studio UHS’ animation for the Ocean2012 campaign organisation is tremendous, taking an issue most people are at least vaguely aware of and rendering it in a vivid, powerful way with some lovely creative touches along the way. A fine example of this artform at its best.

  23. Speed-of-light

    The writer/director team Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp aka The Theory put themselves firmly in the forward-animation spectrum with their brilliantly innovative (and viral) Address is Approximate film last year. Their latest offering Speed of Light is no less ingenious in its effort to tell a good story using unique methods, this time with projection mapping on a tiny scale. Using the smallest “pocket video projectors” and some crafty, CGI-free editing, they directed a Lilliputian jail-break and tiniest ever police car chase across a random interior that sees everyday items help and hinder the dramatic race. Lovely stuff.

  24. Talist

    Forced to follow the Diamond Jubilee concert on Twitter (because of a competitive quiz-based game during an otherwise lovely Bank Holiday barbecue) it was striking that along with the flag-waving patriotism, snide cynicism and unceasing efforts of people trying to be funny, there was a lot of admiration for the animations projected onto Buckingham Palace during Madness’ short set. The work of London-based studio Trunk Animation, they used the grandiose canvas to full effect and brought an interesting visual element to a show not short of big set-pieces. On such a big stage in front of such a huge worldwide audience it would be churlish to complain that the animation wasn’t hugely groundbreaking, this was crowd-pleasing at its very best,

  25. 1

    Maybe it’s the French vocals, maybe it’s the fact that it only took two people, some pens, paper and some animation skills to make this absolute gem of a music video. Vaguely similar to that harrowing bit in Dumbo when the elephants go on parade – although I think most of us have managed to permanently erase that from our memories – animator and illustrator Vladimir Mavouniakouka has teamed up with Laurent Box to create “the story of a marketing revelation: a pyramid-single-hole-multi-use.” Or, as I see it, a croque monsieur for your eyeballs. Whichever you prefer.

  26. Es

    I was lamenting the proliferation of dreary making-of videos recently, wondering why they seem to swing from the sublime to ridiculous and suggesting that if there’s nothing else to say, it’s better to say nothing at all. They’ve become an unthinking part of too many projects, but anyone thinking of making one could do a lot worse than watch this example of it done very, very right. We’ve wanged on loads about Mikey Please and his BAFTA-winning animation The Eagleman Stag but this is a genuinely interesting insight into how it came together, crucially encompassing concepts and process. It’s a pleasure to spend seven minutes in the company of Mikey’s definite but lightly-worn brilliance.

  27. Smotion

    Well this is fairly major news, stop-motion may be over after Vincent Pianina and Lorenzo Papac (aka Le Petite Chomalade) released this mindbogglingly brilliant video for Odland’s single Østersøen. From a seafaring ship to the solar system, a run-away-train-rollercoaster-type-thing to a bed-bound chanteuse, the attention to detail is beyond belief, with the ocean liner’s pistons and the grain of wooden furniture all rendered to a ridiculous level of perfection. But as much as we can immerse ourselves in such terrific tiny touches, the overall effect is brilliant too and it hangs together with to create something more even than the sum of its marvellous parts. If you watch one thing today, make it this (you can also get some great making-of shots over on the guys’ site).

  28. Comet

    It’s hard isn’t it, when you’re having one of those days where you feel like you can’t do anything right and even though you’re surrounded by a sea of charismatic commuters you still can’t help but feel alone… And then you hear a song or something on TV and it makes you cry because it’s like, “ugh this is sooo my life!” No? Well even if you’re not having one of those days today you’ll still be able to identify with this sweet animation from George Shelbourn called Comet that tells the tale of a lost little comet, stuck on a strange planet and unable to fly away.

  29. Theraid

    A few weeks ago I went to see Gareth Evans’ The Raid which was, potentially, one of the most violent couple of hours I have ever experienced –my ears rang with gunshot until the next day, and I couldn’t get a certain image of an exploding fridge out of my head. Nevertheless, Gareth’s film is a gorey masterpiece, thus making it prime re-make material for a certain Lee Hardcastle, the man who, earlier this year, turned Pingu into something not unlike the first battle scene in Saving Private Ryan.

  30. This

    Despite hundreds of years in which to reach a consensus, there are certain issues that continue to divide humankind right down the middle. Are cats or dogs or better? Are artichokes delicious? Are puppets cool or creepy? I am firmly in the former camp of that last question, but even my admiration for all matters marionette is tested by this super-weird video for Modeslektor and Thom Yorke’s single This. Created by Brighton-based studio Future Deluxe, it’s a fabulously atmospheric few minutes mining that rich seam of unease about childhood toys. Then three minutes in it gets a bit animated on your ass (arse if British) taking the promo in a neat new direction. Impressive stuff.

  31. Sblist

    The phrase stop-motion conjures up images of pasty-faced obsessives hunched over their painstaking creations in darkened studios, but Scottish artist Spaceboy is reclaiming the genre with an alfresco piece just unveiled in Edinburgh.

  32. Blood-orange

    Blood Orange (Devonté Hynes) and Haley Wollens met on the internet so it makes sense that the music video for BO’s latest track, Champagne Coast is set in meta-rooms designed and built by the duo. Wollens, the director, plays heavily with the internet-only effect of flattened perspectives, moving textures and girls dancing on their own in each new room with a gif-like jerkiness that syncs to the track perfectly. This formula could very easily have been a pop-up ad-like nightmare, but it just isn’t – the music is easy listening and the video, for all the crudeness of its rendering, is actually brilliantly crafted.

  33. Willis_earl_1

    OK,OK, I know I’m a couple of months late on this one, but how on earth could I continue not to post this video from Willis Earl Beal? You can get a good little synopsis of what he’s about from our quick ditty back in January, but above you can see a wonderfully complete piece of music promo, both drawn and narrated by the man himself.

  34. Smd

    Like Simian Mobile Disco? Like really cool animated cubes? What do you mean no? Are you kidding? Oh you are. Great. Well watch this – Hans Lo of Iso studio has just released this for the SMD single Put Your Hands Together and, as you can see, it’s beyond ace. Now stop winding me up you cheeky chappie.

  35. Anilist

    There’s a particular breed of dull, derivative and/or formulaic animation (ani-meh-tion?) that we would file under the competent rather than exciting category, but thankfully the sterling chaps over at Animade are here to help. This brilliant series of tutorials gives a 15-second pointer as to how people can spruce up their basics to make them more enticing and engaging. Focussing on finished product rather than process, they nevertheless offer an insigthful slant on this medium.

  36. Bs

    Sometimes an ad blows us with away through sheer effort and we’re wowed as much by the planning, time and expense as by the finished product. But at other times organisations show they appreciate that in the information-saturated shouting match the modern media landscape sometimes resembles, whispering can be the most effective way to get a message across. This short spot by Rethink Communications for the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia is incredibly communicative and moving, bringing the charity’s “Protect your Memories” campaign to life with simplicity and pathos. It reminded me of the first few minutes of Up in its less-is-more approach, which is just about the highest creative yardstick I can use.

  37. Wonderful-world

    This music video for Lost Lander’s track Wonderful World is like looking into the nicest, most colour-happy petri-dish. Stefan Nadelman’s beautiful, propagating visuals animate the “additive evolution of prime numbers,” pleasing us no end with his deft animation and synaesthetic timing. Wonderful indeed.

  38. Sean-pecknold

    The apocalypse is here in Sean Pecknold’s latest animation and it falls on the (headless) shoulders of two shadows – literally, metaphorically – to represent the last of humankind. The male gets it into his head that they should procreate, something the female, and myself, find a confusing and prolonging act of pointlessness – queue relationship problems. It’s a charming and esoteric animation, made simply of paper and rice, a departure in style from the last we saw of Sean and his music video for Shrine, epically crafted for the band Fleet Foxes, but this is in no way a bad thing and the unelaborate animation devices compliment the narrative so that Sean’s distinctive ability to tell a great story is as vital in the work as ever.

  39. Grant-orcahrd

    To celebrate their 15th birthday onedotzero – luminaries of the digital moving image realm – have commissioned a number of their filmmakers from over the years to create wallpaper making Granimator™ packs with app interface designers ustwo™.

  40. Titanic

    Back in 1997 you couldn’t move for mentions of Titanic as James Cameron’s blockbuster swept all in its path, but if you thought we’d hit saturation point, you were wrong. To mark the doomed ship’s centenary this week, everything from TV shows to tribute cruises (creepy) have hit the headlines and the mania has reached fever pith (Kate and Leo are back too in 3D). Amid all the madness though this film After the Flood produced for the BBC History website is a rare beacon of sanity – beautifully made, informative and restrained. The doyens of data visualisation have done it again.