Michel Gondry and Boris Vian: a match made in heaven

There has been much talk this week about the woes of the visual effects industry. Snubs at the Oscars did not go unnoticed, including that of Ang Lee’s acceptance speech that failed to acknowledge the artists who helped him develop the look and visual flair of Life of Pi. Some think of visual effects as a tool to make the world appear believable and realistic, but it is far more than that, both in Lee’s film and in Gondry’s.

Appropriately, here is a reminder from Michel Gondry that visual effects are integral to the plot; they move the story forward, capture the viewer’s imagination and convey the author’s magical play with words. Michel Gondry’s “L’écume des Jours” is based on a classic French novel by Boris Vian, published in 1947. It is considered by many to be one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. A love story above all else, the story evolves in a world full of poetic and dream-like imagery, a world in which surrealist references abound; a flower grows in the main character’s lungs, threatening the couple’s happiness and their house shrinks around them.

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Ayhan Cebe, Statosdado, Echolab: Behind the Seen Opening Titles

A collaboration with Ayhan Cebe, Statosdado and Echolab ::: “Behind the Seen” is a science, technology TV show series with human flavor, tackling intriguing and exciting topics at the boundaries of human knowledge while mixing with human-interest stories.

BrightPhoton: Reel

New reel from Paris based BrightPhoton.

Guillermo García Carsí & El Señor Studio: Doomed: a biological cartoon!

Finally online in all its full-length glory, Doomed: a biological cartoon! by Guillermo García Carsí and El Señor Studio introduce us to endearingly bizarre animals with questionable abilities to play the game of natural selection. Carsí is the creator of the internationally successful children’s show, Pocoyo and Doomed! shares the series’s focus on crafted character design against a simple background.

The wildlife documentary format, made famous by David Attenborough and Marty Stouffer, has inspired many an artist with its stranger than fiction zombie fungus insects and decked out birds of paradise. As with any template, playing within this form creates grounds ripe for humor, as in Waverly Films’ The Amazing Lyrebird of Australia – Unseen Footage. It’s a great framework for a television show – allowing El Señor to highlight as few or many creatures in one setting as they want, as well as leaving the door open to explore real world settings in the future – as hinted in the end of the short.

Hat tip to Short of the Week.

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Beakus Studios + Daniel Chester/Moth: The Epistle

Seems only natural that Moth Collective would follow up the fantastic Mad Dogs and Englishmen by working with Beakus Studios on this section from the feature film A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. Directed by Moth member Daniel Chester, the results are awesome.

And yes: very funny, very NSFW.

Produced at Beakus Studios
Director: Daniel Chester
Animation: Daniel Chester, Matt Frost, Stewart Harvey
Production Manager: Eleni O’Keeffe
Producer: Steve Smith

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Festina Lente Collective: Pitch Festival

Amsterdam based Festina Lente Collective recently rebranded the Pitch Festival 2013, collaborating with Baster / Bas Koopmans and other creatives.

Pitch Festival has grown into a respected name in the music festival world in the Netherlands. The alternative electronic music festival will take place for the third time on the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam. On the 5th and 6th July of this year there will be performances of: Bonobo, James Blake (live), Jamie Lidell, Baauer, Diclosure (live), Trentemøller (live) and Azealia Banks among others.

Festina Lente Collective – branding en digital services – specialised in identities, websites and (digital) campaigns. For more information, visit www.festinalentecollective.com.

Giant Ant – Target

Giant Ant deliver some fantastic animation styles once again for Target. “Target came to us with a fairly open brief to make some content for LA Live, an outdoor multi-screen venue in LA. We broke the piece into 5 second chunks using the logo as a transition point and spread them around the office to Matt, Nico, Shawn, Jorge, Jay and to a couple of our favourite collaborators, Phil Borst and Sander van Dijk.”

Onesize: FITC Amsterdam

Stunning main titles for FITC Amsterdam 2013 by Onesize. The design is by Bradley G Munkowitz (aka GMUNK), who also did the whole design package for the festival. More info on the project and collateral pieces here (and a process video below).

The main inspiration for the creative came from the DMT-Delicious moments in the super-favorite film Enter the Void… Munko has been on a tunnel infinite-void kick for some years now and wanted to build a practical, LED installation driven by graphic sequencing, utilizing the techniques learned from the FOTB Titles and applying them into a more densely packed setup called the PYRADICAL… Once the Pyrad was constructed, the aim was to capture the visuals with both high-resolution Film and Still cameras, which would generate a vast library of content to pull from to produce the artwork for the Conference Package.

Design & Concept: GMUNK
Production & Direction : ONESIZE
Type Font Design: Brian M Gosset
Music & Sound Design: MassiveMusic

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Keith Schofield: Darwin Deez “You Can’t Be My Girl”

While wandering through the internet, sometimes you come across something weird and beautiful. Keith Schofield who brought us singing crotches in the past, now had some fun with stock footage.

As funny and ridiculous as it is, the video also tells us a sad and over-romantic love story. Fall in love, get married, have children, grow old together, live happily ever after. The images of perfect commercial love give the whole story an extra dimension. It’s not his life, it’s not his girl. Frustration, anger and fighting follows. Although it’s not technically perfect all the time, who cares, it made me laugh.

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The Dark Art of Mental Ray

In this training we\’ll attempt to demystify mental rays render pass system paying special attention to the mia_material_x and it\…