Variety on practical fx

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20 Typefaces of 2008

Font Shops 20 Typefaces of 2008

Behind the scenes of Coraline

Motionographer has some info about how to view behind the scenes videos at the website for Henry Selick’s Coraline.

The strange flip book world of Cult.

> Quicktime H.264
(9mb)
> iPod Compatible
(7mb)
> Watch in Flash
(6mb progressive)

> Quicktime H.264
(16mb)
> iPod Compatible
(14mb)
> Watch in Flash
(12mb progressive)

Based on a music video for Dutch group Kraak & Smaak, the same directors have repurposed the flip-book-meets-real-world concept for this series of idents for Fox owned Italian channel Cult.

According the channel, the idents are “an intriguing game of perspectives in which the protagonist is the claim of the channel: TV or not TV?.”

For a channel which describes itself as “curious, nonconformist and irreverent”, this trippy collection of mildy confusing idents, and an equally strange slogan all somehow works perfectly.

Kris Moyes: Beck “Youthless”

Animator and live action director Kris Moyes never ceases to amaze me—and his latest music video for Beck’s “Youthless” is no exception.

“Youthless” is pure lo-fi, stop-action magic, packed full of details and wonderful “recycled” Beck characters. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time Beck and Kris have worked together; I sure hope they do it again, Kris’ unique style and Beck’s music seem like a perfect match.

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Kris Moyes: Beck “Youthless”

nobrain: TF1 IDs

Paris-based nobrain created a staggering number of beautifully crafted idents for TF1, France’s biggest network. Each five-second clip is jam-packed with detail and fluid animation that reflect the channel’s many personalities.

I love the seemingly endless permutations of the typography. nobrain really put in a ton of extra effort on these. If you haven’t been by their site in a while, make sure to check out the Movies section, as they’ve recently updated some new work.

Credits
Production : cosa
Director : nobrain
Post Production : Sabotage
Post-producer : Benjamin Bridet
Graphists 2D : Lenoic Favard,Jeremi Clapin, Fabien ventroys,Jerome Lionard, Nicolas Bory, Duy Thien Truong, Adrien Degrivel
graphists 3D : Stephane Bève,chauki Rodesli,Marianne Cruchant,Margaux Durand-Rival, Robin Risser, Floriant Durand, laurent Guerin, Laurent Harduin

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nobrain: TF1 IDs

Endangered Liaisons, by Don Shay

Cinefex founder and publisher Don Shay has written a book, but it’s not about visual effects. Endangered Liaisons is a collection of photographs and writings on the wildlife of Africa. The book’s launch video is available here.

Chris Dane Owen’s VFX Tour de’ Force

Alright, this is just to good to be true. I can’t stop watching this and thinking to myself “This is why so many smart folks spent years of their lives conceiving of, and building computer graphics hardware and software”. It seems that the entirety of our industry has culminated into this single event. The release of Chris Dane Owen’s “Shine on Me” music video. Do you like “porn quality” lighting and costumes? How about split screen swordplay? Throw in a healthy dose of stock footage, a lime green guitar and some flying dragons that look stiffer than CG guy in a Yoga class and you’ve got yourself one heck of a…

Well, I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s 100% pure awesome. Chris’ website credits “Academy Award winning special effects artist Robert Short” as the Director. Roberts’ IMDB profile shows a long list of credits for special effects make-up and VFX work. It does not explain how the incredible Lando-style mustache that Chris wears in the video was created. I’ll keep checking the website for a special features section.

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VFX School Now Open – Tuition? Free!


VFXHack fan and all around great guy Agrapha, has compiled a plethora of VFX links(266 to be exact) on YouTube. There is some fantastic stuff here, how-tos and interviews from projects old and new covering a variety of subject ranging from stop motion and animatronics to compositing and miniatures. You kill a few hours on the Dark Crystal stuff alone! Another highlight is Walt himself walking us through the construction of Pirates Of The Caribbean. Check this video out and please post any ideas you may having explaining the babe with the riding crop.

LINK to Argapha’s VFX library on YouTube

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Galactic Mail

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Galactic Mail is a project made by Asterokid and friend Jonathan Vuillemin aka Motraboy. It was produced by The Mill in 2008. Using Softimage as the main tool, it took four months to complete. (Their previous effort, Sigg Jones is still one of my favourite shorts)