It's always nice to see the work of modern day students, and this case is no different. Flow is the MA graduation project of Mathijs Demaeght, who studied at RITS School of Arts. The story follows a mourning girl as she attempts to cope with loss, and in the process makes an unlikely friend. The change in aspect ratios may seem weird at first, but it's used in unique ways that help tell the story. All emotion is conveyed through motion and music - there are few details aside from character silhouettes that move along the narrative. If you can tell a cohesive story through pantomime, you're doing animation right.
Simpals has created a second wild and fun CG animated short to follow up the award-winning Dji. Death Fails from a few years ago. Remember the not-too-distant past when CG water was the holy grail of animation VFX? The R&D required probably would have put a short like this off the table. Today, it doesn't get in the way of an entertaining idea. Great work by the folks in Moldova. I particularly like how "extra" the Death character is in the credits dance off. He's so into it!
There has been a lot of talk about the Oscars this week and why Lego Movie was not among the nominations for best animated feature film. Personally, Lego movie was one of the best animated movies of the year and rightly deserved a place among the top 5.
If you haven't seen it yet, here is the trailer for another nomination, "Song of the Sea" by Irish Director Tomm Moore who was previously nominated for his 2009 film "The Secret of Kells", a beautiful stylised animated film that every animating enthusiast must see.
Song of the Sea however looks equally beautiful with is broad but simple use of shapes, composition, lighting. This style is echoed throughout the features backgrounds, sets and character design. It is always nice to see an animated feature that moves away from the conventional main stream 2D/3D animation that we are so used to seeing. I am hoping the story is just and engaging and I am looking forward to seeing this when it is realised later this year.
Gulp is a stop motion animated short film created by Sumo Science at Aardman. This film has simple and very fun ideas, it was also very beautifully done! Besides the story, I am also very impressed with the use of the life-sized props and the pixelation artist in this film. In addition, Gulp has also broken a world record for The Largest Stop Motion Animation Set. For more interesting information about the film, check out The Making of Gulp here.
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